Board takes aim at guns in schools

The Mail Tribune's Editorial Advisory Board weighs in this week on the Medford teacher who is suing the school district over its refusal to allow her to carry a concealed handgun on campus.

Every Jane or John Doe who is legally armed reduces the potential of future massacres. The victims of recent tragedies such as Virginia Tech may have welcomed the deterrent.

— David Boals

I'm surprised it's taken us this long to get to this. "Gun control" became an issue amidst the 1968 assassinations. For 40 years, debates have been loud, if not always clear. Now, a teacher wishes to protect herself with a concealed weapon. Predictably, many support her request; unsurprisingly, the School Board joins those who are against it. Actually, both sides make valid points. I am not ready for blanket permission to carry on campuses, but I know schools are safer with campus security trained in using firearms. The saddest issue is that someone feels she must arm against her ex-husband.

— Michael Wing

Exposing children to potential crossfire in school is not a policy that I would encourage. The Oregon courts should clarify whether concealed weapons may be carried into classrooms, but it would probably be more useful if there were a coherent national discussion about the Second Amendment, and the uses that guns play in our society today.

— Nancy Pagani

Our Constitution provides and protects our right to bear arms. If an individual has a state-issued concealed weapons permit, state law should have precedent over a local school district's policy. I believe it is the school district's responsibility to provide procedures to be followed by individuals that are carrying a gun on school property legally so that they can be identified in an emergency situation to law enforcement officials. The school district does not have the right to take away one of our constitutionally protected rights.

— Ed Chun

If state law allows people with concealed weapons permits to bring guns onto school property the law should override school policy. There are procedures to change laws. and in my opinion. this law should be changed.

Until that happens the law should be followed. I understand the lady fears her ex-husband but guns in school is a disaster waiting to happen.

— Richard Davis

I strongly oppose anyone other than trained police officers being allowed to carry concealed weapons on our campuses. I sympathize with the teacher, so afraid for her life that she cannot feel safe without a gun (another issue). However, student safety is at risk when a teacher, filled with fear, carries a concealed weapon. Police Officers are continuously trained, not only in the use of weapons but, just as important, in the psychological components involved when they draw their weapons. This teacher, and other civilians, are not.

Implied with carrying a weapon is that the person is willing to use it. I am confident our legislators will bring this law into alignment so that none of our children will ever be caught in the crossfire.

— Diane Stewart

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