"Mr. Hamilton – I found a lot of disagreeable points in your column, “The Capitolist” in the 12/27/12 edition of “The Urban Tulsa Weekly”.
First, take your own advice about having a “clear-eyed, sober discussion”. You state that it is needed but then label your supposed opponents as having insane responses, insinuating that if you agree with the idea of arming teachers that you don’t “have a lick of common sense”.
Second, be honest. You state your opinion that more guns in schools (in the hands of CLEET trained individuals) will not make our children and their teachers any safer but will in fact be a “recipe for more violence”. However, you provide no evidence to your point. Please show examples of data of contrasting schools where there are full time, trained staffers to schools with similar demographics that don’t have armed staffers. Otherwise, simply state that it is your opinion that it will not make the school safer. Anything other than facts is opinion, and for you to state your opinion as a fact, is a dishonest portrayal of the situation.
Third, be knowledgeable. The .223 is the second least powerful common hunting round available. Only the .22 that you spoke of is less powerful. Regarding the “hail of bullets”, please realize that the Bushmaster has no appreciable firing speed difference than the .45 that many carry (myself included). You state that an armed CLEET staffer will be no match for the assailant when what we have seen in recent cases is that the assailants are cowards, who purposely choose unarmed victims and that flee or take their own life when confronted by armed resistance. Regarding the size of an ammunition clip (they are magazines, not clips), I can change out a magazine in less than two literal seconds. When the assailant is free to roam school halls for 10 to 20 minutes without resistance, magazine sizes will not be a limiting factor to their actions.
As you stated near the close of your article, there is plenty of room for reasonable discussion. Let’s hope that your readers realize that your tripe, as you labeled the comments of those you oppose, isn’t applicable to the discourse in its current form.
Democrat, Father, Grand-Father of a Seven Year Old and CCL Holder"