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Patrons should oppose proposed gun policy

Letter to the Editor

Patrons of Mountain View School District should oppose the proposed gun policy that already seems as good as in-place.

There are no law enforcement agencies recommending firearms in schools. Not the FBI, the Idaho State Police, the county sheriff’s office, nor police departments. In fact, at a recent board meeting while many officers present voiced pro-gun sentiments, the department quickly backed off endorsing the idea of having guns in our schools, distancing itself from any liability.

No part of the insurance industry is recommending schools arm themselves, neither are the U.S. Department of Education or State Board of Education.

Where then, does the need for guns in school originate?

There are peculiarities in the proposed gun policy. One is the requirement for any firearms used to be of American origin. Additionally, the requirement that firearms instructors “…must have completed a course of instruction and be certified by the National Rifle Association.” What does the NRA, a thinly veiled shill for the American gun industry, have to do with our school gun policy?

The NRA has a National School Shield program for the advancement of guns into every aspect of American life including our schools, and provides grants to lubricate the process.

Not only is there no law enforcement, insurance or education support for firearms in schools, school board member Mike Domniguez, has gone on record, blatantly lying to the public fabricating the danger of guns in our schools. He stated to the Free Press, March 3, “Anyone who thinks people aren’t carrying guns into our schools right now is blind.” Teaching at two of our schools, I’ve never heard such a thing from principals or superintendent. That’s because it’s a lie. I don’t know what motive a board member could possibly have for making such unfounded, baseless statements other than being the unwitting victim of fear mongering gun culture propaganda himself.

The patrons of the school district should contact board members as soon as possible to oppose guns in our schools until such time a major law enforcement agency advises it. Let’s make sensible decisions for our schools.

Patrick Phillips



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