I have read that guns used by criminals are usually stolen ones, so one could conclude that no amount of new gun control laws will prevent the criminal or mentally unstable from getting guns with which to commit crimes.
Death is part of life. We never know how, when or where it will strike any one of us, including our children. Being a father I do not want anyone to think I do not want to protect our children in the best way we can from these gun incidents. However, we all need to get over this mentality that we can protect everyone from everything that can happen to us in our daily life.
For example, in the last two years, locally, two children with their mothers have been hit by cars and killed while crossing the street in crosswalks. The city and school authorities had every thing in place for safely crossing the street but the sad event still occurred. Those two mothers, having witnessed the violent death of their children, are probably suffering more than any of us can imagine. Our best precautions are still imperfect.
It is my opinion that we should keep the schools pretty much as they are. Sure, we can improve safety, but improvements should be as invisible as is possible to the students, especially in the grade schools.
Give our children their childhood happy days at school. Do not have them go to school in fear every day. Pray for their safety!
William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident and frequent contributor to Viewpoints.