As a result of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, the focus is finding a way to prevent another similar occurrence. One idea is to put a police officer in every school, likely a very expensive alternative. Another thought is to arm our school teachers. Does bringing large numbers of additional guns into the mix seem to make any sense? In my opinion, a practical low cost resource is available in nearly every American community.
Why not use our military veterans, those discharged under honorable conditions, or those now retired? Many of these men and women are already trained, and those unemployed would welcome such a job opportunity. If given the chance, I'm confident some would volunteer their services expecting little or minimal compensation. As an added bonus, many have prior experience in stressful situations, and have shown the ability and maturity to react in a positive appropriate manner.
John A. Havey