February 3, 2013

Let's arm the kids -- idea whose time has come

Letter to the Editor

I thought that one had to go to Texas for this kind of thinking, but our own state Sen. David Burns, R-Whiting, has brought it to Maine.

While well-directed, his bill doesn't go far enough. Why stop with school employees? Let's arm the kids! Think of the possibilities.

Wayne LaPierre and his wise and well-reasoned followers at the National Rifle Association will be ecstatic about the potential members, and new Second Amendment defenders.

And what a business opportunity for the manufacturers: new smaller, lighter pieces designed for tiny hands. Gun shops and shows could have "kiddy" sections.

Third-world countries would realize new employment, sewing backpacks with special pockets for high-capacity clips. No one wants a kid to run out of ammo during those playground disputes.

With tight budgets, school districts wouldn't have to hire armed guards. What gunman would want to face a building full of armed K-8th-grade kids blazing away from behind overturned desks?

This is an idea whose time has come. Once again America could lead the world by being the first western democracy to let its children protect themselves.

The Founding Fathers would be so proud.

Barry Norling, Norridgewock

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