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The absurdity of arming teachers

President Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to voice support for raising the age at which someone could buy an assault rifle to 21, and he doubled down on his idea of arming some teachers as a deterrent for school shootings.

President Donald Trump’s latest brilliant idea of arming “some” teachers and/or coaches to prevent violence in schools is ludicrous on its surface (“Trump backs raising age to buy assault rifle, presses case to arm some teachers, praises NRA,” Feb. 23).

Who will pay for the guns? Who will pay for the training? Who will pay for the (non-existent) substitute teachers while these armed teachers are away for training? What would be the protocol for weapons use? Who will pay for the proposed bonus for teachers willing to do this? In an atmosphere of a shooter and students running in the halls, who will pay the legal fees for the teacher who decides that he/she is a marksman and opens fire in a crowded situation and hits people other than the perpetrator?

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The NRA will never agree to things such as raising the age to buy an automatic weapon much less banning the sale of such weapons, yet the president praises Wayne LaPierre (the second most dangerous man in the country) as a true patriot. Mr. Trump is just posturing.

Jon Jacobson, Ruxton

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