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Let me anticipate the usual letter writers who will respond to the Parkland, Fla., shooting with the same old bromides from their political camps. They all have good points, and I'm sure they see themselves as supporting the parents who lost children. There is no more destructive force that blows into a family's peace, loss of a family member. I know, I lost a brother in the Air Force.

I am sure the letters will range from gun confiscation to armed guards. All pretty good ideas but miss the mark. Parkland H.S. had an armed security guard on campus, where was he? The Navy SEALS and divers on my Facebook page react to gun control talk like you want to confiscate their guns, in some cases that is probably true.

I propose a third way.

When I retired from the Navy I was the master diver of nuclear submarine SQDN 3. I had been to Navy instructor school and taught at Saturation Diving School in submarine development group 1. That is the group that was the first ones down on the titanic. When I looked around to finish my education I found the prerequisites for teaching prohibitive. It was like the teacher's union did not want to have my world experience in their teacher's lounge. I would have been agreeable to wearing a gun in class or locked nearby.

The military retires thousands of instructors in nuclear and other physics, saturation and deep diving, math, food and culinary arts, computer science, missile and space telemetry. Every week in a Navy tech school is the equivalent of a semester of college. Perhaps the teacher's union does not want the competition of the common sense approach to teaching the military uses. Boot camp learning is not what I am talking about. Boot camp is only good to prepare a young mind to get ready to receive the fire house of information coming their way in tech school. Don't believe me? I have a set of lesson topic guides, instructor's guide, lesson topic guides, and test questions banks. I am willing to share them with any parent who is looking for better security for their children than an absent security guard with or without a gun. If he is not there, what does it matter.

John R. Hill

Coos Bay

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