Being gun-ready

Posted Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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From decades ago, I remember Cecil Glenn, our school district truant officer (now, a "resource officer").

Glenn rode our school bus every morning, and when a kid wasn't at the bus stop, he went to the house to learn why. He wore a suit and hat, and on his belt were a police badge and .38 caliber "Detective Special" revolver.

None of us thought anything about that. Our school had very little truancy and no rowdiness on the bus.

Still, I oppose armed classroom teachers. A person armed for positive purposes must not only have the weapon instantly available and be continually accurate, but, more importantly, must have completely reconciled the moral dilemma of when to kill another human and then do it with no delay.

How many of us meet that criteria?

-- Jim Atkinson, Fort Worth

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