Stray bullets

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The Jan. 24 Tribune carried these two articles: "More than half of Utahns favor teachers packing heat in classrooms" and "Security guard accidentally fires gun in downtown Salt Lake City library."

An armed and presumably trained and qualified security guard, whose singular duty is to provide security, accidentally sent a bullet "through two walls and embedded [it] in a third." The equivalent of the bullet traveling through three rooms before stopping.

Meanwhile, six in 10 Utahns support armed teachers in classrooms. Teachers don't have just one duty, but several. On top of teaching their overstuffed, undersupplied classes on wages slightly above poverty level, teachers should now play the added role of armed security guards?

James Hull

Salt Lake City