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Re: Dec. 18 article, “Perry: Let Texans be armed in public.”
Gov. Rick Perry thinks it’s a good idea for teachers to be armed in the classroom. As the mother of an elementary teacher in Texas, I believe it is unreasonable that he would have to carry a weapon in the classroom and be prepared to use it to protect his little charges. Teachers have many responsibilities these days — testing, testing, and more testing, coupled with trying to provide a stable environment for kids who have little of that at home. Now the governor wants teachers to become security guards as well? Pretty soon he’ll have teachers cooking lunch and swabbing down the bathrooms.
Perry should rethink this one. Everyone wants to keep our children safe. If we do, we’re going to have to pay for it by restricting access to guns and to hire trained security guards at every school.
Gun owner insurance
Arming more teachers to stop the over-infiltration of assault weapons is like opening up the borders to stop the illegal flow of dope. It’s ignorant and it ain’t gonna work.
Besides banning assault weapons and massive clips, maybe we could make gun owners more responsible by demanding they be insured. Car owners have to be insured and businesses have to be insured. Why not gun owners? I bet once the insurance companies started making massive payouts the amount of gun-hugging crazies would decrease rapidly. Not only that but I think drug testing gun owners and asking a couple of mental awareness questions wouldn’t be a bad idea either. After all, I have to take a drug test to get a job and I doubt I could do as much damage as someone with an AR-15 in a crowded school room. Better safe than sorry, that’s all I’m saying.
I am puzzled by the NRA’s response to the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Aurora, Colo., movie theater. Don’t they realize that even a trained pistol-armed security officer would have been out-gunned? A resource officer would have been an added casualty in both of these mass shootings. You cannot face a determined assailant armed with a highcapacity, rapid-firing AR-15 military rifle with a pistol and expect to prevail and protect anyone. We need to do what we can as a society to remove the military weapons from the equation.
‘Be Kind’ jerseys
After experiencing the murder of two older brothers, I chose to sponsor a Little League baseball team in 1995 and named it “Be Kind,” which the players wore on the back of their jerseys. Isn’t it past time for Americans to get some nonviolent, encouraging and peaceful messages out in the hearts of our little teachable kids? What would your name be?
Politicians want to disarm Americans, the pretense of preventing mass killings. They create/advertise gunfree zones, murders occur in schools, movie theaters, malls, etc., no police resistance. They want to limit the type of gun/magazine size we can have while criminals, terrorists, deranged people will steal or smuggle in theirs.
We the people have the right to own the gun/magazine that equals the gun/magazine of a deranged criminal or terrorists. Politicians don’t live in the real world; they expect us to be defenseless, call 911 and wait.
If you choose not to defend yourself, that is your freedom; do not restrict those who are willing to protect their families, children and you if need be. We are the instant responders. We have the right to protect our families, schools, etc. America has become more violent.
Pflugerville school board
Re: Dec. 14 article, “Pflugerville district votes to keep benefits.”
Hooray for the Pflugerville school board and shame on the mean-spirited folks who would deny extending health benefits to domestic partners. Those benefits will be paid for by the employee, not PISD, so where’s the quarrel except that self-righteous, misguided “moralists” persist in stirring up controversy where there should be none.
The ‘C’ word
Don’t worry! I’m not going to utter the “C” word! What difference does it make, anyway? To me, at rest beside the shining tree, the silence is deafening. Ad after ad goes by on television: “Happy Holidays!” There’s a hollow sound to it. After all, don’t we speak of the spirit of “C”? Don’t we yearn that it would last all year? Peace on Earth, good will toward men? The spirit of giving the truly precious? And what is the spirit of the “holidays”?
I contend that it is the fruit of another tree, that shades the frenzy of buying and selling and keeps our economy lurching along— a spirit that is one-dimensional, material and ultimately unsatisfying. What a sweet relief to walk the aisles of H-E-B and hear the “C” word in lilting ancient melodies. Songs of deliverance. The hope of much better things. My heart hangs on every word. The Austin American-Statesman encourages email and faxes from readers. Please include a full name, address and daytime and evening phone numbers.We edit letters for brevity, grammar, style and clarity. Edited letters address a single idea and do not exceed 150 words.Anonymous letters will not be published. Letters become property of the Austin AmericanStatesman. Send emails to letters@ statesman.com. Mail to: Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 670,Austin,TX 78767.