Foes of arming teachers showed ignorance in MDJ
January 09, 2013 12:00 AM | 1037 views | 12 12 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

After reading Sunday morning’s MDJ editorial page, I found two pieces, Dave Young’s letter to the editor, “Teachers to be SEALs now, too?” and “Award winning columnist” Judy Elliott’s column, “We are ‘Helpers,’ so time to help with weapon ban”...which were so either disjointed or lacking in logic, that I felt compelled to comment on both.

Mrs. Elliott obviously recognizes that she has no expertise with firearms so she attempts to skirt the issue with a rambling, theological/children’s TV star rant of which I got the point: Pray to your elected representatives to stop the slaughter of unicorns by “mean looking” guns. Or something like that.

Young’s letter, critiquing a proposal to arm teachers, was an example of (unlike Elliott, who made no attempt at speaking directly about issues of which she has no expertise) exposing his obvious ignorance of how much training would be required for an armed school teacher to prevent, or keep to a minimum, the casualties of a Sandy Hook-type scenario. He also has a misconception of the lack of courage, which he seems to attach to the educator who would have to “confront a suicidal lunatic in body armor, armed with high-capacity firearm intent on killing as many people as possible before he kills himself.”

First, addressing the amount of training: These teachers would not be rescuing hostages, nor would they be acting as policeman investigating suspicious persons. They are a last-resort, life-or-death source to stop the killing of children. Some have referred to them as “road bumps.”

The training required for individuals who would volunteer for this, depending on their familiarity with firearms, could take as little time as a brief orientation or a few hours of classroom instruction with a few hours of range time. (Note, that there is no requirement in Georgia for any firearms training prior to applying for a concealed weapons permit.)

As far as cost to the educator, I’m sure many of us who are certified firearms trainers would volunteer their time to provide these applicants with the training needed.

The last comment of Mr. Young, for which I take issue, is his assumption (perhaps a bit of projection) that only a “right wing Rambo” would take action in the scenario which he described. Here he obviously doesn’t have much experience. I’ve witnessed many heroic acts by people who were the antitheses of “Rambos.” Also, what he doesn’t seem to realize, in his scenario, this educator would probably have a better chance of death if he didn’t have the capability with which to fight back — unless he immediately ran in the other direction — without his students —and cowered in a corner! As evidenced by Sandy Hook, the brave educators there didn’t exercise that option. They took some of the bullets meant for the children and lost their lives.

Young and the other opponents of arming school teachers should open their minds and wonder how the situation might have differed if some of those school teachers, including the principal who encountered the shooter in the beginning, had had a firearm — and some less-than-SEAL training!

Bill Stanley

Marietta
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Too funny
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January 09, 2013
Really? Arming teachers is your idea of an America we can be proud of? Good grief you people are unglued.
Bill Stanley
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January 10, 2013
Why are 'we people unglued'? No explanation? Oh, of course,you must be a liberal!
Too funny
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January 11, 2013
The explanation is intrinsic in your recommendation.
bleak future
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January 09, 2013
The way it is going we will need the Army guarding every classroom, school bus and park in a few years.
Kevin Foley
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January 09, 2013
Knowing the teacher is armed, the next Adam Lanza waits outside the classroom until the teacher's back is turned. He then enters the classroom, kills the teacher first and then shoots the children.

Devlin Adams
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January 09, 2013
Wrong, Foley, as usual. Knowing some teachers are armed, he passes by.
To adams
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January 09, 2013
goes to gun shop for more ammo and higher power weapons, bullet poof vest and comes back prepared
Kevin Foley
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January 09, 2013
@ Adams - No, you're wrong. The Columbine shooters knew there was an armed cop at the school and opened fire anyway.

Devlin Adams
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January 10, 2013
Foley, you need to get your infromation straight.

First of all the Columbine shooters were there to kill everyone they could then commit suicide. That is why they planted bombs in the cafeteria and in their own cars.

That is why they did not care that there were armed guards there. They were already ready to die, and had nothing to lose. The fact that they were students of the school and "belonged" there is why the armed guards were not on "alert" at the sight of them.

Quite making up scenarios to justify your claims. If you are afraid of, or don't like guns, don't buy one. Just don't tell me I can't buy one.
CobbCoGuy
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January 10, 2013
The armed officers at Columbine engaged the shooters and a very strong argument can be made, based on the timeline of events, that lives were saved as a result.
Jim Stoll
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January 09, 2013
I have been listening to the "more guns", "less guns" argument for over 50 years now and our society still doesn't seem to understand that guns don't kill people -- people do. I come from Chicago, which has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country and more people still get killed with guns in that city than in any city in the country. Maybe the time has come for our society to consider adopting a solution rather than trying to continually band-aid the problem. I wonder what it would be like if our society would decide to educate its children and demand that every child must graduate from High School before he or she is thrown out onto the streets without any means of earning a living except to steal. If that were the case, maybe fewer and fewer of that uneducated rabble would be around to decide to come back to our schools with a gun, to get even. They might be working.
common sense!
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January 09, 2013
Great letter. Anyone with any common sense ( and this automatically excludes liberals) knows that some kind of armed force is needed in schools. It could be a security guard or someone with knowledge and experience with guns, but if schools had someone near the front door, tragedies like the Sandy Hook one could be avoided. We have to do something and not just allow the "take the guns" folks to disarm us.
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