No place for guns
EDITOR: Arming teachers is yet another idea conceived without debate coming from a White House and a party that functions best behind closed doors.
Teaching in the iPhone era is hard enough. To retain the full attention of a class, teachers must practically perform acrobatics, juggling books, ideas and humor. Now imagine adding guns to that performance.
And what about an atmosphere of learning? What student would even dare ask a question of a teacher armed with a gun? Perhaps the whole idea is really meant to stifle intellectual curiosity. After all, virtually every policy, executive order and legislative proposal from this federal government has been conceived independent of facts and consequences.
Maybe the next idea will be to do away with schools altogether. When truth has lost its value, then of what value is education?
The Sea Ranch
Price of security
EDITOR: Since we seem to accept that the National Rifle Association and Donald Trump will make sure that there is no effort to keep guns out of the hands of school killers, then we should brace ourselves. Texas has done this, and it costs $5,000-$7,000 to train an armed school guard.
There are 98,000 public schools, 33,000 private schools and 7,236 colleges. If each school gets two armed guards, at an average cost of $12,000 (for two), then simply multiple, and you get the annual cost of hardening our schools: $1.6 billion.
Since guns are the danger, then guns should pay for it. I suggest we tax future sales of guns and ammunition to pay for the hardening. Set the tax high enough to fully cover the cost.
Now add in shopping malls, churches, sports stadiums — anywhere that people gather.
EDITOR: The National Rifle Association and Republicans have received a great deal of criticism after the recent school shooting in Florida. I just want to remind people that no NRA member and no Republican or tea party member has ever been involved with school or other mass shootings.
Yes, I have spent the time to access the voter registration records.
EDITOR: I’m a proud gun owner. I have been all my life, and I know how to safely handle them. I grew up with them; my father taught me how to shoot. I’ve been against any kind of gun legislation forever. But given the recent events, I have changed my mind.
I’m not advocating an outright ban on guns. Unfortunately, there are millions of guns out there, legal and illegal. That toothpaste is out of the tube. But if a young man, or anyone, can go into a gun store or a gun show and procure an assault weapon or any firearm without a proper background and clearance check, or age limit restriction, that’s got to change. It is absurd that the government won’t regulate on this.
Forget bump stocks. They’re irrelevant. The “typical” possessor of the guns in these shootings wouldn’t know how to contact an illegal gun supplier to get a firearm. They just waltz down to the local gun store and buy one — and all the ammo they want. It has got to stop. Strict government action is the only way it will. To hell with the National Rifle Association.