Monday, October 8, 2007

"Go ahead. Make my recess."

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- High school English teacher Shirley
Katz insists she needs to take her pistol with her to work because she fears her
ex-husband could show up and try to harm her. She's also worried about a
Columbine-style attack.

But Katz's district has barred teachers from bringing
guns to school, so she is challenging the ban as unlawful, since Oregon is among
states that allow people with a permit to carry concealed weapons into public
buildings.

The District of Columbia and 38 states -- but not Oregon -- have outlawed possession of firearms on school premises (except by law enforcement officers) so it'll be interesting to see how all of this plays out.

I have mixed feelings on this.

I understand the teacher's point. But I was more sympathetic before the weekend's events in Crandon where a young deputy sheriff who had firearms training and legally possessed weapons shot and killed six people. So it's a little tougher to say that someone who has had training and is licensed should be able to pack heat in school.

One of the worries that I'd have -- and a legitimate one at that -- is what if she lost possession or control of her 9mm Glock and it fell into the wrong hands? That's scary stuff.

But law enforcement doesn't exactly have an unblemished track record of protecting citizens, either.

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