Teachers and guns

Regarding the Jan. 3 Other Voices column by Ty Pelfrey entitled, “Should teachers be armed?” — the correct answer is “NO.”

As a former elementary school teacher I can honestly state that it would be highly unlikely for me to get off a head shot on someone like the Aurora, Colorado Theatre shooter who wore a ballistic helmet, vest, and leggings, as well as throat protector, groin protector, and tactical gloves. And was armed with an assault weapon. No contest.

Putting guns in the classroom is a knee-jerk solution that will only escalate the dynamic of twisted minds challenged with turning our most cherished places in society into war zones under their destructive control.

When one right ... the right to own assault weapons, has taken precedence over another right ... the right of children and staff to be free from fear when attending school, then maybe it is time, 222 years later, to re-study the 2nd Amendment.

An addition to the writer’s long list of questions one might ask: “Doesn’t our basic right to live free begin with a child’s right to grow up free from fear?”

“Just what are we teaching our children?”

Cheryl Cook

Nevada City

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