Beyonce, Hillary Clinton and Republicans in today’s letters to the editor.
Pick of the day: Arming our teachers
Arming teachers would be a very dangerous and costly experiment. Would excellent teachers be fired because they couldn’t hit the side of a barn with a pistol?
Remember the delegate whose gun discharged while he was fiddling with it right in his office in the General Assembly Building? He was a person supposedly skilled in the handling of firearms. Would additional guns in schools really make our children safer?
Who would bear the expense incurred in providing teachers with weapons, training and ammunition? Would the National Rifle Association? Would it be another unfunded mandate passed by the state onto local government, then to the taxpayer? Would it be taken from law enforcement budgets? Should weapons and ammunition be added to the list for property tax?
I, for one, am tired of the taxpayers paying for all the detection devices and extra personnel required to secure our schools and other public buildings. Prior to public sale of combat weapons, none of this was required.
MADISON E. MARYE
Virginia State Senate, retired