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Guns in school not the answer to problem

Letter to the Editor

In reading Jim Gorges’ LTE (Sept. 7) I was struck by his repetitive reference to “good guys” and “bad guys.” I’m surprised he didn’t include the iconic white hats versus black hats in his portrayal. So, I’m curious: What’s the difference between “good guys” with guns and “bad guys” with guns? If the “bad guy” follows the pattern as the perpetrator of evil and preconceived violence, then “he” also has the advantageous element of surprise.

From my observations, the “packing” people have chosen to holster their rationale and common sense. A gun is a poor substitute for clear thinking, good judgment and awareness of surroundings. This is not so much a school security issue as it is another stab at promoting fear and instilling suspicion. When you pair fear/paranoia with a gun, you often get an unintended consequence. Have Mountain View educators been polled about this issue? How many teachers and substitutes will the district lose if this “policy” is implemented?  You can’t require an educator to carry a gun or support the NRA so what’s the point? Some situational training would certainly be beneficial — but let’s leave the guns at home, and, at least for now, opt for less fury and more education. 

The idea of guns-in-schools to counter some possible bogey-man threat is not an educated person’s answer to a perceived problem. Maybe I’m dead wrong (Oops! Bad phrase) but I don’t think a pro-gun policy is the answer.

Shelley Dumas



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