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09:03 AM on 04/04/2013
I wonder if there are reports
Showing how gun protected public areas do compared to the "gun-free zone" public areas.
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Common sense is not so common.
08:58 AM on 04/04/2013
The day schools start arming school employees, my teacher-daughter says she will quit the profession. There's enough problems in schools today without arming school personnel.
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hvychev
09:37 AM on 04/04/2013
WHY WOULD SHE QUIT A JOB WHERE SHE DOES NOTHING ANY WAY ?.
09:39 AM on 04/04/2013
Boy do I agree with you!
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Common sense is not so common.
11:52 AM on 04/04/2013
hvychev: You wouldn't be able to handle a teaching job for a day. And by the way, you don't need both a question mark and a period at the end of that sentence.
08:55 AM on 04/04/2013
It's a start but its gonna take more than that...
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The Seventh Chakra, amazon
08:54 AM on 04/04/2013
Why not just make it a law that at the age of 12 or so, everyone is required by law to wear a gun where it can openly be seen.
08:52 AM on 04/04/2013
It's a bad idea... We had an armed policeofficer in a school in Kingston, NY about 6 weeks ago and his gun "accidentally" discharged because he was playing with it! Thankfully no be was hurt. He was fired and now the armed guard position is closed. Guns are controlled by people, people are human and make mistakes, having it in a school is a recipe for disaster. I think lock downs, and evacuation plans are best. Maybe special alarms straight to the local police station would help.
09:11 AM on 04/04/2013
So what you're saying is that armed police officers shouldn't be at major sporting events, as guards at government buildings, or even be called in case of an armed threat or any other matter since that one idiot discharged his weapon?
09:52 AM on 04/04/2013
No, I just think it needs more thought. Google news stories about trained armed guards, police officers etc that had accidental discharges... You would be surprised how often it happens! We also had an incident at a local mall with armed police officer recently. My husband is an NRA member, we legally have semi automatic guns in our home fully secured and inaccessible to anyone because that's how guns should be handled. I do not allow them around our children at home and I certain ally do not want a stranger to have one around them in school.
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Kevin Woolley
09:14 AM on 04/04/2013
it really sucks that the school district put someone into that position who obviously was not able to do his job. Guns are not toys he should have not been playing with it. That being said a direct line to the police station sounds like a good idea, except we do not have transporter technology like in star trek and it still takes 15 to 20 mins for he police to respond to any situation sometimes longer. just some food for thought
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The Seventh Chakra, amazon
08:51 AM on 04/04/2013
English teacher Ethel is 5'2" and weighs 120 lbs, keeps her weapon on her side. Billy Bob weighs 220 lbs and is 6'4", slaps the crap out of her takes her gun and finishes her off and the rest of the class because she fussed at him for not doing his assignment.

Or Mr. Smith got tired of toting his gun so he put it in his top desk drawer and forgot about it and went to lunch. When he got back he noticed it was gone but didn't report it for fear of getting in trouble.

Yep, sounds like I want my kids to go to school in Indiana.
08:51 AM on 04/04/2013
Send the total bill to the nra and hire only off duty police officers. No nra lackies walking the halls of a school ith a loaded gun in his hands.
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niceguy71653
08:51 AM on 04/04/2013
Who would have thought Indiana would be the most intelligent state in the nation?
08:49 AM on 04/04/2013
Sullivan county high school had an armed resource officer on the premises in 2010 and stopped a man that walked in with a loaded handgun and ultimately the man was shot by police in a standoff. No children were hurt.

The problem is you cannot predict when someone will go off the dee-pend, while it is a terrible tragedy the problem is there is nothing you can do when someone has a loaded firearm in an area with no protection(think what if it was a shotgun not your scapegoat ar, something that will never be illegal). The school does not need to be a fortress with police in riot gear in the school, but a man/women with training a concealed sidearm and an under-carry vest(the low profile type bullet proof vest) could very well prevent or delay a mass shooting incident until law enforcement arrives.
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ernie61
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08:47 AM on 04/04/2013
Guns are not the problem. They are only a means to an end. Case in point: not a single person (including the 19 children under six years old) who died in the Oklahoma City bombing died of a gunshot wound. Not one.

You can keep your pro/anti gun arguments. They are irrelevant. As long as accessible and affordable mental and emotional healthcare for EVERYONE that needs it remains a dream, scenes like Oklahoma City and Newtown will persist.
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Eric Domejean
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09:06 AM on 04/04/2013
The other irrelevant argument is comparing the Oklahoma City bombing
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torombolo
08:46 AM on 04/04/2013
who should parents sue when a teacher kills her entire class room?
08:43 AM on 04/04/2013
Wouldn't a killer's first act then logically be to take the school guard unawares and kill him/her first?
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The Seventh Chakra, amazon
08:43 AM on 04/04/2013
I personally want my own small backpack size nuke to carry with me everywhere I go. SO YOU BETTER NOT CUT ME OFF IN TRAFFIC.
08:41 AM on 04/04/2013
Finally a American state steps forward with a very sound plan to protect out children. Kudos to the state of Indiana and its residents. This will hopefully bring the other true American states to step forward.
08:33 AM on 04/04/2013
So if i'm a would be gunman in Indiana and want to shoot up a school, I now have to kill the armed guard first. Now I have an extra gun to shoot more people with. Are these armed guards going to be frisking all who enter the school? Oh wait, somebody is going to try and tell me the armed guard will have his gun drawn at all times. Oh, ok... sounds like a grand plan.
09:18 AM on 04/04/2013
Like the off duty cop or one in plain clothes the mad man needs to figure out just who are the armed security. Maybe with some snooping around before hand they may. Than again maybe that would drawl attention to them before hand.

Why do we arm guards to protect money?
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"Oh wait, somebody is going to try and tell me the armed guard will have his gun drawn at all times."

Of course not. Cops protect you if they are at the scene and don't walk around gun in hand but even off duty cops are always armed. Few get successfully mugged.

In no way are you safer without armed trained security. If you can't flee then not fighting back is not an viable option, fighting back disarmed is not an option either.