Subject: my son goes to Sandy Hook
Bart, you published:
"...and hearing the heroic stories the principal, lunging trying to protect -- I wish to God
she had had an M4 in her office locked up. So, when she heard gunfire she pulls it out
and she didn't have to lunge heroically with nothing in her hands, but she takes him out,
takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids."
-- Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX - where else?)
Bart - One problem with this is that, as has been widely reported, the principal was not in her office
when this guy came into the building. She was in a conference room down the hall.
So the next question becomes, should she be carrying an M4 on her shoulder at all times?
How safe is that? Is that really what I want my kid looking at every day?
That being armed, is the only way to have security?
If every school were to do this across the state or the country,
how many accidental shootings would we get to hear about each week?
Plus, it becomes a similarly flawed argument to the one that NRA nuts were making after 9/11,
about arming pilots. If the gun is already there, you are making it available to anyone who can
get it from the pilot (or the principal). They don't have to go through the trouble of finding a way
to obtain a weapon beforehand and then bring it there, it's already on the premises.
Someone could get sent to the Principal's Office, distract her and grab the gun.
And if the gun is safely locked away, how does that help when the bad guy crashes in?
If that mentally disturbed "home schooled" killer, did not live in a home with someone who had
6 firearms and hundreds of rounds, I think the chances of this tragedy occurring would have been far less.
Another good point.
Mom made sure her precious son was comfortable with shooting that assault rifle.
I want these high capacity and assault weapons outlawed. They have no purpose in our society.
Just my two cents...
Sean in Sandy Hook, CT
(my 3 and a half year old son is in a pre-school program at Sandy Hook Elementary School)
Dude, that must be creepy... I'm glad he's safe.
Seems to me there are a few things we could do:
Nobody needs an automatic weapon. If you're too lazy to pull the trigger, get a different hobby.
Nobody needs a weapon that can fire bullets thru a bullet-proof vest.
Nobody needs a clip that holds more than a dozen rounds.
Nobody needs more than a handful of guns - maybe 5 is a good number.
Bill Gates (and many others) could afford to build his own army.
He could hire 10,000 men and give them 10,000 AK-47s - why should that be legal?
2012 is the year when two states voted to make recreational pot legal.
2012 is the year when a majority said they had no problem with gay marriage.
2012 is the year when a majority said we should raise taxes on the super-rich.
Is 2012 the year when the NRA lost their invincibility?
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