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Letter: Armed guards in schools could help prevent tragedy

Armed guards could protect schools

3:53 PM, Apr. 22, 2013  |  Comments
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EDITOR: A recent column by Jack Duffy railed against a proposal by the National Rifle Association that would place trained and armed professionals in our schools so as to possibly prevent future shootings.

Duffy dismissed the idea as a hare-brained idea. But he offered no ideas of his own to address the problem.

The liberals pushing for new gun control laws want our guns, our rifles, handguns and shotguns, as they feel we cannot be trusted. By taking away our guns and overlooking the Second Amendment, they feel everyone will be safer. They could not be more wrong.

The situation at Sandy Hook School would have been very different if the madman who wreaked such mayhem on those innocent children and adults had been confronted in the hallway by a trained and armed professional. It need not be a policeman; it could have been an armed citizen who had been trained to deal with such serious situations. We have many former policemen or military veterans who have had sufficient training and who would probably have volunteered to provide the service at no charge.

Duffy seeks to trivialize such matters with smug examples. Would the parents and loved ones of those innocent victims find his thoughts as amusing as he does?

Evil people will always seek to do harm. Although we may not be able to eliminate all future tragedies, we certainly can keep them to a minimum if we simply keep an open mind to solutions brought forward and not immediately dismiss or ridicule them because of our own misguided preconceptions and prejudices.

Dennis R. Smith,

Wausau

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