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Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Dustin Ward, right, a substitute teacher at junior high schools and high schools in the Granite School District, holds a hand gun with assistance from Jim McCarthy, a Utah Concealed Carry Permit Instructor, during a free concealed carry class and mass violence response training session for school employees at the Maverik Center in West Valley on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.

I am a 68-year-old army veteran married to a high school math teacher who retired after 33 years in the classroom.

In 1975, my wife's assistant principal was shot and killed at a football game by a teacher from the opposing team's school. I have attended end-of-the-year parties, where I observe teachers who were so burned out that their safety and well-being was a concern.

I believe I could give many reasons why arming teachers is not wise, but I will just say that I am praying for teachers and their students.

John Burrell

Tampa, Fla.