published Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

'Whizzing bullets would slow shooter' and more letters to the editors

Whizzing bullets would slow shooter

A Jan. 11 letter stated, "The knowledge that teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School were armed would not have come close to stopping the school's shooter." I disagree. Remember, when the coward heard the sirens approaching, he killed himself. Just the threat of facing armed authorities caused the coward to kill himself. After his initial assault, had anyone started firing bullets at him, not only would he have been distracted from his original plan, but if the good-guy teacher hadn't killed him, most likely he would have killed himself, right then. This is much more of a likely probability.

If nothing else, bullets coming at you would definitely change your plans and give the police more time to get on scene. The left wing is placing much emphasis on reducing the number of rounds in a magazine with the idea that this would slow down the perpetrator while changing magazines. How much more would bullets coming at the perpetrator slow him down?

ROBERT CRAWFORD, Harrison


Photo ID needed to fight fraud

I read with interest Saturday's article, "ID check beefed up for licenses," (Jan. 12). A few points, if I may:

I recently received a form letter asking me to renew my driver/photo identification license. It states that, since I'm now over 60 years of age, I can choose to get a non-photo license. One would think that if our government is really concerned about fraud and identity theft, they would require a photo on any such identification documents they issue.

Saturday's article points out that, once provisions of the Real ID Act take effect, these special licenses will be required to fly commercially or to enter federal buildings, among other restrictions. I would hope, but seriously doubt, that this will include registering to vote and actually participating in the voting process.

Finally, the Wikipedia article on the Real ID Act points out that Tennessee is among 24 states that have passed legislation opposing Real ID. This would seem to mean that the DMV and Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security are acting either in ignorance of Tennessee law, or directly against the wishes of the people as expressed through their elected representatives.

RONALD KOHLIN, Soddy-Daisy


Be practical as well as safe

Kudos to those parents who do not want teachers armed. A security professional once advised me that a security force working primarily indoors should never be armed. They should have radios directly to 911. They should stay hidden to advise the outside. There should be at least four school officials with these radios.

The role of school employees is to protect the children and themselves. There should be alarm buttons in every classroom and about every 30 feet in the halls and on every level in stairways.

Let's be practical as well as safe.

DAN CHESANOW, Athens, Tenn.

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jjmez said...

I agree with Mr. Chesanow. Arming teachers is not only bad idea, it's a dangerous idea. Even teachers can have their own set of emotional and psychological problems. Arming them can make the students even more vulnerable. There have been some incidents, both locally and nationally, that makes one cringe to think what would have happened to the student if the teacher were armed with a gun.

And Mr. Crawfords solution is even more idiotic if he believes several individuals with guns would have been able to stop Lanza. If it anything there would have been more casualties. Lanza didn't kill himself because he heard police sirens approaching. He likely killed himself because he'd already planned his exit.

As for the NRA, no one would believe it once supported gun control. Even writing gun control laws. From 1871 (when founded) until late 1960s, the NRA was pro gun control. Then in the 1970s the shift came.

Excerpt from Salon:

For nearly a century after, its founding in 1871, the National Rifle Association was among America’s foremost pro-gun control organizations. It was not until 1977 when the NRA that Americans know today emerged, after libertarians who equated owning a gun with the epitome of freedom and fomented widespread distrust against government—if not armed insurrection—emerged after staging a hostile leadership coup.

In the years since, an NRA that once encouraged better markmanship and reasonable gun control laws gave way to an advocacy organization and political force that saw more guns as the answer to society’s worst violence, whether arming commercial airline pilots after

January 16, 2013 at 4:35 a.m.
cornponesally said...

The same legislature and governor that seems to have declared war on teachers from the beginning of Governor Haslam's election now want them to become security guards (maybe the governor has more faith in this despicable group than I thought). Let's hope they get additional money for their second job.

Others have commented that a teacher could become psychologically unstable and attack students. My thought is what happens when a teacher doing their real job mistakenly lays their weapon on a desk and a student shoots himself or another classmate? No, a "responsible gun owner wouldn't do this" but an extremely busy human could.

January 16, 2013 at 10:14 a.m.
technowiz said...

Schools have the ability now to block student access to websites they deem have no educational value. In the future, why not mandate that guns be manufactured with a firing pin activated electronically, by way of a wireless signal. This should allow schools and any other businesses, as well as homeowners who choose not to own guns, to send out a blanket signal that would block a gun's ability to activate the firing mechanism, thereby rendering guns inactive within that domain. It's something to consider anyway.

January 16, 2013 at 4:16 p.m.
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