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  •  My husband was a police officer for 13 years; (13+ / 0-)

    the most difficult training he ever had was shoot/don't shoot. Shooting a real live human being, even one who is shooting at you or someone you love or are legally and morally responsible for, is much, much more difficult that those who would arm the teachers believe it is.

    I was a professional nanny for under three year olds for twelve years. You are absolutely right about the potential for an accident in a room full of small children and a gun.

                            Thank you,
                               Heather

    Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

    by Chacounne on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 08:46:38 AM PST

    •  Most people have never been faced with the (6+ / 0-)

      idea, that they may actually have to mortally wound another human being, or even an animal.

      They have no idea what they are talking about. Because when you shoot a person, you have decided that the situation is hopeless and there is nothing left to do but....

      That would hard to decide with an adult, it would be so much worse when dealing with a child.

      And that's assuming you have targeted the correct person, and you can hit them, without accidentally shooting anyone else around them.

    •  One of my best friends from high school (3+ / 0-)
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      Richard Rosenthal, a self-professed gun nut, became a New York City cop. He wrote about part of it in his book Rookie Cop: Deep Undercover in the Jewish Defense League, including going out with an assassination team and managing to keep them from doing it without blowing his cover.

      His worst day on the force, he told me and my wife personally, was the day he had to shoot a man to keep him from cutting the throat of a child.

      The way to deal with depressed, angry, suicidal mass shooters is to treat the depression, anger, and thoughts of suicide and never let it get to that state. Or better still, fix the economy and provide jobs to everybody, so we don't have so much depression and anger to begin with. But we know who won't stand for that.

      America—We built that!

      by Mokurai on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 11:57:39 AM PST

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