December 31, 2012

Arming schools isn't the answer, regulation is

Kennebec Journal Staff

Responding to Maine Gun Owners Association's President Jeff Weinstein's (article, Dec. 21): "The best and only protection you have from the bad guy's gun is your own," is as tactical as suggesting the best way to protect yourself from drunken drivers is to drive drunk yourself. This thought won't resolve anything. Is Weinstein willing to pay all salaries, training, liabilities, consequences etc. that could go wrong?

Should our teachers, societies' biggest component of love and compassion for children, bring a weapon in schools? What about school socials, football, soccer or hockey games? If this is logical, shouldn't we also arm priests and ministers at their workplaces?

Wouldn't it be more rational to stop paying millions to lobbyists and politicians to advocate his gun ownership? He claims to be president of an association. I'm guessing he has members who pay dues. Would he be willing to stop collecting money that support his gun agendas which are enabling these killings? Is Weinstein willing to cease manipulating scientific and statistical facts? I agree with his assertion to evaluate mentally ill and potentially violent people. Are he and his members going to lead and be evaluated as well?

In response to his suggestion, here's one of mine. You have a car. When you drive your car out of your driveway into public domain, there are rules and regulations.

Any vehicle is considered lethal the same is true of guns. To take a gun out of your property into public domain, you also should have a license, insurance, yearly registration, inspection and a sticker.

Denis M. Rioux


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