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Restricting guns won't prevent more tragedies

I believe everybody will agree that the massacre at the elementary school in Connecticut was a sin and tragedy that we will never forget. But why are we surprised? Our culture allows elementary-age children to play videos that condone and glorify violence.

A comment made on TV stated that the Second Amendment is responsible because it should only pertain to black powder guns and we should disarm all Americans with modern guns who want to protect themselves. Maybe the First Amendment – freedom of speech – should not be allowed on the Internet?

So, how do we prevent a massacre that happened in Connecticut? We can no more prevent a mentally deranged person from attempting this act than we can prevent him from becoming mentally deranged. Should we put everybody in jail who acts weird?

Remember, these news-glorified situations are caused by one person out of millions. The biased news media does not tell you about the 1.5 million situations where a gun owner protected himself or herself from bodily harm because he or she was armed.

Can we lock the glass doors on a school or have an armed security guard to protect the kids? As a veteran, I know the element of surprise would easily neutralize this threat. Should each public building hire about a dozen armed guards?

On the other hand, what would have happened if each member of the school staff, including the janitors, had a concealed carry permit and knew how to use a gun?

I don't believe the killer would have gotten as far as he did. Instead of sympathizing with the killer and saying he was a poor misguided youth for whome we are all we are all responsible, we should label him as a sick individual.

Now we have an anti-gun president that has the opportunity to push anti-gun legislation and keep the promises he made to the Brady gang.

Our prayers will be with the families involved as well as for the future of our country that has been going downhill for many years. We keep our Bibles closed and follow the Hollywood culture.

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John Skirchak Wapwallopen

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