Letter: Are guns the real problem?

The editorial on Friday about “WHEN WILL IT END” regarding school shootings was very sad, but is there a 95% solution? Solutions can’t be condensed into the 250-word limit set for Letters to the Editor.  Therefore, many will dislike my short and incomplete version.

When horror strikes at a “No Guns Allowed” school, the staff summon the police. The staff doesn’t tell the police to leave their gun at the station … No matter how much they don’t want guns in school.

A percentage of the time, the arrival of police is enough, and sometimes the police actually need to use their guns.  I don’t have hard numbers for these outcomes, but I’ll guess that ‘just arriving’ ends the issue more often than actually police gunfire.

So, regardless of your feelings, there are special instances when a gun (or the threat of a gun) in a school is desirable.

Bottom line:  It will never completely end, but only reduced … reduced by changes described in the missing 2,500 words I can’t fit in this format.

OK, send your reactionary letters to the paper. Please tackle the numerous reasons why schools and not sporting goods stores… why today, and not some years ago… the percentage of police arrivals to police gun usage…  the issue of the age of the shooters…  why solutions might happen in Montana, but not California. The lack of good IQ and other testing to better determine the students most likely to run amok.  Remember… 250 words… humph.

— Ron Imhoff, Chico 

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