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Letter: Arming teachers is a bad idea to protect schools
Mary Claire Foley, center left, 16, embraces Ariana Skafidas, 16, students at Henry B. Plant High School at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, as they raise their lights during a vigil to honor victims of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Congress should not support the president or the NRA, who are advocating to arm school teachers. This is a bad idea, a bad policy, and would result in catastrophe. 

First, giving civilians gun power in an active shooter situation will likely create more fatalities, and make it harder for law enforcement to stop the situation. 

Second, we do not need to provide funding for such a ludicrous idea. If we have extra funding, let’s pay teachers more. Period.

Third, arming teachers is simply a way for gun manufacturers to grow their market and further saturate our culture with guns. 

Finally, I implore Rep. Doug Collins and Sens. David Perdue and Johnny  Isakson to just do something. Be the politician that puts forward a bill that simply closes one loophole. Be the politician that presents something that will help monitor who has the guns and that most Americans would agree with. I’m begging them to reach out to their party and across party lines to make change that helps. That starts the process of monitoring guns effectively and helps parents sleep a little better at night.

Marian Leigh Miller

Flowery Branch

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