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Appalled

January 5, 2013

As a former superintendent of schools, I was appalled to read in a recent edition of the Sun-Gazette the remarks of Wayne LaPierre, chief lobbyist of the National Rifle Association, proposing that......

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ladydawg4

Jan-05-13 3:10 AM

I don't believe having armed guards on school grounds is the answer but I do know that some schools need to be stricter with who they let in to the schools. Almost all schools have locked doors and you have to ring a buzzer but as soon as you tell them you are a parent there to pick up a child they buzz you in. Thats all fine and dandy but you can't tell me they know every parent to every child within the school. Nobody except identified staff/students should be allowed to enter the building during school hours. But unfortunately, unless we start putting bullet proof glass, bars on the doors and windows, and calling it a prison, the maniacs will find a way in to the schools.

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Tedeaux

Jan-05-13 3:45 AM

I'm appalled that a former superintendent of schools doesn't display more sense than to criticize someone who offers a viable solution, all be it a temporary solution anyway. Seems that you are part of the rabid leftwing liberal cheerleading squad that trumpets the party line and this week it happens to be anti-gun! No wonder this country is in the shape thats in! What Wayne Lapierre suggested makes perfect sense if you give him the benefit of doubt for just a second. What did the US Government do immediately after the September 11 attacks? They put thousands of armed American military personnel in airports with full automatic weapons to deter any further attacks by terrorist against the American people using airplanes as a weapon on mass destruction. What do you do with your most precious possessions Mr Knade? As a free thinking American, I use everything at my disposal to protect it and standing by with a legally obtained semi automatic assault rifle happens to be one of those optio

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Tedeaux

Jan-05-13 3:57 AM

America has hundreds of thousand trained military personnel that are returning to civilian life each year. Giving these men and women the option of working as armed security in our schools could be a win win situation. No more school shootings and less unemployment, not to mention it could also deter other illegal activity on our school grounds.

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mikekerstetter

Jan-05-13 5:55 AM

If you noticed Oscar didn't give us an option that he thinks will work.

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MrShaman

Jan-05-13 6:30 AM

"I'm appalled that a former superintendent of schools doesn't display more sense than to criticize someone who offers a viable solution, all be it a temporary solution anyway. Seems that you are part of the rabid leftwing liberal cheerleading squad that trumpets the party line and this week it happens to be anti-gun!" - Tedeaux

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...And, you're (obviously) one o' those White-wingers who can be depended-upon to find SHORT-TERM (i.e. temporary) "solutions" to all our problems...like those Bu$h tax-cuts.

Face the facts. Priority 1, for LaPierre, are the m***ive lobbyi$t-buck$ he receives (from the weapons-industry)...to $u$idize his $1.25M NRA-salary.

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spike2

Jan-05-13 7:46 AM

Thank you Mr. Knade.

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CMReeder

Jan-05-13 8:09 AM

"If you noticed Oscar didn't give us an option that he thinks will work."

That is because people like you say no to all other options. You believe Herr La Pierre.

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CMReeder

Jan-05-13 8:27 AM

Actually Herr La Pierre offered to supply NRA trained guards to schools not police officers.

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Tedeaux

Jan-05-13 9:18 AM

Chuck, why don't you just admit it, you are the local head cheerleader for the Democrat party! Do they issue you pink pom poms?

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righttobarearms

Jan-05-13 9:33 AM

Here in South Carolina our high school has a "resource officer" who is an armed on duty police officer that patrols our school campus, guess what....no problems...it is known publicly that there is an armed officer on duty at all times that school is in session or there is an after hours school function going on...it works here!

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CHayes

Jan-05-13 9:50 AM

" He justified his proposal by saying, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.""

Spoken like a true lobbyist for the gun manufacturing industry huh? The only thing that could possibly solve a gun problem, is more guns.

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gavinf56

Jan-05-13 10:01 AM

...and there are thousands of other schools that have NO "resource officer" who is an armed on duty police officer that patrols their school campus, and guess what. No problems.

