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Do the simple and sensible things first
Article published on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013
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Editor:
How about doing the simple and sensible things first like putting security guards and not crosswalk guards in our schools? If metal detectors work at airports, why wouldn’t they work at our schools? Why not have security guards at the front and rear doors of schools? Why don’t we have security cameras at all schools and in the playgrounds as well? Why aren’t classroom doors secured during classes? Isn’t that what all that money from state lotteries is for?

Maybe we should take a look at our maximum-security prisons for examples on how to keep a large facility safe and secure. Sure, we could push for more gun controls but let’s do the simple and sensible things first! What if these psychos had been terrorists? Would gun controls have prevented any of it? Parental responsibility is also key to having guns at home and should perhaps be scrutinized and enforced. Anyone who owns a gun should bear responsibility for owning these guns and be accountable for their use or misuse.

Perhaps no 25- or 30-year-old should ever be able to purchase an automatic or semiautomatic weapon but, if they are old enough to fight for our country, wouldn’t they be old enough to also purchase these weapons? Maybe we should focus more on someone’s mental health and issue gun permits to only those who are sane and responsible adults. Gun shows also should have to follow the same rules and regulations as retail gun stores. Ultimately, sales of assault and high capacity magazine semiautomatic weapons should be regulated.

Michael Maribona
Clearwater
Article published on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013
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