Give teachers trained dogs, not guns

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: February 10 2013 | 11:28 am - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 11:16 am in
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There are things we can do to stop the madness in public and private schools starting tomorrow, not in the future when lobbyists are finished watering down gun legislation.

Rather than giving teachers guns, let’s give them dogs. A shooter targets and pursues his victims. His focus is on the task and the biggest problem in stopping a shooter is the response time. Giving a teacher a gun or having a police officer in the area is not going to be easy, cheap, or, in the case of giving them a gun, effective.

If we give the schoolteacher a trained dog to release — say a German Shepherd or Rottweiler — the shooter becomes the target of the dog. Any hunter will tell you that hitting a speeding dog with a handgun is nearly impossible, especially if you know that when you miss you’re going to be hit by all its teeth and fury. You break the shooter’s concentration and you make him the target. The idea is to interrupt the executions long enough for the police to arrive and save what’s left of the madman from the dogs.

Man’s best friend can and should play a role. Guns are a negative solution while dogs are a positive solution that won’t turn schools into armed camps.

This solution is real and could be implemented without the gun lobby interfering. This gives Congress a chance to work out the details on a gun bill and we can start tomorrow to save the lives of our children.

Steve Throssel

Eldora

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