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Letters: A gun for everyone

Posted: January 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.

There has been a steady discussion in the media since the recent massacre (in Newtown, Conn.). There have been many suggestions to prevent future tragedies and many explanations as to why these things occur.

Some make perfect sense and some make no sense at all.

“An armed guard in every school,” cried some. Good idea?

Not good enough. There would be no guarantee that the guard would be where the “crazy” might enter. A better idea: arm the teachers. Better, but still not good enough.

You know, a gun enthusiast recently explained America’s fascination with guns by simply saying, “Guns are fun!”

Well then, let’s get real. Nobody likes to have more fun than children. Let’s give every school kid a gun and have the teachers teach them how to use it. Every classroom should have a gun monitor whose responsibility would be to make sure every child was armed. If a child forgot his gun at home, he would be given one just for the day.

“Guns for Kids” could be a great motto and it could become the norms throughout the country. Some might suggest that the cost of the guns might be too great for some families, but don’t forget that the National Rifle Association is anxious to help, so we could probably count on them for a few dollars.

In addition to the guns, how about a secret weapon in every classroom that any child could set in motion? Perhaps something like the swinging paint can in the movie “Home Alone” might do the trick.

Okay, so we solved the school problem, but what about movie theaters? Here’s an idea: when you enter the theater, you give your ticket to the ticket taker and the ticket taker gives you a loaded gun, safety on, of course. As you leave the theater, you deposit the gun in a large container marked “Gun Drop-Off.” Problem solved.

But, you may ask, “What about other places where large numbers of people gather?” Come on now. I’m just one person.

It’s difficult, but I’m working on it. I’m gonna call the NRA to see if they have any ideas.


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