MY VOICE: Gun advocates should pay cost of guards

Some people believe that I reject not only Donald Trump but his every word and policy. For example, that I disagree with denying refuge to victims of violence as inhumane and un-American and a violation of federal and international law. Or that I think our president threatens our very democracy each time he derides other branches of government or denigrates a press that holds government accountable. But to think I disagree with Trump about everything would just be wrong. Since the Parkland school shooting, I’ve considered Trump’s proposal to place armed guards in every school and realized Trump is right. With armed guards at our schools, we can protect the rights of everyone who wants to carry a firearm AND the rights of people who wish to be protected from such people. Trump’s proposal is not minor. Following the Stoneman Douglas shooting, Trump declared that the school needed 150 guards to protect approximately 3,100 students, about one guard per 20 students. The U.S. Department of Education estimates that approximately 76.5 million students currently attend American schools, kindergarten through graduate school. At Trump’s proposal of one guard per 20 students, we’ll need 3,820,000 guards to protect our children from the risk of becoming the next school carnage. It’s not really clear how we’ll pay for the guards needed to protect our children from Second Amendment devotees gone bad. First, there’s the question of pay. The average starting teacher earns around $38,000. Certainly an armed guard, responsible for the safety of […]

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