Letter to the editor: Good gun users must deter those who would abuse them
Unarmed, slaughtered children and adults are dead (and in other such school, church, mall, and theater shootings of the past) because of present-day U.S. firearms laws and the 2nd Amendment.
Criminals violate laws; gun criminals violate whatever the gun laws may be — strict laws, lax laws, illogical laws.
Therefore, gun laws apply effectively only to the law-abiding civilians, police, and military.
False choices menu:
A — Confiscate all guns from the civilians, leaving guns in the hands only of the criminals, the police, and military.
B — Outlaw semi-auto weapons for the civilians leaving semi-auto guns in the hands only of the criminals, the police, and military.
C — Outlaw for civilians all weapons’ magazines holding more than five rounds of ammunition leaving 10-round+ magazines only in the hands of criminals, the police, and military.
I could go on. But I won’t.
Station uniformed, armed police (with marked police cars in evidence) at every school, meaning fewer police-car roving patrols. Or arm and train rigorously school employees (making them to be reserve deputy sheriffs — with identifying police apparel) who perform this security duty as a second responsibility.
No elementary, middle, or high school campus with armed police officers assigned has been attacked.
Ultimately, good gun users must deter or intervene against bad gun users. Ask a soldier or a police officer — or a civilian who has defended self or others.