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Armed guards makes sense, but not gun control

It seems that everyone has an opinion regarding having armed personnel at schools, whether or not to ban certain weapons and magazines, requiring licensing for possessing a hand gun along with finger printing of the purchasers ("Gun advocates detail plan to arm teachers," April 3). I have no agendas, so these views are based on common sense. As a grandparent, I would love to see an armed person at my grandchildren's schools.

I don't necessarily think it should be an educator but maybe someone that has experience in protecting such as veteran who has served and protected a nation. As they did protecting this country I am sure that they would give their lives to protect the children and educators in our schools. It's not a job, but an honor, much more effective than a locked door and a telephone.

Regarding the weapons ban; I have read it over and over again ("House passes gun control," April 4). I fail to see where there is anything suggested regarding imposing any new laws or restrictions on the criminals and mentally ill that are caught possessing a firearm or using it in commission of a crime. The only thing that I do see is that more restrictions regarding what a law abiding citizen must go through in order to purchase and own a firearm. Agenda? I think so. Common sense? None.

Joe Haycock, Linthicum

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