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Courage Beyond Words

Society & Culture  (tags: children, death, gun control, second amendment, violence )

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More lives might have been saved if these brave adults had had firearms or there was a police officer or armed security at the school. Nothing is 100%, but steps need to be taken to decrease of the chances of this ever happening again.

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Linda C (88)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 8:28 am
And what we need to remember is that any news that is coming out is still too new and not fully accurate in some cases. We need to let the authorities gather all the information and trust they will release the facts as best they get them when that is done. Until then the focus should be on those that have been affected by this the most drastically; the families of those lost, the families of the children that lived through this, the community as a whole.

The best thing we can do is reserve judgement; it does no one any good to condemn as what is needed most is healing and compassion for all.

This is such a good article as we all need to stop and consider words; we need to make it clear how we are using specific words, too. What is our intention when we use them.

We also need to know that it did not help that funds were cut to help school districts to fund programs that provide a police officer to be in a school while it is open or other armed security. I would hope that one the first issues considered is what the principal of my grandsons' school has done, they evaluated very carefully their policy for dealing with this and found the loopholes and closed them. They are looking at the next step with the school board and school district administration, means to lock down the school to protect the majority. Most schools these days are made up of various wings with a central area. They have this at the boys' school so they are considering installing metal roll down doors that can be triggered to lower, closing off the students from the main hall. If they are aware of a problem in one area, the other areas can be closed off to protect students there. Alarm systems are going to be added to the windows, not just the doors.

There are so many ways we can become proactive and see that the schools are more secure as well. I would think that these things are much more valuable than bans on guns that will not solve the problem. Yes, bans on semi-automatics are one thing, but a total ban is not realistic. Lets concentrate on making the schools safer for the children.

Sandra S (39)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 8:42 am
Linda, most guns and rifles are semi-automatic, so a ban on them would mean a ban on almost all guns & rifles in the U.S.

While I believe all schools need to make major efforts to keep children safe inside the schools, what about outside when they are walking into school and leaving school?


Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 8:54 am
Is this the direction we want to grow government? Coddle to scared red necks so they can stock pile assault rifles? Maybe we could ban them and take the fox fear machine off line? Take the country back to the 60s/70s, when we were prosperous and these things didn't happen.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 7:22 pm
Come on! Lets talk about government size and priorities for once. In Australia, they bought $600 million in guns to get them off the streets and homes and crime plummeted. So, shouldn't we be saying that more guns will increase crime? It sure seems to be reasonable, don't you think?

Maybe everything you know, is wrong. It is for a lot of people.

Sandra S (39)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 1:55 pm
Not at all the case Jason R., in Australia after arms confiscation from law-abiding citizens:

Armed robberies up by 69%
Assaults with guns up by 28%
Gun murders up by 19%
Home invasions up by 21%

Criminals will always manage to get their hands on guns:

What about the Norway shootings near Oslo of all those young people. Very strict gun controls there. Germany had 3 out of 5 of the worst school shootings in the world. Strict gun controls also. Britain has a much higher murder rate than the US & they've banned guns. Your claim is flawed.

Sandra S (39)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 2:05 pm
"Take the country back to the 60s/70s, when we were prosperous and these things didn't happen."

These things didn't happen in the 60's & 70's?????

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
---John Adams, 'Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials,' December 1770

Sandra S (39)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 2:08 pm
First thing we should do is take down any gun-free zone signs around schools. That is an open invitation to nutcases that they can go there & shoot defenceless children & adults.
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