Arm Our Kids Now - And Response

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

RE:  Roy Exum: Arm Our Teachers Now

I am writing in response to Roy Exum's editorial. I have heard this opinion before and always wondered if it is going far enough. Some people think one or two adults should be armed in each school, or even all teachers, as does Roy. 

I think all the students should be armed. It takes too long for one or two armed adults to get to the shooter's location. With an assault rifle, a shooter could kill a dozen kids in that amount of time. If each child could carry, that child has a chance to get off a few shots before being killed himself or one or more classmates being hit. I imagine each child should have a little holster, too, so he or she would be prepared at the first sign of trouble. 

The more guns the better, 

Robin Tauer 

* * *

I have heard this argument that one writer submitted suggesting that we arm kids. Actually let's take the absurdity of such an argument to its ultimate conclusion and further the NRA would love it as the gun manufacturers would have another market for their weapons. 

When I was a kid one of the most fun activities was what we called simply guns.  We would pretend with our Roy Rogers 6 guns, complete with cheap holsters, to be cowboys rounding up bandits and cattle rustlers.  Now the extent of our firearms were caps that went bang when we pulled the trigger. Now, think of this market as the absurdity to the writer's suggestion that we arm kids.  Why not, say I, teach 5-year-olds how to shoot and by the time they were in high school they would be proficient on the AR-15 and be allowed to pack along with lunch and homework in their backpacks.  

The gun "crazies" in this country have gone way over any suggestion that might save lives. They have, instead, advocated for more guns and more ammo and more people killed. Let's face it, those that have some understanding of weapons and their dangers. If we arm the population thinking that somehow all would well we need to take a look back at what is the gun culture in this country. We arm everyone and assume they can shoot and can shoot accurately and they have enough common sense to know that firing in a crowded environment like the classroom would kill innocents and not necessarily the perpetrator with the AR-15.

I am a vet and qualified on many weapons. I was also a hunter trained by the NRA in proper gun handling. That NRA has been replaced by a corporation that keeps our elected officials well kept with money and support and when practical suggestions come up and they do the NRA and all its followers just repeat the gospel according to the NRA. We could do better if only.

Robert Brooks


Alex George Firing Is Shameful

Roy Exum: We're Torturing Millions

Alstom And Tubman: A Tale Of Two Sites


My prayers go out to Alex George. It is disgusting and shameful for her to be fired like this, probably illegal as well. I am amazed that a corporation depending on their public persona would ... (click for more)

I’ll admit it – I would rather hurt than take an opioid pain pill. Hydrocodone and its cousins scare the willies out of me because once when I was ‘drug sick,’ it was the worst sickness I have ... (click for more)

The former Alstom industrial site on the riverfront and the former Harriett Tubman housing site in East Chattanooga both have a lot of redevelopment potential. And yet the city of Chattanooga ... (click for more)


Opinion

Alex George Firing Is Shameful

My prayers go out to Alex George. It is disgusting and shameful for her to be fired like this, probably illegal as well. I am amazed that a corporation depending on their public persona would behave like this, beyond the pale, unfeeling actions. It’s probably not too late for them to reverse this decision, apologize to her, and begin helping her. Jim Folkner (click for more)

Roy Exum: We're Torturing Millions

I’ll admit it – I would rather hurt than take an opioid pain pill. Hydrocodone and its cousins scare the willies out of me because once when I was ‘drug sick,’ it was the worst sickness I have ever known. For somebody who always has somewhere that it hurts, I know that opioids are wonderful when used properly but because they are increasingly abused by society, there are now over ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Local Boy Scout Council Says It Is Financially Sound Despite Woes At National Level

The Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which serves 11 counties in Tennessee and northwest Georgia, has informed its executive board, donors, supporters, and volunteers that the local organization remains financially strong in light of recent national news stories concerning consideration of bankruptcy at the national level of the organization. Officials said, ... (click for more)

Corker Offers Resolution Condemning Murder Of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will introduce on Thursday a Senate joint resolution holding Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a former Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post. The resolution condemns Khashoggi’s killing and insists on accountability for those involved ... (click for more)

Sports

UTC Men Lose In Shootout At Georgia State 95-88

The Chattanooga Mocs got into a shootout tonight in the GSU Sports Arena falling 95-88 at Georgia State. The 183 combined points in regulation are the most in a UTC game since the 125-85 Southern Conference win over The Citadel (210 pts) on Feb. 1, 2016. Five Mocs reach double figures led by David Jean-Baptiste’s career-high-tying 19. Jonathan Scott also set a new high with ... (click for more)

Hurricanes Rally To Beat Previously Unbeaten Mustangs, 63-58, In Overtime

In a District 5-3A basketball slugfest between what may be the two best teams in the league, East Hamilton got the go-ahead points on a steal-and-drive by Darwin Randolph in overtime and the Hurricanes defeated Walker Valley, 63-58, Tuesday night and handed the Mustangs their first loss of the season. “We had to keep playing a smart basketball because Walker Valley is a very ... (click for more)