Letters to the editor on arming teachers, nominating commission, liquor sales, sequester blame

03/29/2013 6:24 PM

03/29/2013 6:24 PM

Arming teachers is a bad idea

Allowing teachers to carry guns in school is a bad idea. In fact, it’s crazy.

What do the teachers with guns do? Do they carry them around? What kind of an environment would it be for kids with their teacher standing before them armed? A safe one, the proponents would say. However, many kids would be uncomfortable with this. Moreover, research shows that the presence of a gun in the visible environment actually increases a person’s agitation and aggression.

If a teacher kept the gun in a desk, obviously it would have to be locked. This then negates the argument that a teacher could quickly incapacitate a shooter. Moreover, a gun in a teacher’s desk is an invitation to some students – a lock being just another “fun” obstacle to overcome.

How many kids get angry at their teachers? We don’t want to give them easy access to a gun. They may shoot first and think later. And who is legally liable for the injuries and deaths that result from this ill-conceived gun proposal?

Will armed teachers deter would-be shooters from entering a school? Absolutely not, because most of these shooters are fully expecting to die in the attack. In fact, they want to die. You’ve heard of “suicide by cop.” We don’t want to create the opportunity for “suicide by teacher.” This could actually entice mentally ill shooters to come to schools.



KBA has no role

Time after time, the press has continued to report incorrect facts about how the lawyer members of the state’s Supreme Court Nominating Commission are determined. An Associated Press story got it wrong yet again (“Governor signs bill on judges,” March 28 Local & State).

Lawyer members are not “selected” by the Kansas Bar Association. The Kansas Bar Association is a professional organization with voluntary membership.

Rather, the lawyer members of the nominating commission are elected, and ballots are issued to all lawyers admitted and licensed to practice in Kansas. The Kansas Bar Association leadership has advocated for retaining this process, and has been open to negotiation, but has no role in who serves on the commission.

I wish the facts could be consistently presented, and accurately.



Allow liquor sales

As a mom of three young children, I view time as a luxury. When I heard about Uncork Kansas’ efforts to get beer and wine sold in grocery stores, I was ecstatic. My friends and I all agree that the convenience of buying a bottle of wine for dinner while we’re doing the rest of our grocery shopping would be well worth it.

I’m hopeful that Wichita legislators will vote in favor of the proposed legislation to allow the sale of alcohol in grocery stores. It’s a legal product, and we shouldn’t have to shop at a specialty store to purchase it.


Bel Aire

Not just Obama

“Show leadership” (March 16 Letters to the Editor) repeated the oft-heard claim that the sequester was the idea of the Obama administration. However, the assertion stopped there. Fox News and others that continue to spread this talking point conveniently leave out the rest.

The sequester was indeed the idea of the Obama administration, but to plant the blame solely at the president’s feet is unfair. The sequester was a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011, passed by 343 members of Congress (140 Democrats, 202 Republicans and 1 independent). There are lots of people to blame for this mess, including the president, but certainly not only the president.

Looking for blame? Here are three names on the list of those who voted for the sequester: Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Reps. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, and Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita.

If you want to blame the president for the sequester, that’s fair. But please don’t pass on the falsehood that he did it all by himself.



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