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Arm the teachers or no?

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For decades of my life I have lived with an underground river of thought, of ever-changing and unspoken sound and fury that has kept me writing about life inside and outside my consciousness. Sometimes this unexpurgated prattling gets me into trouble, even with people that I may have thought understood what motivates me to write, but apparently misunderstood what I was trying to say.


However, this constantly-flow of thought has persevered over the years up until just before Christmas this year. Perhaps it is a number of close personal friends who have passed on, or those who are on the verge of falling by the wayside. In my moments of reverie I increasingly ponder our own vulnerability. After all, I turn 67 years of age in just a few days, which I often observe is much older than I ever dreamed I would reach. Still violence seems to be increasing while I watch.


However, no issue in the news has more captured my attention than arming school teachers in Utah public schools. Is this a cure for the acts of random violence which has so devastated public schools, such as in Newtown, Connecticut, or is this just part of an increasing tendency to commit great acts of violence?


In this picture from the Associated Press, Christine Caldwell, left, receives firearms training with a 9mm Glock from personal defense instructor Jim McCarthy during concealed weapons training for 200 Utah teachers Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in West Valley City, Utah. The Utah Shooting Sports Council offered six hours of training in handling concealed weapons in the latest effort to arm teachers to confront school assailants. Is this a cure or merely part of a bigger problem?






Spokesman-Review readers blog about news and issues in Spokane written by Dave Laird.