Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Armed teachers
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Virtually every adult in the nation attended a school where guns were not allowed. Now, the National Rifle Association insists that teachers should be armed. Those convinced that guns per se create a dangerous environment are forced by law to send their children into classrooms with poorly trained, armed teachers.

The recent accidental gun discharge at Salt Lake's library by a trained security guard should give us pause. Thank heaven that did not occur in a classroom, but a gun accident at school undoubtedly will happen.

The claim that guns always improve self-defense is a myth. A gun in the home has a much higher chance of killing a family member than of being used to stop an intruder.

Even the record of those highly trained in gun safety, including the police, is hardly exemplary. Friendly fire in battle kills more soldiers than enemy fire.

Citizens have the God-given right to send their children to gun-free schools, and a responsible government should provide them that right. Charter schools with armed teachers could be provided for the children of armed parents.

Children are a parent's most precious private property, and their safety should take legal precedent over inconceivably ridiculous gun laws.

Norma Molen

Salt Lake City

Article Tools

 Print Friendly
 
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.