Letter: NRA right about selective firearms in our schools


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Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2013, 2:31 pm
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The NRA has said things that are unsettling to many of us. The last place in the world I want to see guns is in our schools. But, some of what it says is painfully true.

The solution to gun violence is complex. Part of the solution will definitely be tighter standards in registration and licensing, and perhaps selective bans on some weapons and ammo.

But the real problem lies much deeper. It's about a sad culture that celebrates excessive violence, destruction, and death big time.

A baby enters this world and is immediately absorbed into this sad culture via TV, newspapers, Internet, movies, etc. Perhaps the worst single offender is video games. (How many family-oriented, peace-loving games have you seen?)

In the wake of Sandy Hook, serious investigations are emerging and will hopefully lead to positive solutions. In the meantime I side with the NRA about the necessity of having selective firearms in our schools.

Whatever form they take (armed guards or teachers and administrators carrying concealed weapons), they are the ONLY way we can hope to stop the next "Adam Lanza" from breaking into another school with guns a blazing.

We talk about quality education and that's very important. But, tragically, when our kids are dead by some senseless act of violence, it really doesn't matter what we teach them, does it?

I abhor guns in our schools, but if they can save precious lives, then we best embrace them. The bottom line is saving lives. That perhaps trumps all other standards.

When 6- and 7 year-old kids, are being slaughtered at school where they should be safe, it's time to act NOW.

Rick Sundin Jr.,
Davenport

















 




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