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Virtually every adult in the nation attended a school where guns were not allowed. Now, the National Rifle Association insists that teachers should be armed. Those convinced that guns per se create a dangerous environment are forced by law to send their children into classrooms with poorly trained, armed teachers.
The recent accidental gun discharge at Salt Lake's library by a trained security guard should give us pause. Thank heaven that did not occur in a classroom, but a gun accident at school undoubtedly will happen.
The claim that guns always improve self-defense is a myth. A gun in the home has a much higher chance of killing a family member than of being used to stop an intruder.
Even the record of those highly trained in gun safety, including the police, is hardly exemplary. Friendly fire in battle kills more soldiers than enemy fire.
Citizens have the God-given right to send their children to gun-free schools, and a responsible government should provide them that right. Charter schools with armed teachers could be provided for the children of armed parents.
Children are a parent's most precious private property, and their safety should take legal precedent over inconceivably ridiculous gun laws.
Salt Lake City