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nobud74

Jan-05-13 10:26 AM

Unfortunately what everyone including the LTE writer is missing is that these shootings happen in gun free zones (there aren't supposed to be guns there, so this isn't supposed to happen--guess that isn't working), these shootings involve much planning and dedication to carrying out the event (armed guards will probably slow down the carnage and possible eliminate the threat before damage is done, but since there is much planning involved, that will likely be taken into consideration), and these shootings usually involve disturbed individuals who are not getting or staying with the help they need. There are no easy answers and no short ones. However, abridging the rights of the law abiding will not aid in the prevention of this type of shooting or other gun violence.

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JohnZook

Jan-05-13 11:01 AM

Tell me Leftys, how do you prevent criminals and wackos from obtaining guns on the street? ....a bad guy with an illegal or unregistered gun? Your solutions to solve this emotional problem, (what about the kids and gang-bangers who died in Chicago and D.C. last year)is exactly what Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro, and Chavez used to CONTROL their populations. This country was founded on the principle of a free people governed by a small, unobtrusive government. We seem to be getting back to a version of what the early Patriots fled from and died to be free of.

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LaughIn

Jan-05-13 11:07 AM

Nobud74, there probably shouldn't be any designated areas listed as 'gun free' because they become easy targets for anyone, not just the mentally ill.

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CMReeder

Jan-05-13 11:19 AM

"Do they issue you pink pom poms?"

Pink is for your side we have blue and these really cute uniforms.

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CMReeder

Jan-05-13 11:24 AM

How free are you with a bunch of people carrying guns good and bad?

Label an area a gun free zone and people are going to show up with guns. Maybe should label areas gun zones and that way no guns will show up.

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nobud74

Jan-05-13 11:24 AM

Charles, I'm starting to worry about you.

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CMReeder

Jan-05-13 11:25 AM

"...and there are thousands of other schools that have NO "resource officer" who is an armed on duty police officer that patrols their school campus, and guess what. No problems"

A statement I can agree with.

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LaughIn

Jan-05-13 11:45 AM

Think about this answer, what areas can truly be called 'gun free zones'? Isn't their always a guard with a gun in the tower,at the door or hidden on a person wearing black in our Federal zones? This has nothing to do with guns.

So, Mikekerstetter, what is your been there done that option? I am sure Dr. Knade can wait 40+ years for your response.

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JohnZook

Jan-05-13 12:02 PM

That was sooo good, I'm using it as a LTE. Stay tuned for more impeccable logic and patriotism from jonny-z. C'mon guys and ladies, lighten up, the end is near.......

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JohnZook

Jan-05-13 12:06 PM

Reeder- "How free are you...?" An excellent analysis!!! I am truly impressed!!!

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CMReeder

Jan-05-13 2:15 PM

Adding more guns legally and/or illegally only terrorizes the innocent. Are we becoming a Latin American country?

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enigma

Jan-05-13 2:33 PM

So Oscar's solution is to keep our schools as "free fire zones"? If guns are banned they will still be available on the black market. It will work just as well as banning drugs. One big difference. Guns in the hands of most of us hurt nobody while helping to protect the innocent. Oscar wants to make the world an even more dangerous place to live by disarming those who would stand between evil and the rest of us. Only someone who knows nothing about guns thinks that they are bad. A gun is a tool just like a hammer, but more people are murdered in this country with hammers than with guns. Should we ban all tools then?

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enigma

Jan-05-13 2:43 PM

CHayes,"The only thing that could possibly solve a gun problem, is more guns."

I know you don't believe this but it is true. People who attack schools are cowards. They attack the weak, knowing that there is no one there to protect them. Put armed resistance in the way and they will not even attempt it. The more gun you put in the school the less likely it is that it will be attacked. This is a concept so simple I would think that even you would get it. But you just go ahead and keep thinking that you can eliminate guns, but remember, We didn't win our freedom without guns and we won't keep it without them.

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