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School gun safety forum shed light 

At the school safety forum at least one police officer stated that guns in the hands of the good guys/gals would not make the schools safer. He then tried to support that statement by describing a scenario of a classroom teacher with gun in hand and finger already on the trigger that was laughable besides being a terrible safety violation — 38 years as a certified law enforcement firearms instructor gives me some insight.  

Scenario aside, I know personally that hardened criminals do threaten arresting officers with injury or death. In 25 years of law enforcement — 19 in Rapid City and Pennington County — I have arrested more than I can count and I have been threatened with death/harm many times. However, when was the last time you heard of a violent criminal offender entering a publicly accessible law enforcement facility and racking up a big body count? What makes a police station different from a school? It is not rocket science folks. 

Also, kudos to Superintendent Lori Simon for her ability to give a straightforward unequivocal answer. More than one of us appreciated that and others could learn from her.  

Martin Sonnenfeld

Rapid City

No good reason for student walkout

According to a quote from the Journal by a student walkout leader, “The point is to bring attention to the fact that kids are being killed in a place where they are supposed to be safe.”

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This is no justification for a walkout — it’s a given. What a walkout requires is a solution to a given problem, not a restatement of it. What do these students really propose to solve by restating a recognized problem? Do they want gun confiscation? Are they willing to give up rights to purchase guns until they are 21? What is their solution? Do they even have one?

Until they do, they are wasting societies’ time and their own by skipping school to “march” for a cause that is a given and for which they have no solution.

Jacque Best

Rapid City

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