Any feedback on how i should/would/could tweak this would be greatly appreciated. If i find a need to amend it, i shall and send amended copies to my state Representation. Copy of missive sent.... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- After watching devastation of communities and lives in my lifetime by deranged madmen with guns in “gun free zones”. Columbine (during the last failed Assault weapons ban) Virginia Tech, Aurora and most recently, Sandy Hook Elementary. As a father of school aged children, my heart bleeds for the families of the children and school staff killed in this latest tragedy and the community of Newtown. I feel we all know that something MUST be done to better protect our most precious resource. Recently Mr. Lapeirre of the NRA suggested armed security at schools. Where this is a good beginning, I don’t think it goes far enough. To this end I will outline my, I am sure controversial, plan. My plan is to allow any and all teachers, administrators or other staff to arm themselves. 1st only those staff that CHOOSE and volunteer to be armed will be. 2nd We pay for those that so choose to take part in this program to take intensive defensive shooting classes and crisis remediation classes. 3rd we pay those willing to be armed a small stipend on each paycheck for the “inconvenience of carrying a firearm” 4th we make sure those that are armed will have their firearms loaded with “frangible” bullets. 5th all firearms MUST be concealed at all times. 6th ONLY the “trained professional armed security” or director of the schools security program know who are the staff so armed. 7th signs posted at all entrances to school and school grounds that staff are armed and trained to repel, with deadly force, any and all who threaten the staff or students. What this does is put doubt into the minds of any that would perpetuate violence upon our children or schools. No “unbalanced” student or other person(s) could “case” the school beforehand and target the too few armed security professional (s) at the beginning of the assault. Then leaving them free to reign terror and death upon the occupants of our schools. This allows our teachers and staff to INSTANTLY respond, with deadly force if needed, to any and all threats to our precious children. In the Sandy Hook tragedy, the principle and teachers stood with empty hands against a madman wielding firearms to save their precious charges, their pupils. THIS is a travesty that we do not allow our teachers to effectively protect our children as well as teach them.