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12/27/2012 8:05:00 AM
Letter: As a nation, we cannot go through this again


I’m sitting here on Christmas morning and thinking about what utter and complete despair and sorrow the families and friends of Newtown, Conn., are going through. I cannot imagine. Just thinking about it brings me to tears.

After those recent horrific gut-wrenching events, it is time for all municipalities to act to help protect our precious children from harm when they are in school.

After reading Wayne LaPierre’s comments from the NRA, I agree with his recommendations but wish to do much more. First, require all teachers to be trained to carry concealed firearms as a condition of employment. Install metal detectors and post armed security guards at all entrances and exits. Clearly communicate all of this in the local newspapers, media and Internet. Pound Twitter, Facebook the web and email with this information. Deterrents like this WILL work. Post signage and large visible placards around the school. Have all school facilities fenced.

Perhaps instead of sending billions of dollars overseas for “aid” to foreign nations, we can spend the money on the safety of our children. This MUST be done! If this sounds like a minimum security prison, then so be it! The federal government should provide aid to help us secure the schools of our most precious assets. Gun-control legislation is just a “feel-good” reaction. Banning high capacity firearms will just create a vibrant, accessible underground black-market. Anyone will still be able to acquire these weapons, as this will be just a minor deterrent. We know that.

The main issues as to why these individuals perform these heinous crimes deals with two things; 1) the prescription drugs that they are taking (or not taking) and 2) the proliferation of guns, sex and violence that we see every day on our televisions, theaters and video-game consoles. We must do this.

We must. As a nation, we cannot go through this again.

Brett Markman


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Article comment by: Many Can Help

Mr. Markman: I think your ideas are sound. The only change I would make is to NOT require all teachers to be trained to carry concealed firearms as a condition of employment. It should be a voluntary action, by those who are mentally geared to do so. Not all people are cut out to safely use firearms, no matter how long they might train. Where there are not sufficent teachers who are able and trained to carry concealed, other trained school personnel (teacher's aides, janitors, bus drivers, kitchen workers, since all are presumably screened before employment) can complete the coverage.

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Article comment by: Idealistic Ideas Into Action

@ John A Bond - Sure, all you say sounds accurate about the nature of man through today. But what do you say will help to protect our children NOW, despite the current nature of man? Please provide us with an outline of a sensible gun law that you think will address the proliferation of such weapons into the hands of unstable people, and that can help protect our children, without taking away our own rights to protect ourselves.

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Article comment by: Schools Are Gun-Free Zones... Why?

Don't make all school workers carry guns.
The right to bear arms is protected by the 2nd
amendment...but it should be by a free choice.

Also to protect ones self in a duty for every adult.

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Peter, Yavapai County

The 2nd ammendment to the Constitution guarantees th right to bear arms. Notice the there is no age limit given in the Constution for constiutional rights.

The next argument the NRA will make is that children should not be denied the right to carry...and "origianalists" on the Supreme Court will agree.

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: perhaps we should just... .

swap the non-violent folks from our prisons with our students. then the kids would be safe from the bad bad world and the 'criminals' could get an education.

the NRA's reaction is knee jerk and reactionary... trying to never let a tragedy go to waste perhaps.

guns are not evil but they sure help folks act on those impulses in a fatal way.

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

Mr. Markam:

Thank you for your letter. I perceive the real problem in America to be a cultural one. It is the culture of violence endemic to our society that accounts for so much of the gun violence in America.

I think the proliferation of weapons is certainly part of that culture and the association with sex and violence is part of it, too.

We inculcate our children with violence from birth and then we are surprised when there is so much violence in a society that relies upon a capitalist economic system that relies upon mutual exploitation of each in a culture of competition.

A system that puts the greatest emphasis upon the accumulation of material wealth as the expression of success.

The mutual exploitation of each other in such a society insures that violence will predominate. This is particularly true when we put so much emphasis upon the use of violence as the paramount method of conflict resolution.

Their is a culture of violence in America that dates all the way back to the founding of our nation.

Historically, America expanded its borders with violence. We invaded Mexico and wrested by force of arm, much of the land that now represents the American southwest and California from those people.

Our history is a history of violence and we engage in wars for profit that have nothing to do with democracy motivated by GREED.

While I agree with you about prescription drugs, the war on drugs is a completely failure. It has caused so much unnecesary violence in our society.

We imprison over 2 million of our citizens and most are imprisoned for non-violent drug crimes in what is rapidly becoming a privatized for profit prison industry.

The endless pursuit of profit while hiding behind the protections of the 2nd amendment are reprehensible.

No one that I know of wants to disarm the American people or take away their right to bear arms.

Many do want sensible gun control laws, like background checks at gun shows or when purchasing from private dealers, to reduce the potential for assualt weapons from getting into the hands of unstable people or criminals.

That does not seem unreasonable to me. It is only a matter of time before the violence reaches such a level that the government will feel justified in eliminating gun ownership under the guise of protecting the populace from gun mayhem.

The only way to prevent it, is to enact sensible gun laws that address the proliferation of such weapons into the hands of unstable people.

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: Get used to disappointment

It will happen again, soon.

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