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Reader: Take the damn guns out of the equation

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The recent news concerning officers that failed to enter the Florida high school during the shooting identifies one of the glaring fallacies of "a good guy with a gun being able to overcome a bad guy with a gun" as the way to protect our kids. It depends solely on humans always doing the right thing in an horrific situation. Officers may have panicked, made wrong decisions, even as individuals trained to serve and protect. Armed teachers would be even less trained and could easily have also panicked, avoiding the confrontation or shooting wildly in the moment. Arriving officers also facing a rapidly changing situation must make rapid and accurate decisions as to who to oppose.

To depend only on hardening the schools, increasing armed guards and arming teachers still leaves the outcome terribly uncertain.

Take the damn guns out of the equation. If some potential shooters can't get a gun because it is not available, or because it is too difficult for him or her to obtain one, protection does not depend on the perfect behavior of the humans trying to protect them after the fact.

— Gary Faust, Palmer Lake

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