Walmart Gun Policy

FILE - In this June 5, 2017, file photo, customers shop for food at Walmart in Salem, N.H. Walmart says it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21. The retailer's new policy comes after Dick's Sporting Goods announced earlier Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, that it would restrict the sale of firearms to those under 21 years old. It didn't mention ammunition. Walmart says the decision came after a review of its firearm sales policy in light of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) 

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As a veteran public educator of 15 years, I would like my opinion heard on the current topic of having teachers being armed in the class. This is not the job we signed up for when we decided to educate students. Teachers are there to educate the child, and if our country believes a gun is necessary in the class in order to do this, then we have made grave mistakes along the way. Teachers take on many roles besides teaching the academic content to students. However, the role of police officer or soldier should be left up to those distinguished professionals. I have not had the training of either of those professions, and to ask a teacher to perform their job is a fool's errand. The concealed permit in Louisiana requires nine and a half hours of training over a one-day class. This would not adequately prepare anyone to be responsible enough to carry a gun in a class room. In order for a teacher to teach in a class, the state required a four-month student teaching period and a four-year degree when I graduated from LSU. I hope that this "idea" of arming teachers in the class never comes to fruition.

William Cox


Baton Rouge