Re "Arm teachers, lawmaker says" (Capitol & California, Jan. 31): Assemblyman Tim Donnelly's comparison of his "school marshals" plan to the federal air marshals program is a poor comparison at best and misleading at worst.
Air marshals are full-time, highly-trained law enforcement officers specifically dedicated to preventing hijackings. Teachers with concealed weapons permits have the primary purpose of teaching and will not have the same purpose, skill or training of a law enforcement officer. As Donnelly well knows, for example, it is not far-fetched to imagine a teacher, focused on instructing students, mistakenly leaving his or her gun in a briefcase next to the desk.
In Donnelly's case, fortunately, the gun was found by airport security personnel, not a curious second grade student. I would worry more, not less, for my children if teachers were armed.
-- Doug Purdy, Roseville