Hopefully The Herald reporters and writers will remember that school shootings are “over-reported” and “very uncommon” the next time one occurs. (“Arming teachers won’t make students safer,” The Herald Aug. 31). And I am sure they will propose the impossible task of collecting all 300 million guns in America and will volunteer to go out and knock on doors to accomplish that when the next one happens. In other words, The Herald’s position is that doing nothing is better than allowing properly qualified people to do something.
Almost all veteran law enforcement officers will tell you it is not convenient to have a weapon with you at all times, but they do it as a public service. There are teachers and staff at schools who have experience with weapons who might be willing to perform such a service. Shouldn’t we try to find out?
Mentally unstable people attack schools because they know the kids are defenseless. They rarely attack police stations where nearly everyone is armed and practicing gun safety every moment of the day. Your editorial staff is mentally intimidated by the prospect of allowing responsible people to do what they cannot do because they cannot imagine themselves as being responsible for anything they write about.