Keep ’em guessing
I am a member of both the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners of America. The GOA has proposed a solution to school shootings that is sure to work, has minimum cost and does not deny anyone’s Second Amendment rights.
As is usually the case, it requires that we repeal a very bad law: the Gun- Free School Zones Act of 1990.
That repeal would permit the entire adult staff of a school to carry concealed weapons. Not everyone needs to do so every day. Even a third of them would be able to handle any problem, so long as we do not advertise to students who is armed and who is not. Once this is in place, no shooter would even try to do anything.
You have to explain why you have not pointed out that so many shootings take place in gun-free zones.
Learn to cope
Having gone through the Hyatt skywalks collapse almost 37 years ago, I can say without any doubt it will take years to get through the recent Florida school shooting.
I worked as a cashier in the Gazebo, which overlooked the lobby. I was on my dinner break and had just walked off the second-floor skywalk back to the restaurant. I walked to the edge so I could see the tea dance below.
I saw it all from the beginning. I saw bodies caught halfway in, halfway out. I saw all sorts of things that to this day are embedded in my mind.
About two weeks later, I was shopping at Crown Center and overheard someone talking about the tragedy. I got so emotional I abruptly left, only to realize I had no idea where I had parked my car.
It’s not just the victims’ families. It’s anyone who was in the area, and maybe the town as a whole, who will be traumatized for months and years.
Please, those of you with young children, do not let them continually see this on TV. It could make them fearful of going to school and elsewhere.
In the 20th century, more than 260 million people were murdered by their own governments, according to political scientist Rudolph Rummel. Some estimates are much higher. By any measure, governments have been bigger killers of citizens than any other entity.
If you rely on other people to protect you, then you must realize that your life is in the hands of people who are somewhere other than where you are standing. Trusting others to come to your rescue is asking all humans in that chain of action to be unfailingly vigilant and flawless in their duty. The FBI and other agencies failed in the Florida school massacre.
If your dream is a country without guns, you must realize that there are almost as many guns as people in the U.S. It would require a police state even to attempt to collect them all — let alone deal with borders, smuggling and armed illegal immigration. If successful, we would be just another nation of victims who ceded their freedoms for the siren call of government guardianship.
The responsibility of any legitimate government is never to take away the right of citizens to defend themselves.
Jerry P. Murray
My own list
A Sunday letter listed failures of liberalism “over the last 6,000 years.” (16A) Thank you for the opportunity to highlight a few of its successes:
1. The 40-hour work week, weekends and vacations
2. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
3. Public schools and universities
4. Civil and voting rights
5. National parks and forests
6. Interstate highways
7. The G.I. Bill
8. Child labor laws
9. The internet
10. The Food and Drug Administration
11. The National Weather Service
12. Rural electrification
14. Federal Deposit Insurance
15. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
16. The Consumer Product Safety Commission
17. Public broadcasting
18. The Americans with Disabilities Act
19. Public libraries
20. The Emancipation Proclamation
And for good measure, add the liberal ideas of our Declaration of Independence and the formation of the United States of America, among many more.
Too many of us seem to have forgotten the blood, sweat and tears it took to create a country the world looked up to. It’s important to know what you are talking about before you disparage decades of human progress made by people who held views contrary to your own.
This is why I believe we will eventually add common-sense gun laws to the list. And that will be a success not only for liberals, but for all Americans.
Thank you for printing contact information for Missouri and Kansas members of Congress on Friday’s editorial page. (10A)
That was very helpful, and certainly encourages us to contact them.