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Arming teachers? II

| Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 383, currently under consideration, would allow teachers to have firearms in schools ( “Teachers with guns? Senate Bill 383 gives OK in Pa.” ). This is absurd.

In Westmoreland County's most notable incident, student Alex Hribal's knifing of peers at Franklin Regional High School, armed teachers would have been useless. Hallways were a melee of students. No one, including the best-trained police officers, would dare to have fired into that crowd.

SB 383 also presents other problems. A gun is only useful if it's loaded. Where, in a first-grade classroom, for instance, would a loaded firearm be safely stored? If it were stored unloaded, how would the teacher-guard access ammunition quickly and in the minutes bill supporters claim are so essential to school protection? When police arrive, how will they know which armed persons are the “good guys”?

SB383 creates an illusion of safety when it actually creates much potential for tragedy.

Helen Sitler


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