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by Ruth Riddle:

The current debate following the murders at a high school in Parkland, FL, centers on gun control. Guns are the proverbial red herring. Controlling guns will not stop violence at schools.

It behooves everyone to review the history of school violence. It is chilling.

• 2018, 14 February – Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school shootings – (17 dead)
• 2017, November 14 – Rancho Tehama Reserve shootings – (6 dead)
• 2015, 1 October – Umpqua Community College shooting – (10 dead)
• 2014, October 24- Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting – (5 dead)
• 2013, June 7 – 2013 Santa Monica shooting – (6 dead)
• 2012, December 14- Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings – (28 deaths)
• 2012, 2 April – Oikos University shooting – (7 deaths)
• 2008, February 14 – Northern Illinois University shooting – (6 deaths)
• 2007, 6 April – Virginia Tech massacre – (33 deaths)
• 2006, October 2 – West Nickel Mines School shooting – (6 deaths)
• 2005, 21 March – Red Lake shootings – (10 deaths)
• 1999, 20 April – Columbine High School massacre – (15 deaths)
• 1998, May 21 – Thurston High School shooting – (4 deaths)
• 1998, March 24 – Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden – (5 deaths)
• 1991, 1 November – University of Iowa shooting – (6 deaths)
• 1989, 17 January – Stockton schoolyard shooting – (6 deaths)
• 1976, 12 July – California State University, Fullerton massacre – (7 deaths)
• 1970, 4 May – Kent State shootings (4 deaths)
• 1966, 12 November – Mesa, Arizona – (5 deaths)
• 1966, 1 August – University of Texas tower shooting – (17 deaths)
• 1940, May 6 – Pasadena – (5 deaths)
• 1898, December 13 – Charleston – (6 deaths)
• 1893, March 26 – Plain Dealing high school – (4 deaths)
• 1764, July 26 – Enoch Brown (10 deaths)

There are laws to punish violent people, but they are after-the-fact laws. Violent people who are arrested, tried and convicted go to prison. Violent people, after they commit violent crimes, are kept away from society and locked inside violent institutions. Laws do not prevent violence. Laws are designed to punish the criminals.

Violence cannot be eradicated, but the good guys can protect us from the bad guys. The struggle is good versus evil. The fight against evil is itself violent. Consider just a few examples: The evil of slavery was eradicated in the United States by the violent Civil War. The evil of Nazism was ended by the violent WWII. The evil of radical Islam is being violently defeated right now.
Evil is the problem; vigilance is the solution. Schools must implement measures to combat future violence. Some practical solutions to harden these soft targets:

1. Place armed guards on site at schools.
2. Allow willing and trained teachers and staff to carry concealed guns.
3. Build security walls around school yards.
4. Install screening equipment at controlled school entrances.

The best measures are proactive. Instead of creating a measure in reaction to an isolated event (e.g., making airline passengers remove shoes after the shoe bomber), anticipate events. Anticipate violence.

As Wayne LaPierre of the NRA said at CPAC on February 22, 2018, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good [brave] guy with a gun.”  We protect many places and people with guns: banks, jewelry stores, courtrooms, celebrities, politicians, etc.  Why not the schools and the children?!

Aaron Feis, football coach, is a brave man without a gun.


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