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Maurice Brandt letter: Teachers could be first line of defense

In the Monday, Oct. 9, Forum under the heading "Our Opinion," a Leafy Spurge was wished upon Wisconsin Republican Rep. Frank Lasee because in the wake of the recent school shooting in that state, he intends to introduce legislation that would all...

In the Monday, Oct. 9, Forum under the heading "Our Opinion," a Leafy Spurge was wished upon Wisconsin Republican Rep. Frank Lasee because in the wake of the recent school shooting in that state, he intends to introduce legislation that would allow Wisconsin school personnel to carry concealed weapons (guns).

The Forum chided Lasee because, first off, there is a federal law that bans guns on school grounds. Lasee recognized that in his proposal and acknowledged that the federal law would have to be changed or an exception granted.

The Forum then goes on to say that teachers should not be doing the job of law enforcement personnel. The Forum needs to go back and read up on each and every school shooting this nation has experienced. Unless I missed something, in every single one, law enforcement (read police) became involved much too far into the situation to do much good.

This is true in most all shooting cases, school or otherwise, unless police were attacked first or something went bad during an arrest situation. This is precisely why Americans are guaranteed the right to defend themselves by a nearly forgotten document, the U.S. Constitution. By the time an unarmed person realizes he or she is going to be shot, it is too late to call the police. I can just see it now - "Hold on there, bad guy! Let me get my cell phone out and dial 911, then, after I do that, please wait for the police to arrive before you start shooting!" Yeah, that'll work. NOT!

Also, in almost every school shooting, there was some form of school personnel present when the shooting began. I'm not suggesting the sickos who do the shooting would be deterred if they knew teachers and others were armed. I think in most cases, the sickos want to die anyway, so the thought of teachers being armed won't stop them from attempting their madness. An armed teacher could well mean the difference between only the sicko dying and the sicko killing several innocents before he or she dies.

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I don't think Lasee's proposal will go anywhere though because Wisconsin is unfortunate enough to have elected a governor who does not believe in the Second Amendment. Were that not the case, I think Lasee's idea would bear looking into.

Maurice Brandt

Fargo

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