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January 13, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Jan. 13, 2013

Sarcastic idea has some value

I am responding to the letter published in the Jan. 10 edition of the Tribune-Star from Shirley Thomas.

Let me start out by saying what a great idea about having gun owners volunteer to patrol our local schools. I am retired and I would gladly volunteer a couple of days a week to protect my grandchildren and their classmates from a lunatic with mental problems. Even though Ms. Thomas is being sarcastic, her suggestion is one solution to the problem and I am sure there would be a lot of  gun owners that would volunteer to keep our schools safe. They would be required to go through special training before being assigned to schools.

I hate to inform Ms. Thomas of the fact that a shooter in any mass shooting situation only stops his killing when another person with a gun shows up to stop them. Unfortunately by the time the local police show up it is too late, the murderer has already slaughtered several innocent people. The principle at Sandy Hook lunged at the shooter and was instantly killed by the shooter. If she would have been armed their would have been 25 children and adults alive today.

There is no gun law on the books or being proposed that could have prevented this shooting or any other similar situation. If you want to place blame, start with the decline of our great nation led by the so-called progressives. Taking God out of our schools, doing away with mental institutes for treatment of the mentally ill and the onslaught of political correctness to name just a few.

In closing, I must correct Ms. Thomas on her misinformation on so-called loopholes at gun shows. There are none. If you purchase a firearm at a gun show you go through the same background check as you would if you made the purchase a your local gun store. She also refers to Internet purchases.  

All purchases of firearms over the Internet are shipped to a federally licensed dealer and a background check is completed before the firearm is transferred to the purchaser.

The only major illegal firearms transaction was perpetrated by the Obama Administration’s Justice Department’s Fast and Furious scandal that the left and their cohorts in the mainstream media continue to ignore.

When they get ready to put armed citizen volunteers in the schools, sign me up.

— Richard Hoffman


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