Slaughter of 20 children and six teachers has prompted congressional proposals for gun bans, but no suggestions from President Barack Obama. He might propose restrictions on violent video games, movies and toys, for a start.
When National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre recommended adding a security officer in every school, his words were mostly met with protests and disdain. But he was correct in saying, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Virtually all schools are now gun-free zones.
That sounds fine, but it only attracts psychos looking for soft targets. The killing of our soldiers in Fort Hood, Texas, was incredibly in a gun-free zone. Their alleged killer, Maj. Nidal Hasan, was well aware that his 42 dead or wounded victims were unarmed. Soldiers who cannot carry a weapon on their base is a cruel joke. That could be changed by executive order.
Better identification and treatment of mental problems is a more difficult problem, and the president should suggest added research, at the very least.
An alternative and less costly way of providing security for schools would be to allow teachers, with proper training and background checks, to carry a concealed weapon. Many teachers would be willing to be armed. Each state could define and pass such laws.