Someone that I am (regretfully) related to made this comment to a post on Facebook today about arming teachers in schools in light of what happened in CT -
"Yes i do believe TEACHERS should have access to a weapon within 30 seconds at all times, I know there are crazies and some of them could snap but it pisses me off that when you go into a courthouse or cetain people peopel being able to have them and others not is wrong. just like killing a cop why do the murderers get much more time for that than an innocent child or a loving mother or an elderly person it just doesnt make sence to me"
The part that I want to highlight is this: "just like killing a cop why do the murderers get much more time for that than an innocent child or a loving mother or an elderly person". Is it actually true that people get more time for killing a police officer rather than a civilian? I've never exactly looked into that sort of thing - normally I'm focused on the officer and his/her family - but is that true?