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Guarding the children

Published: December 21, 2012

Being retired I was at home watching TV throughout the morning of the Newtown school shootings. I was struck by the number of law enforcement personnel quickly on-site, each armed with at least a couple of weapons and wearing body armor. They seemed to arrive at the scene shortly after the shooting. If only one of the perhaps 100 police officers had been at the front door instead of doing whatever it was they were doing at the time, the tragedy would not have occurred.

The news reports went on and on about how there was so little crime in the area, but there seemed to be plenty of law enforcement available for spending a few hours at an elementary school. It would have taken only one officer, even a retired one, standing at a front door for a few hours a day to prevent many of these tragedies. The cowardly killers just move on in the face of any real opposition. As a society we spend millions to guard our money but little in comparison to guard our children. Would the anti-gun people keep their money in banks with no armed guards, only defenseless tellers to protect their money?

Paul Engel, Edmond


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