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1/18/2013 9:19:00 AM
Arm the teachers; save the children

To the Editor: 

Hooray for the John Birch Society and the National Rifle Association (NRA) for demanding that our school teachers be armed to protect our children by using their U.S. Constitutional gun rights and armed guards. 

If the teachers had been routinely armed in the past decades, it’s obvious that the killings and the casualties would have been reduced by at least 90 percent. 

However, our leaders and the police wouldn’t allow our teachers to be armed and by doing so they have directly violated our Constitution that they have sworn to uphold and facilitated the horrible death and destruction. 

They should be investigated and prosecuted for such acts against our children. We should support the John Birch Society and the NRA in their efforts to arm our teachers and protect our children, and if the teachers bring their own guns, it will cost nothing.

Ed Nemecheck
Landers, Calif.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013
Article comment by: Zach Oelke

Just brilliant. And what would you propose we do when a teacher goes crazy and shoots a bunch of kids? Because that day will come. Then what? I swear people are so dumb sometimes.

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: Chuck White

Wake up Gary the reference was to The Birch Society and it IS racist. Doesn't require spelling it out!

FYI "slip out of my list of words to incite....."? Last I looked you didn't have access to MY LIST. If you felt incited, good! Your baiting game, disguised as a 'simple' question doesn't work with me and you should know that by now.

But you are right about 1 thing no answer just might be the best option in reply to your commentary. I'll work on that, but no promises. And by the way, there isn't anything effort expended in replying to your offerings. So I just might have to press on and insight-fully fight back.

Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013
Article comment by: Gary Meinert

Chuck: You used the term racist in a comment about arming teachers in schools. I asked you a "simple" question how race entered into the subject. If you can't answer it don't try. Often no answer is the best answer. Look at my comment (question) and point out what part of it was "nasty".

Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Article comment by: Chuck White

Gary, You are the flag bearer for nasty & getting personal and my comments, in spite of your opposition and self-serving slant are relevant, truthful and proudly mine. And please do not twist analogies, as you often do, to mean what you want them to mean. That serves no purpose other than your own.

I truly don't require a lesson from you on any subject and would appreciate you refraining from such implication nor do I make comments for your edification, thus you might want to consider YOUR replies more closely AND, I'll say it once more, say something with some meat on it. That we we might just have a conversation that's worth having.

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Article comment by: Gary Meinert

Chris: The base word of Racist is RACE. I was asking what RACE had to do with arming teachers in the schools. Playing a RACE card inevitably shows a weak hand. The Birch Society as far as I am concerned is a dead body. They are as far fight as the Obama administration is to the left. Neither will benefit our country. Yes chuck, I run my flag up the pole....I'm very proud of my flag and my friends who died defending it. Chuck, I enter these comments because that is what they are for, didn't you understand that? It would be appreciated if you could just once make your point without getting nasty. Give it a try. I think the rest of us might read your comments and consider them closer.

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Chris Hansen

Gary, he might have been referring to the author's support of the John Birch Society. You know, the far right group that opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Even William Buckley labeled them a far right "fringe" group so don't get on me about that.

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Chuck White

Gary Know anything about the John Birch Society?, Past, Present and obviously Future!

Go ahead and argue this until you are blue in the face take that back until you're red in the face(you're a righty).

That group always has been and always will be racist and I won't apologize for the comment and they undoubtedly would never apologize for being what they are.

Seems like the only time you enter into these discussions is when you want to run your flag up your own pole. Once again you offer nothing coherent, nothing suggestive only critique of others that you find objectionable. What a shock!

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Gary Meinert

Chuck: I'm interested in the term "Racist" in your short comment. Just what "Race" are you talking about? How does "Race" enter into this issue? Did you actually mean to use that term or did it just slip out of your list of words to incite or make your case?

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Chuck White

According to Mr. Smith 8 words solve the problem.
Maybe a background check should be made on this guy.

Just what education should be, Mr. Smith 'us against them'. Who needs the 3 R's or anything else that would teach and train our kids for the future and the leadership of this country. We'll just send them all off to boot camp and how to shoot pumpkins off a stump.

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Rick Smith

Arm the students, the heck with the teachers!

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Terry Fondow

Well put, Lisa. Those who propose arming teachers don't understand the psychological dynamics involved in shooting at another human being. Many soldiers in WWII never fired their weapons, and they were trained and ordered to shoot to kill. Guns in the classroom, like guns in the home, will be 43 times more likely to be used to harm an innocent person rather than a criminal. Only highly trained security personnel should be allowed to have guns in schools.

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Lisa MaKarrall

I don't know what's scarier, that this letter had an author or that at least two people agree with it. So I guess now that you want to train teachers to be SWAT team members along with their other duties, you won't mind if they get their collective bargaining rights back. Since they would now be officially law enforcement, ACT 10 wouldn't apply to them. They could sit at that bargaining table and talk about class size, testing, curriculum and oh yeah, what type of assault weapons to order for everyone and how many high capacity magazines they need. Oh and body armor, can't forget the body armor.
And since I've seen many a comment on this forum about how those lazy teachers only work nine months a year, put them in a squad car the other three months. Or better yet, send them to Afghanistan to take out the Al-Qaeda affiliates lurking around our schools. Who needs the Navy Seals when Mrs. Jones can kick butt like Rambo. In fact, maybe she could teach the Navy Seals a thing or two.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Barry Ewald

Right on Ed. Odd that most of those opposing gun rights are themselves protected by guns. President Obama is protected by armed guards but our children are not. Congressmen are protected by guns, our cnildren are not. Try getting into a Federal Building with a gun see how guns are used there.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: John Miller

So just how real is the threat of an violent attack at our Elementary and Primary School?. We should start with the number of schools, approximately 139,000 public and private, and divide that by the number of mass shootings at schools that have occurred from 2000-2013, (13). Then multiply that by the number of terrorist groups and Al-Qaida affiliates who would like to attack us and who have active members in our country, (X) and you can get a good estimate on just how vulnerable we are. That (X) factor is the scariest thing to those who pay attention to things like this because it is the unknown.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 1992 to 2006 less than 1% of all homicides involving children ages 5-18 occurred at school. While that may be a comforting fact, the number of people who died from a terrorist slamming an airplane from 1900 2001 was zero.

The web site www.armtheteachers.co has the most balanced and well thought out approach. Give the teachers and administrators controlled access to the firearms. It is much better than the "Hide and Hope" stratedgy that was used so successfully at Sandy Hook.

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: Chuck White

Right we should all become gun toting racists. Brilliant!. When was the last time YOU read the Constitution?

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