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LETTER: Guns in or near schools are bad idea

3:32 PM, Oct. 23, 2013  |  Comments
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Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond du Lac, leads the Common Core committee making recommendations for educational standards in public schools. Apparently essential in curriculum is firearm classes.

Because Thiesfeldt introduced Assembly Bill 118, persons may eventually be able to carry firearms on school grounds to use in school programs. And persons (hopefully hunters) may cross school grounds toting firearms (hopefully unloaded) on their way (hopefully) to nearby hunting lands.

Assembly Bill 8 would allow hunting in school forests with firearms.

That this presents many troubling problems takes little imagination. Fortunately, school boards may reject these proposals.

What programs would use guns? Staff and student training? Target practice? Hunting classes in forests? How could schools tell if armed persons walking across school grounds are benign or malicious? How could schools keep track of these people during busy school days? And how would schoolchildren feel seeing strangers outside with guns?

My father (war veteran, inner-city elementary school principal, educator for almost 40 years) said guns on school premises is a terrible idea.

The National Rifle Association wants guns in schools. Therefore, United Sportsmen (an NRA "associate") has a mission: "to teach schoolchildren, provide outdoor learning centers near schools, to get youth into shooting sports." Make that four fundamental skills of education: Reading, writing, arithmetic and gun-firing. The four Rs.

To initiate these schemes, AB 8 and 118 are dutifully written, disregarding harmful consequences and the fact that schools are schools - not centers for shooting sports.

Loosening firearm restrictions in school zones is realizing a proclaimed NRA dream, eliminating all gun-free zones. Guns in every corner of America helps the NRA's donating partner (gun industry) get richer, and in schools attempts to recruit the next generation of customers.

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