Oak Parker in '31 Bullets' campaign

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

Oak Park parent and teacher Lisa Stukel was one of six teachers whom the Chicago Sun-Times and the ad firm Ogilvy & Mather Chicago took to a firing range to "see what would happen if Trump's proposition [to train and arm teachers with concealed weapons] came to fruition," according to an article on the experiment in Ad Week. 

"The biggest thing I remember is being scared," Stukel says in the roughly 3-minute video, part of the Sun-Times' "31 Bullets" campaign to end gun violence. 

"After I shot this gun it was so powerful that it kicked back," Stukel said. "To me it's not something that should be part of my alphabet and short vowel chart." 

On the campaign's deftly designed landing page, 31bullets.suntimes.com/, viewers can scroll over 31 separate boxes, each bearing a different illustration, to see a different "bullet" point of information, alerting readers to subjects like concealed carry and child locks. 

The video featuring Stukel and other teachers during weapons training at the range is in the first bullet, which the Sun-Times sums up, not unsurprisingly: "We believe this is not only an impractical solution, but a risky one." 

Well, that's putting it mildly. 

Michael Romain 

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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: May 15th, 2018 9:04 AM

What happens if there is a qualified teacher who could carry firearm in school, and they are denied to carry a firearm.If there is a shooting at the school and the unarmed teacher is injured, can they file a civil suit against the school and community because the school would not allow them to defend themselves and the school would not or did not protect them?

Bruce Kline  

Posted: May 14th, 2018 11:30 PM

George: Slanted? I would say this piece borders on the ludicrous. Yeah right. Take a teacher terrified of guns, who really has no motivation to put in the time to acquire the skills necessary to safely and effectively carry a gun. And surprise, surprise, what do you get? You get a teacher who is terrified of guns and does not want to be armed nor put in the time to acquire the skills necessary to safely and effectively carry a gun. Big surprise right? Hey if you're a teacher and don't want anything to do with guns, then guess what, stay away from guns, because you will be a danger to yourself as well as your students. That is pretty obvious ... to all. But not every teacher, I suspect is like that. Just like not every airline pilot is like that or for that matter members of my profession: doctors (you would be surprised how many docs carry).

Neal Buer  

Posted: May 14th, 2018 8:48 PM

Some airline pilots are armed. They complete a training course taught by retired federal agents.

George Reichert  

Posted: May 14th, 2018 8:27 PM

There is not much more that could have been done to make it a slanted piece of reporting. Six of the seven participants had never shot a gun and were afraid of them. The President's suggestion was to arm volunteers, who have pass a prescribed training course, not every teacher. The teachers in the video would not be candidates. Another 7 teachers with different backgrounds and philosophies would have probably presented a different picture. The current approach of hiding and letting the shooter(s) roam the building looking for victims until the police arrive has not been successful. One participant said the shooter could be among several students, and one of them could be hit. Now, the shooter is free to shoot any or all of them unopposed. Stopping the shooter at the door would save a lot of children. Training teaches one how to select the safest approach to a target. Another complaint was that the protecting teacher could mistakenly be shot by the police. Training and pre-established protocols would keep that possibility low.

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