To The Editor:

After reading the “Concealed Gun Bill for Teachers Filed” article in the AP section of the paper I was in “shock.” Missouri Rep. Mike Kelley and others want to put guns in the hands of teachers; are teachers trained for that ... No!

I do agree that there is a problem but that is not the solution. For instance, would you let your doctor build the engine in your car, or your mechanic do a heart transplant on you. Of course not.

Then I read the “On the Street Opinion” and Nick you are dead wrong. Why can’t we put security guards in our schools? As long as they are trained professionals, not some teacher with a conceal and carry permit. What if that teacher goes on a rampage for some reason? Another thing — what good is a camera, it can’t stop the criminal before they shoot everyone and if the camera gets their image what good is that? He’s gong to kill himself when he’s done.

Sarah in the same column is right on the mark — officers with training.

Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. Why? Who knows for sure.

Forks don’t make you fat, food does.

Money doesn’t make you rich, saving it and investing does.

Cars don’t kill, the people with lack of attention driving do.

A book doesn’t make you smarter, but reading and understanding it does.

I could go on and on.

Parents need to pay more attention to their kids, moods, friends, activities. Movies they watch, video games they play and so on. They will most likely see a very noticeable change in their kids when something is wrong, and maybe stop a potential disaster from happening.

I have one more comment on the article by Bill Miller Jr., “Prosecutor Says It’s Time to Discuss Gun Laws.

It said, “It is no longer an open legal question about the Second Amendment’s guarantee of our right to bear arms” and “No hunter and no sportsman needs an assault weapon to exercise their Constitutional rights” and on it goes. Well, the Founding Fathers gave us the Second Amendment not to be free to go hunting but to be able to defend ourselves against any enemy, foreign or domestic. To me that means to be able to protect ourselves from our own government if necessary.

I don’t know about any of you out there, but I myself would rather have some kind of protection other than a big stick.

Tony Gruen

Father of Two

St. Clair

These articles are from the Dec. 22, 2012, edition. Thank you for letting me vent.