Arapahoe High School Shooting

Arapahoe High School Shooting

When will there be enough school shootings and student deaths?

It is now over the one-year anniversary of the massacre at Newtown, Conn.’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty children, six staff members, shooter Adam Lanza and his mother all died that day.

According to the New York Times (roughly) 1,500 state gun bills have been introduced in the year since the Newtown massacre and, of those, 109 are now law, according. Seventy of the enacted laws loosen gun restrictions, while just 39 tighten them. And, though largely symbolic, some 136 bills nullifying federal gun regulations were sponsored in 40 states. In Colorado, where the latest shootings took place, two pro-gun control lawmakers were booted from office in historic recalls and a third stepped down in anticipation of a similar fight.

As I have written in the forward to my latest book, “Creating Safe Schools…” children, parents and school staff need, want and deserve a safe learning environment.  But the crazed individuals neither do not read nor understand the “No Guns Allowed” signs. As for the NRA’s proposal of arming school personnel, I believe that this is ridiculous.  Their answer to having a gun in school is not to put more guns in school. I have fired weapons, it takes practice. I would not want my children in schools where we encouraged inexperienced and ill trained school personnel to have weapons.

Teachers have enough to worry about without worrying about where they hide the weapon so that it cannot accidently find itself in the hands of a student.

How many more weapons need to be brought into schools?  How many more students need to be shot at?  How many more staff needs to be shot at and killed?  When will our state and federal officials do something about this horrendous situation?