Letter To The Editor: In Response To Debate On Storing Guns On Campus

By LAUREN GRIFFITH
Los Alamos

I’ve been following the rather heated debate about storing guns in safes on the high school and middle school campuses and want to add a point of view for this change.

Firstly, I do understand why so many parents are upset that they weren’t included in and/or notified first that these changes may be taking place. These kids are our lives and any change to their potential safety, be it good or bad, should not be taken lightly. If the schools can ensure parents are notified of curriculum changes, they should certainly be able to do this.

That being said however, I applaud the schools for taking greater safety measures now. I’ve seen so many people state that nothing awful has every happened here so why should we put our kids at risk by adding fire arms on site? My main question is this: why on earth do we need to wait for something awful to happen before we implement greater safety measures, especially when the cost and impact of doing so is so minute? Additionally, the risk to students by adding locked gun safes on site is extremely low. If someone really wanted access to a gun, it would be a lot easier to look elsewhere. It seems futile to me to make a huge deal about locked fire arms where only trained personnel can access and/or use them, when any person you walk past on the street could be carrying.
 
My only negative thought on this is that they haven’t decided to do this at the elementary schools where there is no regular on-site police or security presence. I would like to not only see the same measures there, but see all teachers trained in the use of the fire arms so that should the worst happen, they do not have to wait for police to arrive in an emergency.
 
In all reality, Los Alamos has not seen anything awful happen, but that does not mean it couldn’t happen. We can be as optimistic as we like and pretend that bad things aren’t happening in the world, but that will not save our children. We can also be as fearful and protective as we like and that will also not necessarily save our children either. But if there are simple, cost effective measures we can put in place that might make a difference, I absolutely am for it. I for one do not want there to be even the slightest chance of standing at my child’s grave wishing I could go back and do something different.
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