Letter: Tightening gun laws protects students

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Editor,

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, in my opinion, is to be commended for his stance on gun reform by endorsing Congressional bills H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112, supporting the tightening of background checks and banning unlicensed transfers of guns through unregulated sales.

Carmel Clay Schools Director of Student Services David Woodward, in my opinion, is to be commended for partnering with nearby school districts to create a countywide mental health response team and training CCS school board members on how to use a tourniquet as a measure to improve student safety.

Now, hold on! What am I missing here? I recall fire drills, CPR training, severe weather warning protocols when my kids went to school. Am I now have to worry about how my grandkids’ teachers will know how to stop the bleeding from gunshot wounds? To hold teachers responsible for my grandkids’ safety by training them to use tourniquets from alleged mentally unstable lunatics with a gun is equivalent to teaching them to put a Band-Aid on a hemorrhage.

Schools are not for learning how to hide in closets for fear of being shot from weapons of war. Our kids are counting on us to keep them safe. Support gun safety legislation!

Becky Kapsalis, Carmel

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