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Betty Jo Fondren-Firestine

I believe that it could make a difference.Please sign!

Paul Daniel King
Paul Daniel King

My wife and I agree that this action would be the most effective one available. We are parents of three and grandparents of five. She is also a teacher in a public school. This would not only protect our children, it would provide much needed jobs. If the federal government is serious about protecting our children and helping the economy they will take this proposition seriously.

Rachel Ciprotti
Rachel Ciprotti

I don't understand who this petition is being sent to. "The school board of education" is not a body I am familiar with. In my state of Georgia, there is a county Board of Education and a state Board of Education. There is no national-level "Board of Education." Is this petition for a specific school district? City? State?

Without knowing the proper authorities to address, petitions like this make people feel as though they are "doing something," but in reality we are doing nothing at all. I think they are counter-productive.

Daniel Owens
Daniel Owens

Why Were So Many Children Lost?

Last Friday, a madman attacked more than 22 children at an elementary school in China. There were no reported fatalities.
A few hours later, a madman attacked an elementary school in Connecticut. 20 of those kids are dead.
The difference? The weapon. The madman in China had a knife. The madman in Connecticut, according to police, had a semi-automatic assault rifle, two semi-automatic handguns, and multiple 30-round magazines.*.
Look up the worst school...

Why Were So Many Children Lost?

Last Friday, a madman attacked more than 22 children at an elementary school in China. There were no reported fatalities.
A few hours later, a madman attacked an elementary school in Connecticut. 20 of those kids are dead.
The difference? The weapon. The madman in China had a knife. The madman in Connecticut, according to police, had a semi-automatic assault rifle, two semi-automatic handguns, and multiple 30-round magazines.*.
Look up the worst school massacres in history, and you’ll see the pattern. Madmen are everywhere. They strike without regard to gun laws, mental health care, or the national rate of churchgoing. They’ve slaughtered children in every country you’d think might have been spared: Scotland, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Finland, Japan. They’ve falsified every pet political theory about what kind of culture or medical system or firearms legislation prevents mass murder.
But one pattern holds true: The faster the weapon, the higher the body count. It’s not politics. It’s logistics. If you stick a knife in your first victim, it takes time to move on to your second. You might need two stabs or more to finish off the first victim. By then, the other kids have begun to flee. Soon, the cops will be here. How much time do you have? At some point, it’s time to off yourself.
Google “knife control” and you’ll find legions of gun-control skeptics comparing U.S. firearm attacks to Chinese knife attacks. In the past two years, there’s been an epidemic of knife attacks on Chinese schools. Some of them show up on Wikipedia’s list of school massacres. But none crack the top 10 because the body counts never rise above single digits. It’s just too hard to kill that many people, even little kids, with a knife.
Guns do more damage. Look down the list and you’ll see gun after gun after gun. But not all guns are equal. I’ve gone through the 25 worst massacres on the chart, and nearly every shooter had a semi-automatic weapon.

All these patterns converge on a common lesson: Speed kills. Madness pulls the trigger, but the rate of fire drives the body count.

I wish we could pass a magic law that would stop madmen from killing our children. We can’t. There will always be angry lunatics. There will always be knives and guns. I don’t think banning guns will make the problem go away. We don’t need another all-or-nothing war between pro-gun and anti-gun ideologues. What we need is a frank, precise, constructive conversation about the problem of high-speed weapons.

You don’t need rapid-fire semi automatic weapons with high-capacity magazines to hunt or defend your home. You don't need bullets designed for one purpose only- to inflict maximum damage by breaking up on impact to tear shatter bone and flesh. These weapons are designed for one purpose only - to shoot and kill allot very quickly!

And while it’s true that passing a law against them won’t eliminate them, that’s not an argument against legislation. It’s an argument for going beyond legislation. The community of gun sellers and enthusiasts must act collectively to track and control the technology of mass murder.

Every child who died in that school in Connecticut Friday was precious. To lose even one young life in such a senseless way is a gut-wrenching tragedy.

But this I know: It didn’t have to be 20.

Stamatis Kapetanakis
Stamatis Kapetanakis

SO IF A nation of gun and pill happy people are going to be liberal about gun laws.. might as well put security and metal detecters in all schools..

April Kelleher-Rogers
April Kelleher-Rogers

What has this country come to that we have to try and get ARMED Guards at our schools. Lets take a look on how we parent, lets take a look on how we treat each others. I don't think putting a armed guard at the school will resolve ANYTHING! This country is better than this! We are better than this! It takes a lot of hard work to be a parent, to raise a kid that has respect for themselves and respect for the person standing next to them. Most people want to pop children out and let them run...

What has this country come to that we have to try and get ARMED Guards at our schools. Lets take a look on how we parent, lets take a look on how we treat each others. I don't think putting a armed guard at the school will resolve ANYTHING! This country is better than this! We are better than this! It takes a lot of hard work to be a parent, to raise a kid that has respect for themselves and respect for the person standing next to them. Most people want to pop children out and let them run a muck. Lets start paying attention! There had to be warning signs with this young man. Everyone Ignored them and our children pay the price. I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't want to live in a country where I have to send my 6 YEAR old to a school that has armed guards. School is supposed to be safe place for our children. For me, this does not resolve ANYTHING! This does not make me feel better about sending my kids to school. Knowing that mom or that dad is out there not caring about what their kids are doing. Not caring if their kids are teasing or making fun of people. Not caring if their kids are showing signs of mental illness. That scares me! Start a petition about that.

Prince Bey
Prince Bey

WE MUST LEARN AND TEACH THE PRINCIPLES OF LOVE TRUTH PEACE FREEDOM AND JUSTICE..AND LEARN TO LOVE INSTEAD OF HATE.

Ron Kalan
Ron Kalan

Let teachers with ccw's carry if they want, give them extra training like airline pilots.

Derrick Howard
Derrick Howard

how stupid and thankless lazy ass ignorant of facts bunch of non deserving of freedom idiots have we become?

Derrick Howard
Derrick Howard

if you put your head in a Guillotine eventually it will be cut off!

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