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A question for Michael Reagan: Where is the money going to come from?

Posted: February 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.

I just read Michael Reagan’s Jan. 18 column, "Obama ignores the rational answer," wherein he calls for armed guards in every school. It is his second column in recent time advocating the same solution. I question his approach.

If we put an armed guard at every school "entrance," what happens if the shooter comes in through an "exit"?

Okay, that’s a silly joke, but perhaps not as silly as Reagan’s proposal. Let’s take a close look at it:

Most schools have many entrances and exits. How many guards would be enough? Should there be one or two on the playground? Who would pay for these people?

As it stands right now, most schools districts are hard pressed just to pay their teachers!

Reagan points out that the president’s kids and the kids of celebrities attend a school that has 11 guards and Michael suggests, or at least hints, that the president doesn’t care enough about our kids.

That’s a cheap shot.

By the way, the tuition at that school is $32,000 a year. Guards at every public school is, at best, an idealistic dream!

I sometimes wonder if the world is watching us. I hope not. We have always proclaimed to be a peace-loving country, but our debate over gun control must be raising some doubts.

Are the people of the world wondering why so many peace-loving Americans love their weapons? Do they fully understand the National Rifle Association’s place in this debate?

Do they wonder why the president is under constant attack and ridicule for his position?

Do they know that it is our commitment to free speech that allows anyone to voice opposition?

Do they understand Rush Limbaugh?

If they are watching, and I’m certain they are, perhaps the people of the world might question our having so many troops in so many places around the world to "keep the peace" while at home so many Americans are anxious to have more guns.

But let’s get back to Michael Reagan for a moment. He calls those who don’t agree with him "anti-gun nuts."

Shame on him for name calling, but let’s say we go with his plan.

How are we going to support it?

Where is the money going to come from... where, where, where?

I’d like to state that I have always been patriotic. I served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and I was glad to do so.

I have always been extremely proud to be an American.

However, as I witness the gun debate and see so many members of our Congress follow the gun lobby, I am a little less proud and very much saddened.



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