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Political correctness has discouraged us from acting against gunmen

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Political correctness has discouraged us from acting against gunmen Another unspeakable act of horror: Fort Hood, Texas; Tucson, Ariz.; Newtown, Conn. What do these scenes of human carnage have in common? No doubt the use of guns. But the use of guns can’t begin to explain the reasons behind violence. The real story behind these, and many other examples of wanton violence and terror, is political correctness and the failure of our institutions to do ...

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wmarincic
January 2, 2013
8:32 a.m.

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Bill Denison Dogs are a good idea but they too are expensive, they need 6 months of initial training then permanent ongoing training plus they need a handler. Much cheaper to allow administrators a carry conceil gun permit in schools.

biwemple
January 2, 2013
6:02 p.m.

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Dogs can be called back, unlike a bullet. They are very expensive though, but very useful in finding drugs, people, and explosives, gunpowder, etc. Could occasionally run them through schools to find some student concealing a gun when they have no business having one there.

Newsworthy
January 2, 2013
9:08 p.m.

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Asking school staff to carry weapons puts them in the role of law enforcement; that's an unfair burden to place on them. A concealed carry permit not suffice. Serious tactical training needs to accompany such a permit, the alternative being wild shoot outs with more innocent people getting hurt or killed. While many would defend children with their lives, not all could deal with carrying guns all day.
I think the idea of dogs is worth consideration, with the realization that they would require a full time handler. Cost shouldn't be a serious problem. School boards find things to p_ss away tax dollars every year, because they can't stand the thought of not raising taxes. It shouldn't be a problem funding dogs and handlers.
By consideration, I mean that it should be one option among many considered for improving school security without turning schools into armed camps. Today's children have been robbed of enough innocence without seeing armed guards around them all day. They would feel imprisoned, themselves.

wmarincic
January 3, 2013
7:14 a.m.

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Or they would feel safe newsworthy.

Newsworthy
January 3, 2013
8:45 p.m.

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I hope you watched the TV today, when Sandy Hook Elementary re-opened. Everyone there, including the police chief, wants an environment where kids can be kids, rather than living in the fear of a police state. Giving everyone guns in expectation of a showdown is a knee-jerk fix, not a real long-term solution.

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