Start by making our schools safer
To the Editor: I am an avid hunter and shooter for many years. I have three children, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. My children and grandchildren either hunt or shoot for sport. I was shot in a hunting accident more than 30 years ago through someone else’s carelessness. I feel I can speak on the issue of gun control.
There is no doubt that the recent school shootings have been a tragedy. Any time innocent children are shot, injured, killed or emotionally injured, it is a tragedy and should never occur.
There seems to be a division between the right to bear arms and the need to kill innocent people. If the current laws concerning background checks, and those weapon offenses laws not being followed, were to be followed as written, it would be great. If mentally ill persons, felons, those found dangerous to themselves and others were not allowed to purchase weapons, we would not see this happening. Making more laws when the present laws are not being enforced will be of no help. This will not solve the problem.
As you already know, in the Florida school shooting they had warnings that were not heeded. If they had been, possibly this tragedy would never have happened. In my opinion, this is not a “gun” problem but a “people” problem. We have lost our respect for our laws and for other people, we are not being taught right from wrong, families are split, violent computer video games are common and I could go on and on.
I realize people just want this fixed now. Stop the shootings in our schools. I agree with this, but taking away innocent peoples’ guns will not stop this. In my day, I took my gun to school and propped it in the corner to go hunting after school. No one bothered it and it didn’t shoot anyone, but folks, those days are over. We need armed guards in our schools, we need only one entrance to our schools, we need metal detectors to check backpacks, we need bulletproof doors on our classrooms and, as some schools have done, a way to get children barricaded in a classroom out of sight of the shooter.
School shootings are a reality, so the school must be made safe. We protect our government officials, our dignitaries, our president, etc. And we do that with guns! Why not our children?
Things have changed. There are many disturbed people out there, and if they can’t get a legal weapon, they will get an illegal one. We are seeing folks who are upset about the breakup of a girlfriend, bringing a gun to school and shooting. Tell me that 50 years ago this is the way we would have handled this situation. Things have changed, and people have changed.
Let’s begin by making our schools safe, teaching our children respect, bring God back, teaching respect for our flag and our national anthem and enforcing the laws we have on the books. Doing a better job of our background checks, as they presently exist, and being vigilant for things that just don’t seem the way they should, would be a help. Making new gun laws and taking away guns from innocent people will solve nothing. Herman W. Clemans