2007-04-19 : Letter : Protection of Schools

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2007-04-19 : Letter : Protection of Schools

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-04-24 10:00

Protection of Schools

Much has been said about firearms being available in educational
institutions after the tragic shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, USA.

In Israel teachers and parents serving as school aids are armed at all times
on school grounds, with semi-automatic weapons. Since this policy was
adopted in the 1970's, attacks by gunmen at schools in Israel have ceased.

In 2004 Thailand adopted a similar approach for safety of children. It is
politically incorrect, but it does have the advantage of saving the lives of
innocent children and teachers. The policy? Encouraging teachers to carry

As reported by the Associated Press on April 27, 2004, “Interior Minister
Bhokin Bhalakula ordered provincial governors to give teachers licenses to
buy guns if they want to even though it would mean bringing firearms into
the classrooms when the region's 925 schools reopen May 17 after two months
of summer holiday.”

But though Thailand’s government is extremely hostile to gun ownership in
general, it has recognized that teachers ought to be able to safeguard their
students and themselves.

Maybe we can learn something from these countries.

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