Letter: Well-armed schools

January 9, 2014 

Tim Legore (Letters, Dec. 25) seems to suggest arming school employees to protect students from firearm violence. He quotes NRA's Wayne Lapierre:

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun."

A few questions:

w If a student is hurt in an accident and bleeding, will faculty members assume violence, particularly if someone is nearby (rendering aid)?

w If a student swipes a "school" gun, could someone be shot?

w How many should be armed ("more the better?")

w Can parents still talk with a teacher about his/her child's grades?

w Can the brother/sister/friend of one of the teachers drop by?

w If a gun goes off accidentally (car backfires, firecracker, etc.), will the faculty run around school grounds with guns drawn?

w Can cooks, local pedestrians, a neighbor with a rifle also help?

w Should the police be called? And, how will they know who is faculty, and who the "bad" guy is?

w How can faculty determine if two student are in cahoots or just dumb, and one is showing off his new pistol?

w Should someone try to talk the "perp" out of it, before shooting?

Lapierre/Legore forget that people sometimes get confused between "good guys" and "bad guys."

D.L. (ANDY) ANDERSON, Richland

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