To the Editor:
Steven Haldeman had a Letter to the Editor opposing the proposals about arming school teachers. He says he is an expert pistol shot, is a veteran and school teacher so I don’t know whose opinion would be worth listening to if not his. I’m a pretty fair shot with a pistol myself and I fully understand his concerns about ricochets and innocent bystanders. I learned to shoot 55 years ago and was taught as a child to always be aware of what is in the line of fire or potentially in the line of fire.
With that said, what does anyone do if faced with a shooter that is in the process of killing innocent people? If you fire and miss (or incur a ricochet), you may kill an innocent person. If you don’t fire, that shooter may have time to kill 10 more innocent people. What’s harder to live with, the mistake made while trying or the deaths incurred by not trying? I’m glad I’ve never faced that choice and hope I never have to.
However, my point is that we seem to be looking for good, clean, safe answers and there may not be any. I don’t know what the answer is, but I’d begin by stop publishing these shooters’ names and info. I think these people want attention and we’re throwing gas on the fire by giving it to them. As for the answers within the school itself, I’ll defer first to those such as Mr. Haldeman.
Alfred E. “Sonny” Sanders