Letter: Will Armed Guards Really Protect Students?

The following is a letter to the editor sent by Chris Friden of Weston.

To the Editor:

I am a parent of two Weston students who is very concerned about safety. That said, I am also greatly concerned that over-reactions will ultimately contribute to our culture of violence and create more problems than they solve.

The proposed installation of armed personnel at our schools troubles me and leads me to ask:

1) Can an officer really stop armed invaders who have body armor and the element of surprise, or are we only appeasing ourselves with the appearance of safety?

2) Is an officer really a deterrent to an erratic thinker who plans to die? Might they instead escalate their planning to overcome security by sniping from afar, using greater firepower, adding co-conspirators/shooters, detonating explosives? Is this an invitation for MORE carnage?

3) Do we want deadly crossfire when an officer’s hit rate is about 12 percent?

4) Do we want to further romance guns and send the message to our kids that authority is in the hands of those with guns? Are we not adding to a viscous cycle that says power and control comes from violence?

We are all facing a hard look at the limits of the Second Amendment, mental illness, and our culture. If we as Westonites and other Connecticut school districts quickly react in fear, we have effectively made a de facto vote with the NRA. Let’s not reach for guns to solve this problem. Rights, freedoms, and innocence—once lost—are very hard to get back. I don’t want my children being around guns during their school day (even in the hands of peace keepers) and I don’t want them being told that THOSE guns will keep them safe. That would simply add to these sad tragedies in my eyes.

Chris Friden


Fairfield Old Timer January 13, 2013 at 05:32 PM
"...................the government is coming for their guns." But they are!
Tuck January 15, 2013 at 05:04 PM
"I am shocked at the paranoia and fear that the government is coming for their guns" They're not paranoid, they're listening to you, as you suggest that the government should come for their guns (in the previous sentence). In other news: "Over 1,000 Educators Apply for Armed Teacher Training" http://www.redstate.com/jasonahart/2013/01/11/over-1000-educators-apply-for-armed-teacher-training/ Nice to see that some folks care about the kids, and are not just concerned about meaninless "feel-good" measures...
fairfield newcomer January 17, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Notice the source, the frightened right wing which sees a conspiracy under every bush and the government coming to take your guns away. The plan is to CONTROL assault and multiple cartridge weapons. Don't believe the frightened little cowards who walk in fear and feel that a gun will remove those fears, they'll shoot the first person who looks "dangerous" to them, remember the murder of Travon Martin in FL by such a person.
Tuck January 17, 2013 at 05:21 PM
"...they'll shoot the first person who looks "dangerous" to them, remember the murder of Travon Martin in FL by such a person." George Zimmerman, the person who shot Travon Martin, was an African-Hispanic Democrat. Not exactly "right-wing". "Voting Form Shows George Zimmerman Is A Registered Democrat, Confounding Message Pushed By Left" http://www.ibtimes.com/voting-form-shows-george-zimmerman-registered-democrat-confounding-message-pushed-left-430738 Get your facts straight.
London January 18, 2013 at 04:20 AM
Memphis Tennessee 1980, pre school teacher shot and killed by toddler. My 3 year old cousin attended that school. The child found the gun, thinking it was a toy pointed it at an adult and pulled the trigger. I know many teachers who have no desire or inclination to become a "Dirty Harriet/Harry" "make my day" kind of teacher. However, where I come from there are delusional people who would like to live out that fantasy. They want to be the hero that takes out the "bad guy", Reality check....it's extremely hard to identify a shooter in a chaotic environment. Military and law enforcement train for years and occasionally get it wrong! Teachers, learning to manage recoil on a weapon, use both hands, spot shooter, miss children screaming and running, heart and respiration rapid, raw adrenalin, it's hard to steady your hands.....it ain't gonna cut it.. Simple solution, regulation, restriction, registration ....kind of like teaching the 3 R's just for gun owners, I'm a supporter of the 2nd amendment, grew up with guns, was taught how to use them. I have no problem with ownership, I have a problem with children dying especially by semi auto weapons originally designed for the military. NRA glorifies violence. NRA Guns of Hollywood http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/01/02/video-nra-blames-violent-films-for-mass-shootin/191980 Zimmerman is a sad case of someone who should not have owned a gun and may have benefited from training. Ignorance kills innocent people.


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