In response to "Shooter not in 'a well regulated militia' " (Feb. 21, Letters): Had any of the students or staff had a firearm, that tragic event could have, if not been prevented, at least reduced the loss of life. In various cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the individual right to keep and bear arms.
On Dec. 5, a young man walked into a mall in Omaha and killed eight people. There were no armed citizens to stop this because they were law-abiding and it was against the law to carry a gun in the mall. On Dec. 9, another shooter killed two people at an Arvada, Colo., youth center and moved on to a church in Colorado Springs, Colo., 13 hours later, killing two more. As the shooter was moving into the church, he was confronted by Jeanne Assam, a church volunteer who held a concealed firearm permit. She fired several well-placed shots, stopping him from continuing his killing.
Police cannot be Johnny on the spot when these incidents occur. If more people obtained concealed firearm permits, many tragic events could be avoided and fewer people would be victims of violent crime.