Arming teachers will backfire

Some 29 states now allow teachers to carry a gun on school grounds (“Trained, Armed and Ready. To Teach Kindergarten.” The New York Times, Jul. 31).  I understand the intent, but I maintain that it will create more problems than it solves.

I wonder how teachers with only 24 hours of training and eight hours of annual recertification will react when confronted by a shooter.  Let’s not forget that teachers’ No. 1 job is teaching their subject.  Asking them also to act as police is too heavy a responsibility.

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