Letter to the editor: A new America

Posted 10/9/19

A new America Wow! Roy Legg apparently doesn’t believe in free speech. In his letter he lamented that this paper prints letters from citizens who don’t share his opinion regarding armed teachers. …

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Letter to the editor: A new America

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A new America

Wow! Roy Legg apparently doesn’t believe in free speech. In his letter he lamented that this paper prints letters from citizens who don’t share his opinion regarding armed teachers.

If someone prefers psychologically screened and trained armed teachers who may have a chance at saving children, he thinks that is drivel and should not be printed. Censorship is not an American value.

He goes on to set up a straw man argument about teachers blindly shooting through doors and maybe hitting students trying to get to safety in a class room. Mr. Legg, one of the first rules taught in firearms training is to identify your target before you shoot. A formally trained teacher will know that rule.

He further cites a STEM School security guard who accidentally wounded a student. That guard perhaps wasn’t screened and properly trained. In addition, he wasn’t supposed to be armed. Therefore, that incident lacks relevance to this discussion regarding trained teachers defending their students.

This is the new America we are facing. A diminished Bill of Rights, less free speech, a usurped Second Amendment, assaults on due process and people who are intolerant of anyone who sees things differently from their exalted opinion.

Arthur Bentzen

Castle Rock

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