I've had pretty good success in getting letters to the editor published in the Rockford Register Star, and today's edition had this letter of mine. Several of my letters that have been published have been pro-gun, so I am pleased with trying to get some sense out to the readers whether or not they agree with me. Here is the letter: "The irony of telling students to fight back if confronted by a shooter in their school (“Fighting back becoming part of school shooting guidance”) is that the very authorities giving this guidance adamantly oppose giving anyone in their school the tools with which to effectively defend themselves. Throwing books or other items at an armed shooter is a feeble and likely unproductive defense, as is charging the shooter and becoming an easy target.
While I admire the bravery and dedication to others’ safety that such action shows, if we truly want schools to have the ability to defend against an armed attacker, we must allow responsible adults in the school to be armed as well. In Illinois,
we have hundreds of thousands of law-abiding citizens who have undergone the necessary training and background checks to be issued a license to carry a concealed firearm.
I have little doubt that if Illinois law allowed for such, many of these citizens would volunteer to spend time in our public schools, being there only for the purpose of defending the students if a school shooter threatens lives.
Keeping the schools as “gun-free zones” does nothing to deter someone intent on murder, but is effective in making our schools “target-rich environments” for the killers.
(Name deleted for the forum) Rockford
Edited by vito, 20 May 2019 - 06:23 AM.