Letter to the editor: Arming teachers a red herring

Arming teachers a red herring

Received Feb. 24

Arming teachers to stop school shootings is a red herring. It is completely impractical and serves only to distract from the harder issues like mental health, background checks and access to unreasonable weaponry. The only solution to a bad guy with a gun is not a good guy with a gun (did not work in Florida).

Another, more doable one, is keeping the gun out of the hands of the bad guys in the first place or at least reducing the firepower.

Arming teachers impractical? How so? I have taught in school classes and qualified with a 45 in the Navy. That does not make me qualified to carry a gun in a school as an urban warfare defense measure. If I was a teacher asked to carry a gun in class to ward off the crazies, I would 1) Say no, or 2) If I chose to do so, I would say, “Only with training and a significant pay raise.”

So that is not going to happen, hence impractical. But maybe I am wrong and the crazies could be deterred from entering the school, though crazy and deterrence seem unlikely partners.

How else might they use weapons to kill a bunch of students? So we also would need to arm bus drivers, playground monitors, crossing guards and coaches. Arming teachers to stop school shootings is a red herring.

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MIKE BRAY

Idaho Falls

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