Letter: Access to firearm crucial in handling active shooter cases

To the editor:

In response to your article, “Be prepared in case of shooter,” (Feb. 17), instead of law enforcement suggesting the hide, escape or fight approach, they should be suggesting that business and schools have staff that is trained and have access to a firearm.

The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun and unfortunately most businesses or school systems are unwilling to incur the expense to have a trained armed staff that is able to stop the threat. School administrators across the county always use the excuse of not having enough money in the budget, so I say to them, how much is a life worth?

If something occurs in Johnson County and students or staff are killed, I would like the school system to read the following statement to the loved ones of those killed: “We are truly sorry for the death of your loved one, but due to budget shortfalls, we were not able to keep your family member safe.”

Paul T. Lightle