I believe that Mr. Trump once again has a distorted view of reality. He stated that we should use the school’s veteran Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard working in the schools to “shoot the bad guys."

I am one of the 21.8 million military veterans who have all pledged to protect against all enemies foreign and domestic. I served four years in the Navy. Except for boot camp’s two days on the firing range, I imagine that along with the majority of other veterans, I never shot a gun. As an Electronic Technician, I spent all my time supporting and repairing electronic gear.

I have never pointed a weapon at another human being, do not own a side arm and, even still, if my, or my family’s life were in danger, I would like to think I could defend them.

Because of my military service, probably along with most veterans, I do not feel that it qualifies me to carry a weapon and take another’s life.

Get real, Mr. Trump.

— Bill Ferguson, Bakersfield