In the wake of the Newtown massacre, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre said, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Calls for armed guards in schools followed and teachers from Ohio to Texas to Utah have been flocking to free gun trainings. On Thursday, we’ll explore how educators, parents and others are processing the Newtown tragedy and what it will take to keep schools safe.
- Jason Goates, supports armed teachers
- Casey Davies, Utah Concealed Firearm Permits
- Sue Porter, former teacher and Executive Director of Color Country UniServ, a UEA affiliate
- Miriam Walkingshaw, Utah Parents Against Gun Violence
The colorful and dramatic baskets of five families living in Navajo country take center stage this weekend at the Utah Museum of Natural History. On Thursday, we learn more about the exhibit “Weaving a Revolution” and the network of weavers, designers and trading post proprietors who are creating a new art form.
The exhibit, “Weaving a Revolution: A Celebration of Contemporary Navajo Baskets,” opens Saturday, Jan. 12 and runs through Sunday, April 28 at the Utah Museum of Natural History, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City.
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A couple of things that we were not able to address: The official position of the Utah Education Association on guns in schools is the same as the NEA:
“Guns have no place in our schools. Period. We must do everything we can to reduce the possibility of any gunfire in schools, and concentrate on ways to keep all guns off school property and ensure the safety of children and school employees.”
The NEA has also partnered with Mayors Against Illegal Guns in demanding a plan to end gun violence.
Also the American Academy of Pediatrics:
“The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) firmly believes that the most effective way to prevent firearm-related injury to children is to keep guns out of homes and communities.”
Also, it is important to remember that Utah allows not just teachers to carry guns in schools, but janitors, volunteers, grandparents, ANYONE who has taken the brief training and obtained a concealed weapons permit. We are blindly trusting that ALL of these people entering our schools can and will handle guns safely and attentively.
Utah Parents Against Gun Violence would like to reiterate the importance of strengthening the laws and closing the holes in the laws that so easily allow criminals to obtain guns. Please review Utah law and ask yourself, what is stopping criminals from getting guns here? We think you will find many ways in which our laws are woefully inadequate. These laws should be our first line of defense. Prevention.
The very last line of defense is this idea of ‘vigilante justice’ where the public, who has NO legal obligation to protect our students, be trusted to do so.