Letter: Want to protect our kids? Use well-funded police force


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Posted Online: Feb. 01, 2013, 2:23 pm
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I have grandchildren in school. Recent attacks have caused me to worry about their safety. We need to protect them from the next shooter who we must assume already has his guns.

The way to do that is by using our police force.

A policeman will park his squad car near the entrance, open the door, watch the crowd and close the door. If there is a possibility that forced entry could happen, he stays all day.

This officer has Kevlar under his shirt and a radio transmitter on his collar. He has lethal and non-lethal weapons on his belt. He has years of experience and training recognizing threats and suspicious activity. Potential attackers will be discouraged just by his presence.

Lawmakers will waste time considering stronger gun control laws some say will make guns harder for killers to get. How does that stop these shooters who plan out their attacks? They just take a little longer getting one of the 300 million firearms in the country. We must protect our children now!

Local law enforcement with appropriate funding would eliminate tragedies like the one in Connecticut. Many schools already do this. I have not heard of one of them being attacked. I am told the Colorado theater shooter bypassed theaters where police were present before choosing an unprotected one.

There will be a cost, but if we can support a significant portion of the healthy adult population from cradle-to-grave, we can protect our children. Can I get an Amen on this?

Larry Stone,
Rock Island



















 



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