"Now some California Republicans want teachers to be armed. Who is next? Have we become totally unhinged?"

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Another L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "GOP bill proposes arming teachers," Jan. 31

Following the 9/11 attacks, pilots were allowed to carry guns in the cockpit. Now some California Republicans want teachers to be armed. Who is next? Have we become totally unhinged?

In New Zealand, even police officers usually don't carry guns. They know arming themselves encourages would-be criminals to do likewise. New Zealand has more sheep than people, and we have almost as many guns as people. Maybe the Kiwis know something we don't.

David Amitai

Los Angeles

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.weiss Tim Weiss

    Give some arms to Venus de Milo instead!

  • Sally

    The Kiwis know a lot that we don't..like how to respect differences instead of fear-mongering that the Muslins, Taliban, progressives, liberals, illegals, women...are all out to get the poor defenseless white guys. What a sorry state of affairs. Thank you so much, NRA, Norquist, Fox, and the ever-stupid GOP for turning this nation into a battleground for sanity. I do hope sanity wins, but I'm getting more and more discouraged.