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SHOOTING: Train and arm school faculty members

Letter by Richard L. Reynolds, Graham on Dec. 19, 2012 at 11:38 am with No Comments »
December 19, 2012 11:38 am

Re: “Change culture, violent games” (letter, 12-19).

The letter by Kenneth Eikenberry, a past state attorney general, was right on the money.

Much has been written on the senseless act in Newtown, Conn., blaming the guns, the NRA, mental health issues, the shooter’s mother, etc.

Your editorial (TNT, 12-19) talks about “tamping the firepower and restricting sales to those who can pass a background check.” Neither of these actions would have prevented or lessened the tradgeties in Newton or many of the other mass shootings that have occured over the past 20 years. One thing they all had in common was they were gun-free zones, which is what these shooters are looking for.

In most, if not all cases, the weapons used were illegally obtained. In this case the shooter killed his own mother in order to obtain these guns.

Arming a select few of our teachers/administrators after proper training and obtaining any required permits is about the only thing that does make sense. Two of Newton’s faculty died while trying to stop the shooter. Had they been trained and armed, they could probably have eliminated the shooter and greatly reduced the number of students and teachers killed.

Calling 911 is great (for backup), but it takes time for the police to get there, assess the situation and then enter the building. Train and arm the faculity. It could be a lifesaver and one of the few options that really makes sense.

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