You can shut down every gun store in the United States and it would not stop the criminals from having guns. They do not buy guns; they steal them from citizens who have legally purchased them. Also, criminals do not register their guns.
Former Modesto Judge William Zeff often said the only thing that prevents a criminal from committing murder is the death penalty — if it's done quickly and not delayed 10 years. This is what must be done when someone is caught committing a crime with a gun.
This was a terrible tragedy in Newtown, Conn.; however, one temporary solution would be to even the odds and arm the teachers and staff with their own guns or at least some of them. I know some teachers that are dead shots. One shot would have stopped this idiot. Also, a shooter would think twice knowing teachers and staff were armed.
In New York City, an armed plainclothes policeman is in most schools; however, he would be well known and the first one shot.
Too, should this country ever be invaded by an enemy, the guns held by our citizens would be a tremendous detriment to the invaders.
THEODORE M. COOK