Responsible gun owners should be able to carry concealed weapons at school

Thursday , March 08, 2018 - 6:00 AM5 comments

Kudos to the Ben Lomond High School students for their creativity in the three-minute sympathy demonstration for the Parkland, Florida, shooting victims (”Students at Ben Lomond High standing against gun violence in schools,” Feb. 26). A more mature action would be a voluntary after-school assembly with students giving three-minute biographies of the victims. This would satisfy students wanting to stay on learning tasks between 2:14 and 2:17 p.m. and taxpayers would not have to pay teachers for time off from teaching. The victims’ stories are more personal than three minutes of silence.

The Parkland tragedy happened because of failures at all levels of law enforcement — warnings to the FBI were ignored, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office received 45 calls about the shooter’s home in the last decade, and a school resource officer stood outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the attack. This much incompetence in business would get the perpetrators fired, if not charged with a crime.

The Independent Journal published a Rampage Shooting Index for 10 countries. Between 2009 and 2013, Norway recorded the highest rate of rampage shooting fatalities per million (15.3), followed by Finland (1.85), Slovakia (1.47), Israel (1.38), Switzerland (.75), and the United States (.72). Wikipedia quotes that Americans own nearly double the guns per capita as second-ranked Serbia. Clearly, U.S. gun owners are mainly highly responsible.

Any school employee qualified to do conceal carry should be able to take a gun on campus with the knowledge of the principal, who assigns work locations to spread the protection.

Vicki Martin


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