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  •  Teachers are Renaissance Men (and women) (0+ / 0-)

    1) The Federal Protective Service requirements for giving a gun to a contractor guard are that the guard (a) pass a background check (which teachers already do) (b) have a GED or high school diploma (which teachers already do) and (c) take 2 days of training.  Look at the Commerce Business Daily contract announcements.

    It is absurd to argue that teachers could not handle this job.   We heard the same thing when airline pilots and copilots were armed.

    2) Of course, I think the teachers would have to be volunteers but the duty in no way conflicts with their job.
    The $5000 /year supplement seems reasonable given that they are unlikely to ever have to perform.

     And it doesn't seem reasonable to have a full time guard in most schools because most schools face a very low probability of having a Sandy Hook incident.   The Guard would have nothing to do.

    3) The "armed camp" charge is absurd -- no one is suggesting putting up razor wire and machine gun emplacements.  

    4) It would take about 30  seconds for such guardians to sprint from one end of the school to the middle --far better than the 15 minute response time of the police at Sandy Hook.   Even better would be a surveillance camera monitor in the principal's office and a code over the intercom that would tell the first responders where the intruder is.

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