Re "Roots of gun culture run deep in Newton" (Page A1, Dec. 21): As a retired teacher reading about self-described "arsenal" owners living in Newtown wanting school staff to be armed to protect the children, I was struck by their disconnect to the realities of the classroom and its purpose. I was then heartened by the NRA calling on Congress to appropriate what it needed to put an armed police officer in every school in America.
Congress should appropriate a 1 percent safety fee on the cost of each gun manufactured and purchased for the personal arsenal of these Americans. The fee would pay for a well trained and armed school safety officer for each public school, and pay for required psychological screening prior to gun ownership.
-- Thomas Pope, Sacramento