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The Newtown Tragedy

wtmoore1 Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 10:55 PM
Arming teachers is the worst possible solution to this. I hesitate to ask teachers to confront kids fighting, especially at the high school level. Expecting them to confront an armed gunman is not their job, and they definitely aren't trained for it. You don't become a teacher expecting to sacrifice your life on the job--it's just not an assumed risk they take on. It is absolutely ridiculous to say to teachers when asked what the state and/or district plans to do about increased security to hand them a pistol and a holster and say, "Go to work." That's not a real solution.
maryanne24 Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 10:57 PM
Well being a teacher in NYC, it will never happen I know. I personally do know how to use a handgun but would be worried about bringing one to work for obvious reasons. We should have metal detectors and there are other things that can be done.
UltraMan Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 11:01 PM
Someone who is going to shoot up a school is going to walk up to the metal detector, pull his gun, and start shooting from there.

You should take a NRA gun safety course.

And take hope. Who would have thought that Michigan would become a right to work state? You may still be able to arm yourself, eventually.
Basset Hound Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 11:06 PM
Doesn't Connecticut have some of strictest gun laws in the country? Of the 12 deadiest school shootings in US history, haven't half taken place since 2007?
maryanne24 Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 11:06 PM
I have taken the NRA class and I have CT permit. I have done a lot of dry practice and been trained by my instructor at the range. I was very scared the first times I fired the gun. But I feel better now. The liberals are just scared oif guns. I really think that is it. And they don't trust themselves with them.

I went through all this because I don't want to depend on cops or the government...and that is right, I don't trust the gov
wtmoore1 Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 11:07 PM
UltraMan,

I live in Missouri, and I have hunted since I was a youth. I respect guns, but I don't think they belong in the classroom. At least five members of my family are teachers, and it isn't fair to ask them to take on an armed gunman. That's not their job.
maryanne24 Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 11:09 PM
I agree wtmnoore...not a great idea for teachers to have guns in the classroom, but maybe security guards...the idea of armed security is crazy too. Unfortuanetly stricter gun laws won't stop this stuff.
wtmoore1 Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 11:16 PM
We had a police officer in my high school every day. I think a lot of high schools are like that now. I just don't want teachers armed. It makes them a target. That's not "optional."

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