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.