Actual gunfights

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When considering the advisability of allowing teachers and other school personnel to carry concealed weapons, consider this from the Jan. 16. Time magazine:

"In the New York City police department, for example, officers involved in gunfights typically hit their intended targets only 18 percent of the time, according to a Rand study.

"The research on actual gunfights, the kind that happen not in a politician's head but in fluorescent-lit stairwells, schools and strip-mall restaurants around America, reveals something surprising. Winning a gunfight without shooting innocent people typically requires realistic, expensive training and a special kind of person, a fact that has been strangely absent in all the back-and-forth about assault-weapon bans and the Second Amendment."

This issue requires careful, thoughtful and thorough study rather than a knee-jerk acceptance of the gun lobby's proposal.

-- John H Pickett, Fort Worth

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