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Letter: Arming teachers would make our schools less safe, not more secure
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Mundy Mill Academy students file onto buses at the end of the school day in Gainesville, on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. - photo by David Barnes

Is it possible to arm teachers, and fortify schools, and guarantee fewer student deaths and injuries? Facts provide the answers: The more guns a country, state or school district has the more gun violence occurs. Fewer guns means fewer dead and wounded. Period.

In a school setting, guns would be on a teacher’s hip or in his desk or in her car. How secure are these firearms? And how well-prepared are those teachers? 

A study of New York City police officers (1998-2006), all trained marksmen, showed an average hit rate of only 18 percent when discharging their weapons in the line of duty. Accuracy varies with each shooter but it is logical to assume bullets missing their target in a crowded school hallway will fly wild, compounding tragedy, not averting it. 

Regarding the idea of turning schools into safe havens with high walls, single entrances and metal detectors ignores the fact that a deranged person with multiple guns could easily target students entering schools or at bus stops. 

What are some of the solutions? Armed guards at schools. Fewer guns on the street: Public service campaigns to stress the importance of securing weapons in homes. And new laws that make bump or slide-fire stocks and binary trigger devices for weapons illegal except where permitted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Cavanaugh Murphy


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