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Letter: NRA proposal

December 27, 2012

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To the editor:

My needle is usually stuck in the vinyl. I keep hearing the same old. However, the National Rifle Association has put forth a most refreshing solution to mass violence. First, we arm the teachers. Without funds from the federal government for this slam dunk success, we will pay for it with privatization, restructuring, vouchers, outsourcing, downsizing, rightsizing, tax breaks, charitable contributions and of course volunteers. Once we secure the schools we can ask the Bowling Alley Coalition to retrofit those pin setters with some really updated rocketry.

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none2 1 year, 3 months ago

Don't you just love the old fashion ideas? We need teachers to get back to the R's in education:

Reading wRiting aRithmatic...

AND

Rifle shooting!

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Larry Sturm 1 year, 3 months ago

Arming teachers is not the answer can you imagian the devistating effect on a teacher if they shot and killed some one mabe even the wrong person accidently', they would proubably never be able to teach again.

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newguy 1 year, 3 months ago

I should go and write a silly tongue-in-cheek letter to the editor of my local small town midwest newspaper regarding a controversial subject.

That will certainly make a difference and maybe someone will think I'm a clever person.

Maybe.

Please validate me?

Please LJworld, aspire to a higher standard of Journalism and ignore inane letters like this.

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Tom Huyser 1 year, 3 months ago

Did anyone notice the shooting incident in Texas that happened the day after Sandy Hook? A guy pulled out an AK and started shooting near a crowd of people in line to go to a movie. He first shot up some stores but his line of fire was moving towards the crowd. An off duty sheriff shot him with her privatley owned weapon, stopping him before he could hurt anyone. The most important part of the story is the fact that no one from the national news networks even mentioned it. Now rather than provide a link I suggest you look up ANY newspaper or local news outlet from Texas, I think it was around Amarillo area and see what they are saying about it

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labmonkey 1 year, 3 months ago

Bea...

Gun control legislation will not keep guns out of the hands of people who really want them. Just look at Columbine. All the guns were illegally obtained, and none were what you wrongly call assault rifles. Mainly pump shotguns and handguns with 10 round magazines. They also made 99 IEDs with instructions easily obtained from the library or the internet. This was smack in the middle of the assault rifle ban, and they commited many felonies before they stepped foot into their school. If someone is mentally unstable enough with enough pent-up anger, no law is going to stop them. Not Loughner, not Holmes, not Lanza. The only thing that could have stopped them is a good guy with a gun. Although the Oregon mall shooter wasn't killed by the concealed carrier (who was damn responsible actually and what you want to see from someone with a CC license http://www.kgw.com/news/Clackamas-man-armed-confronts-mall-shooter-183593571.html), he didn't kill anyone else but himself after facing someone else with a gun.

All gun control does is keep guns from law abiding citizens, and the stats on Chicago and DC do not lie. Around the world, crime skyrocketed in GB and Australia when they banned guns, and Luxemburg is one of the murder capitals in the western world. What many call "reasonable" gun legislation is feel-good BS that will not solve anything. If teachers want and can pass a rigorous course, let them carry. This gives them more than "throw pencils and erasers, and if you can, a desk if someone looks agressive" (actually in a KC area's school handbook for teachers), it is a simple solution, and the teachers who carry probably already own a gun so there is little taxpayer expense (and I had several teachers and administrators in school I would trust with my life and to safely carry a gun over many police officers, especially police officers in the town I went to school in).

And Obama (whose administration sold guns to Mexican drug cartels and hails politically from the city with one of the strictest gun laws yet with one of the highest crime rates in the country), and Dianne Feinstein (who has voted against the partial-birth abortion ban many times so she isn't in it to protect the children while wanting to fingerprint and register gun owners) have very little credibility when it comes to "reasonable" gun control.

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bigtoe 1 year, 3 months ago

Los Angles has a separate police department that does nothing but protect the schools and the kids in them. It has been in existence for many, many years.

It consists of 5 full divisions of police officers and oddly enough it's called THE LOS ANGLES SCHOOL POLICE DEPARTMENT. They have their own badges, uniforms, cars, guns with high capacity magazines, etc., totally separate and apart from the regular Los Angles Police Department.

It looks like that pinko Mayor Viagra in Los Angles (speaker at the Democrat convention) is in total agreement with the NRA that we need armed police officers in every school available to shoot it out with anyone who wants to harm the children.

http://www.laspd.com/index.html http://www.laspd.com/recruitment.html#hiring

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Brock Masters 1 year, 3 months ago

We have read how if there was a ban on high capacity magazines or AR 15 rifles not as many children would have been killed. Guess what, neither was used in the killing of those children

Still horrible, but once again the media puts out incorrect info that fuels their agenda.

