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Letter: Leave guns to those who are trained to carry

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From: Willard Henderson


Received: Feb. 15

I agree with the article published Feb. 15, “Keep guns in hands of police at schools.” I am a life member of the NRA and have been an NRA instructor in pistol, rifle, shotgun and shooter safety for many years. I also was a business teacher, counselor and placement director at Manual High School in Indianapolis.

I think these qualifications give me a unique experience to make my thoughts known. The only one allowed to have a gun on school property should be a police officer or retired police officer.

I read a while back where some states were giving teachers a two-day course, and then they could carry a gun to protect the students. Are they kidding?

People who believe this way, I am sorry to say, know little about guns. In the NRA training course, you must do eight hours on the shooting range and four hours in the classroom, then pass an examination. Then you could get your certificate or as of a few years ago, your license to apply for a personal carry permit.

I believe each school should have two police officers. Reason: The bad students or bad people can use their cellphones to tell each other where the one police officer is, but they would not know where the second officer was. You have to think outside the box.

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