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4/12/2014 12:34:00 PM
Letters: A gun shop next to an elementary school?
Christian Bock
Christian Bock


Something has been bothering me for the last year. Every time I pass Smoking Gun Shop right next to the Elementary School I get mad. The kids shouldn't be going to school right next to a gun shop.

A lot of kids have been shot at school on the news. And in 20 years the kids at that school might be getting into trouble since they went to school next to people smoking and buying guns. I'm glad I don't go to that school. It's just crazy.

Christian Bock -- 9 years old

Cottonwood Elementary School

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Article comment by: Mary Jane

It seems to me that no matter how well meaning this child's parents thought he was, they should have sat him down and explained that the 2nd Amendment to the constitution was a very vital expression of what freedom means to Americans. The reason it was set down in the constitution was so that no 'well meaning' do-gooders could usurp what is truly an American right.

The true problem from guns is that prohibition against drugs has created a whole sub-class of people who are engaged in illegal commerce and are busy creating illegal, underground economies that have to be defended and expanded using sometimes violent means.

END PROHIBITION and you end the countless drug cartels and the violence that they foment. It only took 12 yrs to see the folly with PROHIBION the last time we tried it. We are now at more than 40 yrs with round 2 and no end in sight.

You (society) creates this violent sub-culture and then in the next breath complain about it. The 'WAR ON DRUGS' is really a 'WAR ON AMERICANS' and sometimes they fight back with disastrous results for all.

Go back to a genuine interpretation of the Constitution and repeal the illegal drug laws, and you will find out the 2nd Amendment has in reality, been shown to have been worth it after all!

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Article comment by: Billinda Bantam

Could've fooled me, Bill.

From over here, looks like you're helping a public school district harass a tiny little charter school that never did it any harm, but does cut into the preschool business. But maybe that's because I agree with what I think ibs means.

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014
Article comment by: Bill Bassett

Yeah, I firmly believe a nine year old, socially conscious child with progressive values all his own wrote this letter. Why? Because it's exactly the kind of thing I did more than 50 years ago when I was his age. I had my own neighborhood newspaper with the help of a friend who's dad had a mimeograph machine. Yes indeed, a nine year old wrote that well thought out and timely letter.

When and where I grew up, certain business were not allowed with in certain distances from schools. Bars and liqueur stores among them. Guns were sold mostly in sporting good stores or mail order back then. At least when and where I grew up.

And I still call those who lambaste a child for expressing himself publicly, idiots. Is that the way you encouraged your own children who might have shown a spark of intelligence and expression. Good luck to the generation you raised or are raising now. I'm just glad I had the parents I had. Supportive, engaged and proud of me when I did well. Anyone who treats a child with the kind of disrespect shown here, well, what else would you call them but idiots. Y'all should be ashamed of yourselves.

Way to go Christian, write to to planning and zoning office about getting the school to move. That would be my next step.

Before y'all blast my comments again, please notice that I am on the side of the gun shop.

Posted: Sunday, April 20, 2014
Article comment by: Does Anyone

Really believe that a nine year old wrote that article?? lol

Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Article comment by: Julie Dodge

This whole thing is ridiculous! First, the gun shop was there first & you as a parent knew that when you enrolled your child there. If you thought it was a problem then you should have sent your child elsewhere.

Second, the last place a shooter is going to go is to a school that is next to a gun shop because the gun owner would most likely be the first one the scene and the shooter would be stopped thanks to the gun shop owner being prepared like I imagine most gun shop owners are.

Third point, there are towns where citizens (households) are required by law to own a gun (except people with mental problems) & in those places there is virtually NO Crime and or shootings.

Example 1: Kennesaw, Georgia. 25 years murder-free in 'Gun Town USA' Crime rate plummeted after law required firearms for residents. Here is the link: http://www.wnd.com/2007/04/41196/.

Example 2: Nelson, Georgia and here is the link: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/02/17567999-georgia-town-passes-law-requiring-citizens-to-own-guns-and-ammo?lite.

