IMHO, as we used to say in the old days of computer bulletin boards …
To my fellow citizens of the USA, here are some options we have to choose among.
- Prioritize mental health services higher and make programs designed to prevent and treat mental illness available in all communities.
- Put a police officer in front of every school in the USA between 1 hour before opening to 1 hour after closing. Lock schools to permit access only by the police officer and install locks on all other doors as well as windows with street access.
- Implement an effective gun control system in the USA permitting guns to be used by only a tiny percentage of the population in dangerous occupations. This includes limiting the use of guns for hunting.
- 1 and 3.
- All of the above.
- Do nothing but watch TV and whine about “them.” The consequence of this choice is watching our children and fellow citizens slaughtered.
This is a choice all Americans need to make using moral values, love for our citizens and especially our children, and commonsense.
I prefer to proceed by implementing effective gun control and effective mental health services. If this does not prove to be sufficient to achieve the goal of removing random shootings of our citizens, we will also need to add armed police stationed at every school and place of worship in the United States.
Don’t let Rush Limbaugh and Fox News decide this issue for you.