Meridian Star


December 30, 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012

MERIDIAN — Armed teachers

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    Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, has suggested that the way to prevent mass killings in schools is for teachers to pack heat.

    Now I am fully supportive of our teachers (I was one myself), but let’s try to think this through.

    There are almost 100,000 public schools in America and about 33,00 private schools and about 3.7 million teachers and perhaps 0.3 million administrators for a total of about 4 million teachers and administrators.

    Now let’s suppose that 10 percent of these people (400,000) are armed. In any population of 400,000 people some of them, let’s guess 1/10th of 1 percent, or 400 people, have some sort of emotional issue that might cause them to react inappropriately under stress — some students can be very difficult to deal with, even violent.

    Teachers are not immune from psychological problems. Now do we really want 400 people with psychological issues wandering about our schools carrying deadly weapons?

    Think about it.

    Bob Regl, Hattiesburg

A gun is a tool

    Gun Control? That's an interesting topic, if only everyone was on the same page.

    For instance, a gun, by itself, is an inanimate object. Example, let's take three totally different objects and examine each:

    • An ax is a tool used to cut and/or chop wood or other soft materials. But, put that ax into the hands of an unstable or murderous individual, and the ax is no longer a tool, but a weapon.

    • A BIC ballpoint pen is a tool used to write words. Whether those words are good or bad is left up to the holder of the pen. But, look further, put that pen into the hands of an unstable or murderous individual, and the pen is no longer a tool, but a weapon.

    • A Gun is a tool for law enforcement, personal security or providing food on the table, if you are an American hunter. But, put that gun into the hands of an unstable or murderous individual, and the gun is no longer a tool, but a weapon of destruction of life.

    As a tool, the gun can provide food and life to an individual. As a weapon, a taker of life. The gun does not make the choice as to what it's purpose or use. That choose is, unfortunately, in the "hands" of the individual human being that is about to use it.

    Also, the three items that I choose can also be used for other purposes. For example, each can be used as doorstops, holding a window up or as a paper weight.

    Yes, we need laws in place to protect us. The only gun control starts with people control. Or, maybe, our government should have outlawed and banned guns, of all types, after the Revolutionary War for Independence of the United States. If the liberals believe that, then this nation would have been conquered by another people along time ago.

    God help The United States of America. Thank you.

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