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Between 1979 and 2001, an estimated 90,000 children and teenagers were killed with guns in this country. Every year, 12 times more kids under 15 years old die after being shot in America than in 25 other industrialized countries combined. All told, 27,000 Americans die from gunshot wounds every year. Just what is it with Americans and their firearms?
Wendell Weaver -  - Downtown  Dishwasher Should guns be - permitted in - county buildings and hospitals?  If you want to - keep a - gun on your own property for self-protection, that's all - right. -  - But in public buildings with lots of other people - around?  - No.  Should teachers be armed? The most - a - teacher - should need is pepper spray.  Would we be - safer or - less - safe if everybody had a gun? Unfortunately, the - government has weapons, so it's safer for all of us to - own weapons, too.  What's your favorite thing - to do - with - a firearm? I prefer a bow.  Will they be - able to - pry the - gun out of your cold, dead hand? They can try, but - I - doubt it.
  • Wendell Weaver

    Downtown

    Dishwasher

    Should guns be permitted in county buildings and hospitals?

    If you want to keep a gun on your own property for self-protection, that's all right.

    But in public buildings with lots of other people around? No.

    Should teachers be armed? The most a teacher should need is pepper spray.

    Would we be safer or less safe if everybody had a gun? Unfortunately, the government has weapons, so it's safer for all of us to own weapons, too.

    What's your favorite thing to do with a firearm? I prefer a bow.

    Will they be able to pry the gun out of your cold, dead hand? They can try, but I doubt it.

Jane Leonard -  - North End and Akron, Ohio    Professor of Chinese - history Should concealed guns be allowed in county - buildings and hospitals? These are public spaces - with - people in dire situations. That's not a good place for - guns.  Should we arm teachers? If teachers - need guns to - protect themselves or their students, the real problem - lies with the school administration.  What's your - favorite - thing to do with firearms? I haven't touched a - firearm in - 45 years.  Will they be able to pry the gun out - of - your - cold, dead hand? There won't be one to pry out of - it.
  • Jane Leonard

    North End and Akron, Ohio

    Professor of Chinese history

    Should concealed guns be allowed in county buildings and hospitals? These are public spaces with people in dire situations. That's not a good place for guns.

    Should we arm teachers? If teachers need guns to protect themselves or their students, the real problem lies with the school administration.

    What's your favorite thing to do with firearms? I haven't touched a firearm in 45 years.

    Will they be able to pry the gun out of your cold, dead hand? There won't be one to pry out of it.

Tim Forquer -  - Broadmoor Bluffs  Professor at Blair College - What's your - view on carrying guns in county buildings and hospitals? -  - People wanting to do that have a cowboy complex. We - should be kind to them  and try to understand their - problem.  Should we arm teachers? When - that - happens, - the concept of the social contract has entirely broken - down.  Would we be safer if everyone had a - gun? Statistics show that most  killings are done by - people - who know each other. If we all had guns, we could - all kill each other.  Will they be able to pry your - gun - out - of your cold, dead hand? My cold, dead hand will - be - gun-less.
  • Tim Forquer

    Broadmoor Bluffs

    Professor at Blair College

    What's your view on carrying guns in county buildings and hospitals? People wanting to do that have a cowboy complex. We should be kind to them and try to understand their problem.

    Should we arm teachers? When that happens, the concept of the social contract has entirely broken down.

    Would we be safer if everyone had a gun? Statistics show that most killings are done by people who know each other. If we all had guns, we could all kill each other.

    Will they be able to pry your gun out of your cold, dead hand? My cold, dead hand will be gun-less.

Luke Short -  - Southeast Gold Canyon Gunslinger Should guns - be - allowed in county buildings and hospitals?  It's a - bad idea - because a lot of the people in county buildings and - hospitals are there due to  people carrying - guns. - Should - teachers be armed? Arms are for writing on - chalkboards. - Would we be safer if everyone had a gun? - Yes. - The bad - guys would know that everyone around them has guns, - too.  What's your favorite thing to do with - firearms? -  - Shoot bad guys.  Will they be able to pry your - gun - out of - your cold, dead hand? Not a chance.
  • Luke Short

    Southeast Gold Canyon

    Gunslinger

    Should guns be allowed in county buildings and hospitals? It's a bad idea because a lot of the people in county buildings and hospitals are there due to people carrying guns.

    Should teachers be armed? Arms are for writing on chalkboards.

    Would we be safer if everyone had a gun? Yes. The bad guys would know that everyone around them has guns, too.

    What's your favorite thing to do with firearms? Shoot bad guys.

    Will they be able to pry your gun out of your cold, dead hand? Not a chance.

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