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Rebecca Rusiecki

Guns have no place in schools

April 3, 2014

Like it or not, concealed carry has come to Illinois. The thought of everyone walking around with a gun doesn’t make me feel any safer—in fact, I think it will only lead to more unnecessary problems. I won’t use this column to debate the legality of concealed carry, but one thing is for sure; guns have no place in a school. RB shouldn’t have armed security guards or arm the teachers, and we should not permit concealed carry in the building.

Some argue that having armed security will prevent school shootings, but I don’t believe this is the case. Those who commit these crimes wouldn’t be deterred by a threat to their own life. They are most likely deeply disturbed and need to seek mental help. Guns have never been allowed in the school before, and I’ve always felt that we have had adequate security. Allowing staff members or visitors to carry guns won’t stop criminal activity. It would only be a matter of time before there was an accident and someone was hurt or killed.

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