Letter: Says adding more guns at schools is not the answer

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Responding to the

writer who proposes posting volunteer deputy sheriffs in Hudson schools, my first response is, "Who do we think such persons might be?" Retired elderly? Stay-at-home moms? Who is it that will be available to volunteer during regular business hours other than unemployed wannabe cops? None other than your standard security guard with a gun, but not realistically trained at the same level as a police officer.

Where we need to focus our attention and our capital is on why we might need armed guards in the first place. It is a complex stew of access to guns, mental health and a culture of gratuitous violence. Well, that's too difficult and bears too many partisan elements, so let's just put a bandage on it by incorporating the convoluted logic of adding more guns. In case you have forgotten, please recall the recent Bonnie and Clyde car chase and shoot-out in Cleveland which left two apparently unarmed persons dead at the hands of Cleveland's finest.

As for simple security steps, might I suggest installation of escape doors on all ground floor classrooms wired into the existing security systems. Outdoors is a better refuge than a closet or a desk.

Carl J. Kotheimer, Hudson

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  • There should be a policeman at every school in the country. Inner-city schools have police and you don't hear about mass shootings in the urban schools. They happen in places like Hudson.