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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 4:00 am

Entrenched Fantasy

May our hearts and minds be with the victims in Connecticut, and with the victims of gun violence since, and before then.

But also spare a thought for the NRA and some of its members who on the 21st made themselves irrelevant to any meaningful debate on gun laws.

I know responsible gun owners exist. I’m calling on you to keep the NRA in check, drag them into the 21st century. Will we turn schools into militia hub? What other soft targets should we militarize? How many “good guys” should there be? (evidence suggests armed security is little deterrent)

Americans value the 2nd amendment and cite not only the perfectly sane right to self defense, but some also the fantastical notion of “2nd amendment remedies.” 

One requires a pistol, the other apparently requires at least an M4 or AR15. This combat rifle will help you overthrow tyranny.

Newsflash: Too late. Executive branch(es), and Government of late, whom now ironically are called upon to expand their power and presence in our lives through armed guards everywhere, are exercising tyranny daily.

Don’t fall into the delusion that tyranny over “others” in the defense of your “safety” is not the same kind of tyranny that will make an example of you in the face of meaningful revolution.

Further irony, is the cheering of a war machine which would utterly obliterate a revolution on its home soil, a national security state which quite effectively quashes dissent and a sizable propaganda press that keeps the incurious in the dark.

David Hymers,

Marana

Lessons learned at Sandy Hook

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary illustrates the truth in the old adage, ”When seconds count, the police will be minutes away.” Responding to frantic 911 calls, units raced to the school, arriving in approximately twenty minutes. Sadly, a lot of horrible things had happened to twenty innocent children and six helpless adults as each minute slowly ticked by. In retrospect, the Connecticut school massacre should be a wake-up call to parents and school districts across America: any school, anywhere, anytime, can be targeted by a deranged would-be shooter, and during those critical minutes before first responders arrive, each school faces an unimaginable horror alone. Of course, staff and students must practice ewmergency procedures, and the building must be designed with locked entrances, monitored surveillance cameras, and bullet-resistant glass. (The Sandy Hook shooter gained entrance by shooting out the glass.) However, as important as these measures are, the innocent victims who perished at Sandy Hook were doomed because they lacked the one absolutely essential security component – an armed school resource officer. Had he/she been there to confront the shooter, precious lives might well have been spared. Granted, implementing these steps – especially adding an armed staff member to every school – would be expensive. Yet we give millions of dollars annually to greedy nations who detest us. It’s way past time we spend our money wisely and protect those who love us – our greatest resource, our children.

John Weismiller,

Tucson

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