Letter: Armed personnel needed in schools, but not teachers


In the wake of the recent school shooting in Florida, President Trump has, among other ideas, recommended arming teachers in schools.

I am not in favor of that, per se, but do support armed personnel in schools. Teachers have a tough and demanding job just teaching and should not also be a safety/police force.

I do believe that the solution is to use some of the retired men and women from our armed forces, police, FBI and other security forces.

There are several million of these retirees who would probably welcome this opportunity. They are trained in weapons use and tactical scenarios.

They can be paid a wage for their service, which should be exempt from federal or state taxes. The money to pay for this can be raised by a small-to-modest tax on ammo, guns, loading supplies, gun parts, clips, etc. One cent per round, 50 cents or a dollar a box, or a flat fee of some sort.

As a gun owner and recreational shooter, I would not object to this. Other shooters I know also have no objections to this idea.

The whole idea would need to be worked out and fine-tuned, but I think it is a very doable approach and would help end events like that at Parkland.

Mark J Gettles



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ddayson 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm sure there are thousands, if not millions, of people who would relish the job where they could walk around with a gun and do nothing. School shootings are rare, there are thousands of schools that will never experience this horrible tragedy. The cost of providing education will surely hold back adding armed personnel. But for a lesser cost, schools could make, and have made, their schools more secure through proper building enhancements to defend any entrance by unwanted individuals. Those schools that have not taken steps like this are to blame for any in school shooting.

PS: teachers will NEVER carry guns. I would not allow any family member of mine to go to a school with weapons in it.


centurion75 10 months, 3 weeks ago

More guns in schools. That's perfect. Another profoundly stupid idea conceived and supported by tragically stupid individuals.