The Feb. 8 Viewpoint by Donna McAleer, "Are we safer today," lacks some facts. First the weapon carried by the author while in the service was a fully automatic weapon which would be considered an assault weapon. The author failed to point out that this weapon is controlled under the 1934 National Firearms act and requires a full government investigation that takes three to nines months and requires a transfer tax to be paid. Second the 1968 Gun Control act states that fully automatic guns manufactured after a specified date cannot be sold except to police and the government, so the gun she carried is already not permitted for the general public. The AR15 may look similar, but it's not. Everyone keeps indicating the shooter used it in the school shooting back east. This is not the case, he used two pistols with extra magazines as I understand the police report.
Yes, we have problems and we need to address them, but we're looking in the wrong direction.
When I was a young boy in high school, a young man would come to school from a farm with a rifle in the back window of a pickup. He'd leave the window down, knowing when he came back the rifle would still be there. Today the rifle would be stolen before he got in the building, and maybe the truck shortly after if he left his keys in it.
The real problem is in the home and the accountability we are teaching our children. If a child has trouble in school, it's the teachers fault. I have teachers tell me they are so tired of parents blaming them, that when a parent comes and starts an argument about a grade, they just give the grade the parents think their child should have. Parents are not doing their jobs and want to blame everyone else. Turn off the TV and help the children with their homework, teach them responsibility and help them earn those good grades. Maybe we can get back on track.
Sidney D. Jensen