My morning paper brings me two letters taking opposite sides in the gun debate.
Dan Oliver of Aberdeen calls teachers complainers, perverts, and sissies but still thinks we should carry guns in school:
I realize the arming of teachers is a hard sell. Daily stories about teachers who can’t keep their pants on around students raise questions of trust. Hesitance toward arming a group of people that constantly complain of low pay is also understandable.
Mainstream media loves to interview male teachers that lead one to believe they’d be standing on a chair shrieking were there a mouse in the classroom. They shudder at the suggestion of armed teachers, state that that’s not their job description and that they’re not paid to be police or well enough overall [Dan Oliver, letter to the editor, Aberdeen American News, 2018.03.22].
On the same page, my well-armed Meade County neighbor Marvin Kammerer calls the NRA criminal fascists and our Congressional delegation “wet noodle-backed leaders”:
As an owner of rifles and a couple of pistols, the National Rifle Association doesn’t speak for me. I’ve never been a member and would never join an organization that doesn’t respect the lives of our young…
…Our congressional crowd mostly have been bribed by the NRA and that to my mind is a criminal matter. Our youth are asking to be listened to and deserve our respect. Remember they are the future voters who can damned sure send you wet noodle-backed leaders home.
The NRA is a fascist organization whose money has bought our government’s principals. This country needs more than armchair patriots. The NRA needs to grow up, the politics of fear has no place in the organization [Marvin Kammerer, letter to the editor, Aberdeen American News, 2018.03.22].
“Wet noodle-backed”—I like that.