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The rational safety choice: arm teachers

Approximately 1,500 people attended the funeral for Alaina Petty, a freshman at Stoneman Douglas High School who was killed in the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida.

We are all wrestling with the tragedy and evil that came to the high school in Florida (“We choose to allow school shootings in America,” Feb. 20). As a citizen and parent, I’d ask our leaders in the school system to focus on reality, not on theory, not on wishes. I’d ask them not to channel the naïve child we all carry with us. In theory, in the childlike part of our souls, we’d all love and wish to live in a world without guns, without evil, without all the messiness of life, but that is not the world in which we live. It never has been and never will be. Adult , liberal, wise Americans understand that. They face the world as it is.

With that said, the number one thing we as adults must do at school is be sure our kids are safe. Childlike things like debating the Second Amendment, which is here to stay, closing the gun show loophole, whether or not to give low income people more mental health Medicaid funding on top of massive Medicaid funding already, hoping background checks will go from seven to 21 days, or praying for world peace will do nothing to help with protecting our kids. Wringing our hands about potential insurance rate increases at our schools is not what grownups do. Worrying that teachers unions will do their usual selfish and self-serving antics should be of no interest to the adults in the room.

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Evil people will always be with us. Motivated evil people will always be able to get their hands on very powerful weapons. Evil people are bullies and will always gravitate to the weakest, most vulnerable targets like the school with the big sign out front “This is a Gun Free Zone.” So let’s be grown up. Let’s show our kids what brave, strong, liberal Americans do. They train five or 10 teachers in each school to safely use a handgun. Let’s get these teachers concealed carry permits. And let’s be sure they never only have a cell phone or their bodies to shield our kids from bullets flying towards them.

Let’s grow up and stop the childish nonsense already. Turn off the talking heads on TV. Ignore the politicians who know how to channel the childish emotions in us all. Let’s get to work protecting our most precious possession, our children.

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Howard Sachs, Chevy Chase

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