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AjiDeGallina 1 year, 3 months ago

Recent polls have suggested that the NRA is not even representing the majority of their base who are now willing to discuss some limitations on heavy weaponry.

If a kid throws a rock, lets give everyone rocks.

Stupid, just plain stupid.

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 3 months ago

Lab, you brought up a real good point on how our present person in change of this USA, got his hit man off the charges of gun sales to the Mexican drug runners, how soon some people forget, and look the other way

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tolawdjk 1 year, 3 months ago

Ignore the messenger and accept that his message is self serving.

You will never be able to ge rid of firearms. And even if you managed to do that, China has shown that resticted access to firearms does not mean children won't get hurt by a dedicated assailant.

Passive restrictions like locked doors and security screening didn'ts stop the tragedy at Sandy Creek.

However, teachers should not hav the burden of teaching kids -and- performing security. An armed teacher is still in the classroom and has other duties to detract from survailence.

Personally, I think the best option would be the use of either armed former military personel and/or the use of the national guard. Someone with at least some level of training in an appropriate response to a threat.

The NRA may have been the wron messenger, but I still think it was the right message.

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beatrice 1 year, 3 months ago

The NRA has proven itself to be interested in one thing and one thing only -- continued gun SALES. They are the lobbyists for the manufacturers, for gods' sake, although they have convinced many that they are there to protect citizens' rights. (That is a real laugher.)

They have said where they stand, so to hell with the NRA. They have announced that they will support no limits on current availability of guns or ammunition, so lets not bother consulting them when we citizens insist that our legislators take real action. Most importantly, we need to ban the extended magazines that allow the semi-automatic weapons to shoot 50 rounds or more and the extended clips in handguns that allow one to shoot 33 rounds without reloading.

Let your legislators know, we have had enough.

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disappointed_regressive 1 year, 3 months ago

CHICAGO Should the U.S. pull out of Chicago?

Body count: In the last six months 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago (221 killed in Iraq) AND Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in the entire U.S.

The leadership in Illinois - all Democrats.

President: Barack Hussein Obama Senator: Dick Durbin House Representative: Jesse Jackson Jr. (HE IS OUT) Governor: Pat Quinn House leader: Mike Madigan Atty. Gen.: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike) Mayor: Rahm Emanuel

Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country. State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, worst in country. Cook County ( Chicago ) sales tax 10.25% - highest in country. A culture of corruption that would make a Louisana politician blush with envy.

Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any!

And this culture is gonna 'fix' Washington politics for us?

(From a source).

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disappointed_regressive 1 year, 3 months ago

Yeah,the other day, I heard a Dem senator diss the notion (armed officers in schools) saying "Where will we get the $275 billion to pay for this?"

Since when did Dems start worrying about where we'd get the money to pay for anything? I guess to them, Sandra Flukes birth control is more important than the lives of 5 and 6 year children.

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Brock Masters 1 year, 3 months ago

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=502802999751259&set=a.359617517403142.85729.359553784076182&type=1&ref=nf

Armed security is in many schools now - usually the more wealthy and the least wealthy, aka inner city.

So, why shouldn't all schools that want it have the option. Are the president's daughters of higher value than our children? Why does it make sense for them to have armed security but not our children?

Armed security won't stop all criminals but it is an option. We have had presidents shot despite their security but you don't see the president giving it up do you?

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Laus_Deo 1 year, 3 months ago

The electrical impulses create all things. When they go out. All things stop. Says a recent LTE. Electrical impulses must be stopped.

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tange 1 year, 3 months ago

Arming Teachers (or the possibility thereof) just makes Teachers the first target.

/ hmm... maybe in the event of a good man or woman down... a well-trained social pit bull could serve as the next line of defense in stopping a bad ma... er... kid.

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Don Brennaman 1 year, 3 months ago

You got a problem with logic? Arms are not just for deodarants.

K-12 - Vigilantes Trade School -PHD - pack your own Self medicate under a bridge

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RoeDapple 1 year, 3 months ago

Of course when Bill Clinton put armed guards in the schools you all thought it was a great idea!

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/12/21/Flashback-Clinton-Cops-in-Schools

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 3 months ago

Good piece of sarcasm there, Don.
I recently saw a statement that made me think. After Trayvon Martin's murder you didn't exactly see the NRA urging young, black men to start carrying guns for self defense, did you?

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