Know the words
“No words,” read The Star’s front-page headline Thursday on the story of 17 students slain in Florida.
No words are necessary because we already know the words: Now is not the time to talk about gun control.
Who are they?
Who are these people, you ask, who go into schools and kill our children? Are they immigrants? Muslims? Terrorists?
Yes, they are terrorists — white American kids, for the most part. Terrorists of the worst kind.
These are the kids who, until recently, would wait after school to beat up another kid. The kids who took a knife to school and threatened a teacher. The kids who threatened to burn down the school. Angry kids.
But now those kids have guns. Powerful guns that can kill 17 children in the blink of an eye. Guns that have no place in a civilized world.
There is only one response that will stop the killing.
Prayers don’t do it. Good thoughts don’t do it. There have been enough of those that if they worked the killing would have stopped.
Get rid of the guns.
A security model
I am a substitute paraprofessional for the Shawnee Mission School District. I have visited a number of elementary, middle and high schools in this district. For me to gain entrance into a school, the following procedures take place:
▪ First, the office manager reviews who I am and buzzes me in a locked door.
▪ Second, the office manager again views me and buzzes me through a second door.
▪ Third, the office manager asks what my business is — am I a teacher, a parent or something else? He or she then requires me to sign in with time, date and business. If the office manager believes there is no danger, I am then buzzed in another door to allow me entrance to the school.
There seem to be a police officer and security guard with weapons at each school. I assume that other school districts in the Kansas City area have this same policy.
In my opinion, some of the school districts elsewhere in the nation that are being challenged by shootings are balancing their budgets on the students.
Thank you, Shawnee Mission School District. I think some of these states need to study our area school security policies.
Get it right
Not again in Florida. Only unspeakable silence can face unspeakable tragedy.
But silence from Congress becomes a sin of omission. Loud advocacy hurts common sense and turns unhealthy in a cultural war.
Junk values hurt our society with easy availability of guns slaughtering too many victims.
Let’s stop falling on the wrong side of history.
Too much baggage
In one of his first official acts as Kansas’ governor, Jeff Colyer made a poor and questionable choice for a governing partner. Tracey Mann may be a wonderful businessman, husband and father, but Kansans do not need leaders who have even a hint of racism attached to them.
In his 2010 primary run for the state’s 1st Congressional District, Mann suggested that then-President Barack Obama should publicly produce his birth certificate to prove he was born in Hawaii. (Feb. 14, 2A, “Colyer picks lieutenant governor, running mate”)
That suggestion basically tied him to the “birther” crowd that had rejected all evidence, including Hawaii’s confirmation, that our newly elected, mixed-race president was born in the United States.
During those years, many of us came to understand that birthers were either avowed racists or individuals with a form of latent racism. There are many others who do not share my opinion, but why would a new governor invite this type of controversy and suspicion to his new administration?