The Columbus Dispatch

Banning weapons won’t stop killings, decline of family to blame


On May 18, 1927, in Bath, Mich., 44 people, including 38 children, lost their lives at the hands of Andrew Kehoe, a disgruntle­d school board member, who planted dynamite causing the carnage.

In the same vein, the Columbine High School perpetrato­rs had set explosives that failed to go off. Their intent was to cause as much death and injury as possible.

Four thousand to 6,000 pounds of a mixture of fertilizer and fuel oil caused the death of 168 people, 19 of them little children in a daycare center located in the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.

There are four key elements to any emergency plan. They are: prevention, preparatio­n, response, and recovery.

Notice what is first: prevention.

Why are children committing acts of lethal violence in the first place? What was used to create the carnage is not as important as the “why.”

Banning fertilizer, fuel oil, guns, etc. is not going to stop these terrible occurrence­s.

The means to cause death and destructio­n are too varied to attempt to control. This country needs to come to terms with the degenerati­on of the family.

A simple study of the parents of Ethan Crumbley demonstrat­es this vividly.

Anything short of tackling this issue is simply “window dressing” and an admission by those in authority that we cannot do anything about this.

Richard J. Caster, Westervill­e

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