Yes, arm the teachers – with bear spray, not guns

For the editor: Mass shootings occur when assailants with great firepower attack helpless people. (“Don’t expect teachers to be back-up police officers when the shooting begins,” June 2 editorial)

Most of the approximately 20 million AR-15-type weapons in circulation can fire a well-aimed shot every two seconds. Many AR-15s come with 30-round magazines that can be swapped out for another, and another, and another.

Guns aren’t the only way people defend themselves against attackers. Millions of Americans hike in national parks every year and are encouraged to carry pepper spray canisters, which shoot a 30-foot-long cloud of pepper spray for eight seconds.

The bear spray has been shown to be 95% effective in stopping grizzly bear charges. A short video provides proper training in its use.

Bear spray provides a safe and effective way to stop an armed attacker before they can inflict maximum carnage.

All schools have fire extinguishers that teachers can use while waiting for firefighters. Maybe it’s time for schools to hang canisters of pepper spray next to fire extinguishers so teachers can defend themselves against a shooter while waiting for the police to arrive.

David A. Walsh, Manhattan Beach