There has been a lot media coverage of the school shooting in Connecticut, and maybe that is the problem. Before television, if there were school shootings, we never heard about it. If there was something in the papers, it would be days later. Each shooting seems to be worse than the one before. Copycats trying to outdo the other. Maybe, if there was not so much coverage, these crazies might stay at home.
Making a school absolutely safe is almost impossible. Are we to surround the school with razor wire and have guard towers to keep everyone out? That might work.
A determined individual armed with even a single shot rifle or a revolver can still do a lot of killing before the police get there. Remember, the school is a gun-free zone.
If the teacher that first confronted the killer in Connecticut had been armed and came at him shooting, perhaps she could have stopped him. Remember, the officer here in Beeville said that the police can be at the school in three minutes. That is after the police have been called. How many shots can be fired before someone calls, and then they have three minutes more. Maybe our teachers should have police training and be allowed to carry a gun.
Edwin Wallek, Jr.