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Reading, Writing, Automatic Weapons: Missouri Wants All Its Teachers to Carry a Gun

Reading, Writing, Automatic Weapons: Missouri Wants All Its Teachers to Carry a Gun
The idea of guns in schools raises several questions that go beyond the issues involved in adequately training teachers, itself a veritable minefield: Will teachers go through mandatory mental health screening? Can the authorities guarantee that no teachers with anger management issues will be armed in schools? Do schools mandate that guns are locked up while teachers are in class — rendering the good guy response moot — or are they left accessible to children in purses, lockers, desk drawers, or, better yet, on the desk tops? Missouri might just find out.
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By Golly, Gun Culture in Missouri Is Getting Extreme

By Golly, Gun Culture in Missouri Is Getting Extreme
Numbers tell stories. Based on statistics from 2010, "24/7 Wall St." ranked Missouri eighth for overall gun violence. Missouri had 14 gun injury deaths per each 100,000 people — only 11 states had a higher rate. The story these numbers tell isn't surprising. Almost all of these states are poor, Southern or Western and deep red or getting redder. Missouri isn't quite as poor or — maybe — as red as some, but given the inclinations of the Republicans who run our legislature, we'll soon be charter members of the hard-scrabble, hand-to-mouth, red-state contingent.
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