The idea of arming classroom teachers has this mother and grandmother outraged. All four of my children are educators in Utah schools. I do not want them or my nine grandchildren in schools where teachers, administrators and staff are carrying weapons of any kind.
A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to kill or injure a family member or friend than it is an intruder. Put guns in schools, and an accidental shooting or a deliberate one becomes more likely.
What we can do is:
• Ban the sale of assault-type weapons and large-capacity ammunition clips.
• Expand background checks on every gun sold, including private sales and gun shows.
• Expand and modernize the national database for background checks so it can be accessed within minutes.
• Instigate a comprehensive buyback program that pays twice the value of any firearm turned in.
• Tighten concealed weapons laws.
• Provide affordable access to mental health care.
• Encourage state legislators to enact sane gun laws that protect people, not guns.
A corollary to the National Rifle Association's clichÃ©, "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns," is, "When everyone has guns, anyone can be shot."
Linda K. Newell
Salt Lake City