Letter to the Editor

Guns in school

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The recent letter to the SDR from Bill Kersting proposing that armed school personnel would stop school shootings is a retelling of an idiot's parable. History and our own experience point to just the opposite.

When I was a kid (admittedly, that was a long time ago), there was approximately one gun for every three persons in the U.S. Now there are more guns than people in the U.S. (and the population has nearly doubled). Moreover, since the unholy alliance of anti-government, second amendment fundamentalists and the small-arms industry took over the NRA in the 1980s, gun violence in the U.S. has accelerated, rather than decreased.

And what has this meant for our schools? More locked doors and more lockouts; more metal detectors; more armed guards and police officers stationed inside schools; more lockdown drills; more armed intruder drills, etc. Our children are less safe and less free in school than before. More guns and fewer regulations has meant less freedom for all of us, not more.