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Something to think about: Armed and dangerous

By From page A4 | July 12, 2013

When I first heard, approximately one day after the Newtown shooting, about the proposition to arm teachers, I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was a kneejerk reaction to the tragedy. Now, more than 30 states are considering legislation to allow teachers to carry weapons in schools. South Dakota has already passed a law allowing teachers and other school personnel to become “sentinels” by carrying a gun. They have to pass certain requirements and the law graciously says that a disinclination to pack weaponry is not grounds for dismissal, nor can it be a reason not to hire someone; people may choose to become school sentinels. They don’t call it the Badlands for nothing.

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