A shooter is going to go where there are NO GUNS protecting people whether it is where there are adults or children at a school, college or university.

Guns donít pull the trigger people do. Just like it is people who decide to drink alcohol & drive drunk and run into another car with people in it and kill them. Are you going to want to outlaw cars next? What next, Knives, forks or rocks?

So letís all use facts and common sense itís people who use cars, guns, knives or tools to kill. How about teaching more people how to use guns to defend themselves? We all would be a lot safer for that.

Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Article comment by: Good point, Mr. Goatherder

Odds are Mr. Christian learned his commendable concern for students in charter schools from his teachers at Cottonwood Elementary School. At the least, they deserve some credit for the tone of moral superiority in his letter--even though, as Mr. Purch pointed out, CES is situated next to a post office, and it's difficult to think of anything crazier than forcing students to walk past those two active driveways twice a day.


Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Article comment by: O. Fender

I'm glad Christian isn't a student at that school. I'd hate to see him grow up to be a drunken gun nut with emphysema who's familiar with martial arts. But I'm worried about his mother driving him past places that provoke anger, which is often a gateway emotion for drug abuse.

For less impressionable students, though, isn't the biggest heath threat the proximity of Main Street traffic?

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Article comment by: Brian Carlson

Bill, I am amazed. You are able to tell how the people in Cottonwood feel and think. You also know how Christian developed his opinion. You are the all knowing, and all seeing one

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Article comment by: Jim D

To I Bet, Actually gun violence in schools was first documented in the 1870's but as we know them today they started in the late 70's and early 1980's. I cannot remember when this school opened but it was well after the gun store opened and I am just guessing the school opened at this location within the last 10 years.

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Article comment by: Tired of Hypocrisy

Actually there is a simple common sense solution to this debate. Firearms have been, and always will be, an important part of our countries history. To keep and bear firearms is a Constitutional right. Why is nothing taught about them in school. Most schools already have police resource officers who could include in their duties teaching a firearms history and safety class. This class could be designed as a non biased fact based class to keep out the fear mongering from both sides of the political isle. This class should be mandatory for a high school diploma. Mr. Bock could decide for himself about guns without some adult, tv show, or newscast brainwashing him in to the absurd thinking the mere presence of a gun is evil.

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Article comment by: The Goatherder

The young man is to be congratulated no matter what his opinion is. Congratulated on a well thought out and written editorial piece.
Too bad some of the more opinionated here don't get that. Perhaps they should have paid better attention in class.

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Article comment by: I Bet

I bet that if something should happen at that school that the people from the gun store would have the school surrounded and protecting the school before the police arrived.

IF the parents put this child up to this they should feel guilty. IF they supported him then they should be praised.

I know that the school was there last but maybe they thought of that before they moved there. Knowing that they would be protected. Could also be that they were there longer than when the gun violence started in schools.

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Article comment by: Very Very sad Simply Wrong

It is very very sad that parents are now using Children in photo ops to further their agendas just like that guy in Washington does.

Plain and simple, the gun store was there first.
More important is the fact that it is with in 100 yards of 2 bars. I would be way more concerned about that fact. However They too were there before the School so what that leaves you Mr Bock and PARENTS!! You must now request to the owners of the CHARTER school and the town that the school be moved.
Sorry but facts are facts..........
Tell your Parents that it is actually a GREAT thing that those lawful armed staff and owners of that firearms retailer next door are there ready to react to criminals that may attempt to inflict criminal actions upon citizens and that they and you should go over and simply say THANK YOU for being law abiding firearms owners and carriers, would you say that that is just the right thing to do?
And to the parents of this young man, SHAME on you for putting your child out there like that with a picture of him to further YOUR personal agendas!!!!

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Article comment by: Ozzie Purch

I am appalled there is a school next to a post office. There is a history of people "going postal".

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Article comment by: Mike Emery

Why was the school built near the gun shop???

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