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Response to digonswine (Reply #69)

Thu May 10, 2018, 07:26 AM

71. If I might interject...

It's nice that you think teachers should not be "forced to carry"--if you think for even a short time, you see that an armed teacher changes this paradigm.
I am decidedly against forcing anyone anywhere to be armed.
The following practical reasons express my reasoning:
* "Forcing" anyone to do anything is anti-liberty.
* "Forcing" someone to do something generally returns substandard results.
* Specialization is the rule in today's world. For example designating a lunch lady to maintain the soccer field may not be yield optimum results.
* A school should have a mission focused security and emergency force.

School districts should have policies, operating plans and mission tasked staff to assess the needs and work with the administration of each school to provide security and emergency services. Many tasks within school hours on school grounds are safety critical. It seems to me not an option to leave critical responses to unsafe or hostile conditions to those not specifically and carefully practiced and prepared for these eventualities.

I'm an engineer. Some of my responsibilities include quality assurance. I've worked on everything from medical equipment to weapons systems. I don't take safety and mission critical planning lightly. I have worked in highly regulated industries where government certification is an aspect of the development process. Statements about "good guys with guns" are over simplistic and often misconstrued.

Have a great day.

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