Your Voice: Secure schools with firearms
by Tom Whitten, Tracy
Dec 27, 2012 | 2815 views | 9 9 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Slaughter of 20 children and six teachers has prompted congressional proposals for gun bans, but no suggestions from President Barack Obama. He might propose restrictions on violent video games, movies and toys, for a start.

When National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre recommended adding a security officer in every school, his words were mostly met with protests and disdain. But he was correct in saying, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” 

Virtually all schools are now gun-free zones.

That sounds fine, but it only attracts psychos looking for soft targets. The killing of our soldiers in Fort Hood, Texas, was incredibly in a gun-free zone. Their alleged killer, Maj. Nidal Hasan, was well aware that his 42 dead or wounded victims were unarmed. Soldiers who cannot carry a weapon on their base is a cruel joke. That could be changed by executive order.

Better identification and treatment of mental problems is a more difficult problem, and the president should suggest added research, at the very least. 

An alternative and less costly way of providing security for schools would be to allow teachers, with proper training and background checks, to carry a concealed weapon. Many teachers would be willing to be armed. Each state could define and pass such laws. 

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January 10, 2013
so let's see, we have a HUGE problem in this country with people shooting others with guns, and your response is not to work to remove guns or at least the very worst ones, but to add more guns to the mix? Really?

You realize that we lose on average something like 100 police officers a year, most thru shootings. And these are people who are trained and equiped to respond to a shooter, and usually have to qualify a basic skill level every year or so. But somehow teachers, whose main focus is teaching and dealing with unreasonable parents somehow are going to do better? And that still doesn't address malls, movie theatres, county fairs, amusement parks, etc.

How about the fact that the CO movie theater shooting lasted less than a minute. Less than a minute to kill 12 people and injure 58. I know I read somewhere the exact number of seconds, but I can't find it now. He was also wearing ballistic armor. Even if an armed gaurd was at the theater entrance, dpending on the layout of that theater, it would not have been unreasonable for the gaurd to take longer than that time to get to the right theater. Realize which person in the chaos was the actual shooter, then get a clea
January 10, 2013

Using yer logic on guns perhaps we should illegalize hammers as more people in th US are bludgeoned to death with hammers an clubs than are killed by guns.

Th point of my comment here is ta illustrate that no matter what ya do people are still gonna kill one another. Doin away with hammers or guns ain't gonna stop that. But a heavy handed approach ta those that commit such crimes an preventin em frum havin access ta mainstream society will reduce such acts of violence.

Use a gun ta commit a violent crime, get yerself publicly executed. Note, this penalty wouldn't extend to usin a gun fer self protection or th protection of some one else who is th victim/recipient of a violent life threatening crime being perpetrated against em.

If these shooters thought thair was someone present that could lethally resist them they wouldn't go there to commit thair crime.

But since it's a "gun free zone" it basically says to th criminally minded, "Welcome, do your bidding we don't have the capability of defending ourselves against you."

Point in fact. Guns do not kill people, people kill people or themselves. How they do it sometimes involves a gun.
January 10, 2013
Spike cont.

Regardless if they use a gun, knife, poison, a sharp stick or a hammer, if people are going to violently threaten people an kill them they are goin ta do it.

So th question remains, since th PD can't be everywhare at once an it's economically impractical ta have a cop at th front door of every household, how would you propose th average law abidin citizen protect th lives of his family, neighbors an himself?
January 10, 2013
Wow, Dave, I finally agree with you on something. And since the grammar, spelling and phrasing was borderline coherent this go-around, I even refrained from mockingly making the “drinky drinky” hand gesture as I read your post to my friends who usually break into fits of uncontrollable laughter while trying to make heads or tails of your witless ramblings.

Anyway, while I personally could have easily written it more eloquently and intelligently than you did, I do agree with the gist of your response to SpikeVFR. And since I agree with you this time, I helpfully suggest that you hold off on making one of your usual babbling rants as a further response. Those only seem to damage your credibility (which you certainly don’t need), and I have a feeling that even the most intelligent argument you could muster up would be lost on SpikeVFR. He seems like one of those lispy Bay Area kids who shops at Abercrombie & Fitch, thinks tennis is an actual sport and listens to high school girl music in his Prius whenever he manages to take a break from ogling photos of women in yoga pants on the Internet and annoying all his neighbors in Mountain House.
January 07, 2013


By LTC(RET) Dave Grossman,
December 31, 2012
There should be NO GUNS in schools The reason schools are failing is because they need books paper and pencils not more VIOLENCE brought in.

You all want guns in schools.

What happens when the oversized male teen over takes the female teacher whom has a gun locked up but was over taken by him . He will now use it on her and a few more of the kiddies in the process.
December 30, 2012
We need to understand the word ASSAULT when we speak of ASSAULT weapons. What does it mean to you?

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