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Instead of an armed presence in schools, how about tools to disarm?

It is getting increasingly difficult to tell whether the gun-control debate is being conducted by two hopelessly rigid, or hopelessly moronic, sides. But like the deadlocked politics infecting Washington, the results are likely to continue to be full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Given that the right seems devoted to turning our schools into armed camps, and the left insists that guns, rather than people, kill, why not try on for size an idea that actually might provide protection from armed madmen without posing a risk of increased carnage, and that might also skirt the debate over the Second Amendment to the Constitution? Why not equip schools with devices, such as a Taser, tranquilizer dart gun, or mace, that would immobilize, but not kill, an armed intruder?

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