Don't arm teachers

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In response to the letter “Teachers should be armed” (March 2), I strongly disagree with the writer’s rationale.

The idea of battling violence with more violence is totally counterproductive to eradicating the problems we face with mass killings. Putting children in the crossfire of a demented killer and a teacher in the classroom would add to the carnage, and would not address the real problem that is plaguing our society. To arm teachers is the height of foolishness, and more likely would injure innocent children than save them. What teacher in a highly emotional situation like that could be sure she wouldn’t hit a child instead of the killer?

Putting the focus on behavior caused by violent movies, TV programs and video games, and finding help for those people who desperately need it, should be a priority. Gun violence is promoted by a breakdown of our family values and moral fiber, and arming more people makes it worse, not better.

I realize that we will never go back to the ideal days of The Andy Griffith Show and Father Knows Best, but let’s not regress completely back to the gunfightt at the O.K. Corral!

Molly C. Gray

Aiken, S.C.

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deestafford 03/10/13 - 07:44 am
The letter writer is right on the cause of the problem; however,

her solution is not right for solving the immediate situation that can occur. The immediate response to a school schooting should be armed response not some liberal, psychobabble response of attacking the cause. That can be done after it's over. A well armed, well trained school teacher(s) can saved lives. Granted, we should not even have to think about something like a school shooting but society has sunk to a level that makes armed response necessary.

Darby 03/10/13 - 09:36 pm
"The idea of battling violence with more violence....

is totally counterproductive to eradicating the problems we face with mass killings"

With acknowledgement to Little Richard... Well, good golly, Miss Molly....

You would be right if your premise were within a thousand light years of being accurate but it is so far off the mark as to be laughable. We ARE NOT talking about gunfights, we are talking about avoiding a terrible tragedy by being prepared for the unthinkable.

The crazies out there have demonstrated repeatedly their affinity for using our children for target practice. You seem to suggest that we carry on while someone looks for a passive solution. We should just whistle in the dark and look the other way as we walk quickly past the graveyard of reality.

And for your edification, not one soul was caught in a crossfire at the O.K. Corral...

zippy 03/11/13 - 06:27 am
Has it wrong

Molly's mistake is that she sees an armed teacher as likely putting children in a crossfire. In reality, the children are the initial TARGET. An armed teacher is there to protect the unarmed child. Even in the event that a child is caught in a crossfire, it is better than being an unprotected target.

soapy_725 03/11/13 - 08:34 am
Fire two school mentors and hire

two armed, trained, uniformed and licensed security guards from a private security company. Preferably, one not owned by a county commissioner or his wife, cousin, girl friend, etc.

bumblebeerose 03/12/13 - 05:07 am
To say yes or no to this is hard for me

This is one that is really hard for me to even think about. I have a child in school and yes I want her safe just like all of us want our children safe. Before I would even consider saying no or yes I would like to know what kind of training the teachers would have, where the gun would be kept. How often that teacher would go back and get recertified at the gun range. Could we send the chosen teachers to Police Officer School or to Corrections Officer Training School just so they would have a better knowledge of how to handle these types of situations.

Understand I want all the children protected but I want the people protecting to have the skills to do it as well.

Dixieman 03/13/13 - 10:45 am
3,979,802-1/2 POINTS

OK, then send your child to a school that has a big sign out front that says, "No one in this school has a weapon" and see what happens. While you're at it, a big sign for your front door saying, "No weapons kept in this house" would be an interesting idea.

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