The shooting in Connecticut is a horrible incident that may well have been mitigated in terms of loss of life. In the early '70s, Israel was faced with much greater problems of armed terrorist attacks on schools. The cry for more gun control was heard then too, but Israel carefully analyzed all options before adopting the proactive position of arming and training their teachers. School shootings stopped and terrorists looked for easier targets. Gun control never has and never will stop criminals and madmen from carrying out acts of gun violence.
It is time for our nation's leaders to find the intestinal fortitude to make the right decision to protect our children, not more of the wrong decisions that create the opportunity for the next lunatic to murder at will with zero resistance!
In our country, every time a misguided individual on psychiatric drugs goes on a killing spree, anti-self-defense legislators watch the polls and exploit the dead victims in order to fool the public into accepting more gun control. It is time our country finds some resolve and the will to tackle the real problem, which is rooting out the actual influences in the lives of people that predispose them to commit atrocities. The problem is not guns. Guns don't cause these incidents to occur any more than cameras cause child pornography or automobiles cause traffic fatalities.
Israel had the right answer. Society is safer when we train and arm our law-abiding citizens.
RICKS L. FALK