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Published: Sunday, Feb. 10 2013 10:49 p.m. MST

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Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Suppose you are a mentally disturbed person bent on killing innocent school children. Would you target this school in Pocatello or would you choose one where you know no guns are present and where you will not be stopped?

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Mountanman (sp?)

I'm far less worried about a crazed gunman shooting up a school in Pocatello than I am about a $12/hour "school resource officer" accidentally shooting one of the kids while handling his weapon.

Maybe we should make a bet on which happens first: An armed security guard stopping a school shooting, or a kid being accidentally shot by the guard. My money's on the latter.

And you're making an incorrect assumption that a mentally disturbed person would even consider the security status of a particular school when deciding which one to hit. These individuals are not thinking rationally when they do these school shootings...they're not going to calculate where they have the best chance of success. As evidence to prove my point, Sandy Hook was one of the most secure schools in all of Connecticut, yet Adam Lanza chose that one. He could have done far more damage at a different school. But he wasn't thinking rationally at the time.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

All kinds of businesses including banks and armored car personnel have trained armed guards and there has never been an accidental shooting from either that has been documented. Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you! As a gun owner, I have never accidently shot anyone nor have any of the other gun owners I know yet I can give you dozens of real examples where gun owners saved their own lives and lives of others with their guns! I would be much more willing to send my kids to a school where there were trained armed guards than one where there was none!
Disturbed people do not always think rationally but they would be more likely to choose targets that can't fight back like the bullies they are! This is their way to bully people that can't defend themselves, that's the issue here.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

The difference between an armored car driver and a school security guard is that the guard is by himself 95% of the time. The school security guard is surrounded by children 95% of the time.

If the solution to our gun violence problem is giving everyone guns, then you must also believe that the solution to our DUI problem is giving everyone alcohol, right?

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Whatever! Send your kids to whatever school you choose and I will do the same! Comparing DUIs with guns is ridiculous! Me, I will keep my guns to protect my family and you can put up a sign in your yard, "Gun free home" if you have the courage! Have a nice life!

one old man
Ogden, UT

But if the guns are locked up, what good will they do in an emergency?

I can see it now. The frantic cop hollering, "Time out! King's X! Let me go get my gun out of the safe!"

But guns in schools are still NOT the best answer.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

If conservatives truly believe in government at the lowest level, why aren't local school boards making these policies? Why must the State step in?

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Why is comparing DUI's with guns ridiculous? Both kill a lot of people.

I suspect the real issue here is you are a zealous gun owner who feels an increased sense of power from the fact that you are carrying something that can take a person out, and you are afraid of losing that sense of power if the government comes to take your gun (which is not going to happen, BTW). Would this be a correct statement?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Idaho school district OKs armed officers

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This headline is completely misleading.
[...and Mountaman didn't even take 30 seconds to even read the article before chiming in.]

If you READ the article, the School District did not vote to allow "armed" guards,
but voted to allow for the installation of gun safes so rifles could be kept on School property.

And the weapons must be removed each night.

No one packing any heat in the hallways.

Relax, Idaho Schools aren't going to start looking like a scene from "Escape from Alcatraz",
as much a the pro-gun people wish it would be.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@CHS 85

Because the left, the progressives, has worked hard for decades increasing state and federal government control of our local schools.

Are you making the argument for less state and federal control and more local control?

Things have gotten worse with less and less local control.

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