I have to give credit where credit is due. I read Friday's editorial, "Arm teacher's to save lives, stop shooters," and I totally agree.

Here's why: 1) It's a fundamental right of a human being to be able to defend one's self. It's outlined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. 2) I know many conservative friends of mine who don't wish to carry for various reasons. Same applies here. Only those who wish to carry would. Those who don't won't be forced to. 3) The whole premise behind carrying a concealed firearm is just that--concealment. Nobody knows who's got what and where. 4) You can put up all the bullet-proof glass and metal detectors you want to, and you can put in all the locked doors you want to, but guns are still going to get in. Period. I've seen security breaches happen many times. 5) Let's not forget, teachers have the right and obligation to protect our children. Let's give them their freedom to do so.

Lastly, I was also appalled at the conga line of disapproving people, especially the police department. People seem to forget there is a class conceal-carry weapons owners must take. It's basic, but they are well trained. Also, most are already familiar with the responsibility of a firearm. I'd trust them more than anyone else in a crisis.

Not every teacher would, could or should carry a concealed firearm, but let's stop disarming our first responders, OK?



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