It has entitled its series of suggestions “31 Bullets” for the number of bullets sold per person in the country each year.
(I do wonder if that includes the number bought by agencies having no need whatsoever to stockpile bullets. See Adam Andrzejewski’s October 20, 2017 article in Forbes: “Why are federal bureaucrats buying guns and ammo? $158 million spent by non-military agencies.”)
Its first suggestion is to keep guns out of classrooms.
“We think it’s a terrible idea,” the editorial says.
Instead, the Sun-Times suggests “… the nurturing of positive relationships among students, teachers and staff.
“A Gallup poll conducted in March found that nearly three-fourths of U.S. teachers do not want to carry guns in schools. They overwhelmingly favor gun control over security steps meant to “harden” schools,” the editorial says.
OK. so 75% of teachers don’t want to carry guns.
Fair enough. They are members of a nurturing profession.
However, I figure that that far, far less than 25% of school employees would be plenty to dissuade nuts from charging into a school with the intention of shooting it up.
I’ve written this before, but I’ll repeat two experiences.
At my son’s junior high I asked a teacher with a deer head on his classroom wall if he would be willing to carry a gun at school, if given permission.
His answer was in the affirmative.
My grandfather lived in Elkton, Maryland, in the early forties or late thirties.
There was a crime wave.
The Mayor swore in fifty “secret deputies” and gave each one a handgun.
My father showed it to me and told what happenened.
Right after the announcement, the crime wave stopped.
It’s OK if the Sun-Times and other liberals think making schools “protection free” zones is the way to intimidate those thinking about shooting up a school.
I still think having folks with guns inside and letter everyone know such armed people are there makes more sense.
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TFrom Andrzejewski’s article:
The Social Security Administration spent $61,129 on bullets including 50,000 rounds of ammunition plus 12-gauge buckshot and slug ammo.
Department of Education (DOE) – The DOE is armed and ready with 88 law enforcement officers possessing arrest and firearm authority. They’ve purchased buckshot for their shotguns and 40-caliber ammunition for their Glocks. DOE special agents dress in body armor. Their spending on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment was up 25 percent during the last two years under the Obama Administration. Yet, in 2016, it took a pair of armed U.S. Marshals to arrest a man for his unpaid $1,500 student loan!