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How to prevent more school massacres

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From page A8 | December 24, 2012 |

The Connecticut school massacre has rightfully brought attention that corrective actions must be applied. Several subjects are normally associated with these incidents, but unfortunately the gun-control proponents focus exclusively on gun control. Before the reader jumps to conclusions, I suggest that relevant facts should be considered.

1. The only factor common to all massacres is that every murderer had mental problems. Identification and isolation of mental-risk cases should have the highest priority.

2. Security measures have been implemented in some schools and may reduce risk in some cases, but did not help in Connecticut even though the staff executed their trained procedures. More consideration may be applied in this area.

3. Gun control is the favorite target of certain groups and you will hear much about this method in the near future.

Various levels of gun control have been implemented in some large cities including New York and Chicago. In every case, the crime rate has either remained level or increased.

Australia outlawed and confiscated all firearms several years ago. The rate of certain crimes (e. g., burglary of homes) increased 40 percent for years following. Why should a strong young man fear burglarizing a home if the owner does not have a gun?

Other countries have had similar experience.

While hearing extensive coverage on the murders in Connecticut, I heard one news broadcast that a mentally unbalanced individual in China wounded 13 children in a school. Of course, guns were not available to his man so he used a knife. This was not extensively reported in the American news media.

Gun owner publications publish accounts of people preventing crime because of having a gun available. I have no statistics to quantify this, but from the frequency of accounts published I suspect more lives are accordingly saved in this county annually than are lost in the well-publicized killings. Murder sells newspapers, but crime avoidance or prevention is not newsworthy.

Japanese authorities during World War II feared invading the United States because of private ownership of guns.

Earl Heal

Vacaville

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  • The SugarJarDecember 24, 2012 - 7:38 am

    Item 1. More than one "only common factor". Try that they all had guns? All were white? male? I'm all for helping those who are mentally (or physically) ill. But this is a complex problem with fingers pointing in many directions. A fact, most mentally ill are not violent. Some are. Not all those who use a gun to kill are mentally ill. Some surely are.

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  • mike kirchubelDecember 24, 2012 - 9:16 am

    Oh, thats why the Japanese never invaded the U.S. I always thought it was because we were 6,000 miles away on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Well just maybe.....December 24, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    There might be some folks out there that actually know something you don't..but trying to convince a commicrat Liberal man like yourself that you may be factually wrong on a subject is like talking to a fence post. May I wish you a very Christian free HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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