Good, bad gun­men in­crease body count

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OPINION -

The NRA claims the only per­son who can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Ac­tu­ally, that is a way to in­crease the body count.

The Army trained me, es­pe­cially in nine weeks of Ranger school, how to re­spond to an enemy as­sault, which served me well in Viet­nam. I have been shot at, and I know how I re­spond. Teach­ers, coaches, as­sis­tant prin­ci­pals and who­ever else the NRA would like to arm would re­ceive train­ing how to han­dle and shoot weapons — at tar­gets that don’t shoot back. With­out in­tense train­ing or com­bat con­di­tions, no one knows how they would re­spond when at­tacked. I fear the re­sult would be two peo­ple, one bad, one good, spraying bul­lets in a class­room of chil­dren or a church of par­ish­ioners.

The first pri­or­ity to stop­ping mass shoot­ings is to get the NRA out of Congress by vot­ing out those who pan­der to its money. Sec­ond is stop­ping the sale to civil­ians of mil­i­tary-grade weapons, large ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines and ac­ces­sories that cre­ate au­to­matic weapons. Third is in­creas­ing school se­cu­rity with trained of­fi­cers un­til the first two pri­or­i­ties are ac­com­plished. James M. Hem­s­ley

U.S. Army, re­tired

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.