Arming schoolteachers who volunteer and are properly trained is a heated subject. Yes, no, good or bad, it’s an important matter not to be ignored or taken lightly.
Twenty years ago, my grandson was a student at Columbine on that deadly day. Seriously shaken, time allowed him to develop into a respectable adult, a married father. The horrific event of insane murder, at a “safe place,” affected his parents forever.
At public and private establishments, it has become commonplace that crazed individuals of all ages premeditate vicious killings. It seems no one can escape becoming a victim.
It is imperative we guard ourselves, our families, friends, coworkers and neighbors. It’s impossible to stop the insanity, for our world has adopted a foolish attitude that someone else must take control; someone else is at fault; someone else lets these tragedies occur. We must do our part to eliminate at-random slaughter of the innocent.
Every precaution must be taken. Installation of metal detectors at main (and only) entrances of buildings, first and foremost, along with checkpoint armed personnel without question are necessary.
Respectfully, I disagree with Sam Himmel’s recent reaffirmation against arming teachers. On one hand, she feels “like our teachers are there to teach.” On the other, she feels “like our teachers are there to protect our kids.”
How can teachers protect themselves or their students without aggressive training and proper equipment? How can teachers concentrate when fear and worry of danger and death may walk the halls?
Teaching “a kid for three or four years” may influence Ms. Himmel’s ability to protect and save children, disqualifying her as an armed candidate.
There are many major concerns. We issue concealed weapon permits without giving thought to the seriousness of handling firearms. There’s no mandatory training and no physical or mental background check. This is an alarming scenario, as almost anyone can legally carry a gun, regardless of personality traits or hidden mental ills.
Not wise enough to have an answer, I’m smart enough to recognize the need for change in our lax procedures, policies and personal feelings. We cannot sit back, advertising “gun-free zones,” enticing and inviting those who must be locked out.
Once a loved one is taken from us at the hands of an armed maniac, it’s too late. We must level this horrible playing field, perhaps by arming the target.