Armed officers are needed to keep kids safe

Jan. 3, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 2, 2013 at 7:03 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

There is nothing that I can think of that will ever make our schools completely "safe," but there are things that can be done to improve their safety. I don't think arming all teachers is a good idea, but having an armed officer at every school is needed. Just having some kind of security system is not enough. There are several schools in this area that are 10 minutes or more away from a city with law enforcement officers in it that really need an armed officer in the school. Think of how many children a gunman would kill by the time help arrived at these schools. Having an armed officer there to take immediate action would significantly reduce the loss of life.

I was disturbed at the comments I read in the Victoria Advocate that armed officers are "too expensive." What price do you put on the lives of the children in your school? You somehow come up with the money to buy big screen monitors, new computers and building renovations. What good are these things if children are killed because you didn't take steps to make them safe?

Ban the sale of some of the most violent and horrific video games that I ever thought I would see played. There is nothing good that comes from playing games like this.

Disarm America? This makes as much sense as eliminating the military after World War II because so many lives were lost. Some people think guns are the only things that can be used to kill people. I guess they forgot about incidents like Oklahoma City and the World Trade Center in New York City.

"Where was God when all this was happening?" Some of us have worked very hard to try to take God out of our schools. As someone said recently, God was there - in the teachers who tried to protect the students even with their own bodies. In the first responders who charged into the building, not knowing if they would face their own deaths.

Milton Carroll, Inez



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