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"Tragedy at

Sandy Hook"

By Gary Nelson

December 16, 2012

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On December 14, 2012, a lone gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in

Newtown, Connecticut, and went on a shooting spree killing, first, the Principal of the school, then going on to murder five other adults and twenty children in the first grade... all this after first killing his mother at her home.

This is a very tragic page in our nation’s history, and my heart, as well as the hearts of my family, and the nation reaches out to the victims and their survivors of this horrific event. Too many families in the Sandy Hook neighborhood have Christmas presents that will never be opened.

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Almost before the smoke had cleared, as the police were investigating this event, there arose from across the nation, a clamor from the gun grabbers demanding more gun control. It is my view that gun control is not the issue. The real issue here is uniform enforcement of the gun controls that are already on the books in the Federal system and at the State level. Gun control has NEVER reduced gun related crime and/or incidents, quite the contrary. In the states that allow the citizens to carry guns, either openly or concealed, crime goes down. On the other hand, these same states that have carry laws also have prohibited areas (Gun-Free-Zones) where the carry of the gun is prohibited. This is usually where the bad guy feels most safe, and more crimes are committed. The perpetrators of a crime are less likely to accost someone if he knows that he could get shot if he tries. Crooks don’t like a level playing field, as they are animals of opportunity..

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There are certain areas where one should not be able to carry a gun, and it is understandable. Certain government offices, police stations, and court rooms are good examples of where not to carry. But history has shown us that schools are no longer safe areas, and I feel that the safety of a school, and the students in attendance, could be enhanced if the schools would assign a collateral duty to the administrators and teachers. That duty would be voluntary, require training, and certification. My idea is that the School Safety Committee should be established to augment the School Resource Officer provided by the police department, and sworn in to have limited police powers while at their place of employment. They should also be armed (concealed so as not to alarm or cause concern to the students), and ready while at work to assist the School Resource Officer, where one is assigned.

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As you can see below, there are ample gun control laws on the books. Contact your State and Federal legislators and tell them to apply uniform mandatory enforcement to the laws we already have, and not to further disarm the law-abiding citizen.

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Federal Gun Laws.1
Federal law restricts who can own, possess, or sell a gun. The National Firearms Act

makes it unlawful for a person to have a firearm that is not specifically registered to them.

Under the Brady Act, you cannot have a gun for personal or business if you:

1. Were convicted of a crime punishable by being in prison for more than one year; 
2. Are a fugitive from justice; 
3. Are addicted to, or illegally use, any controlled substance; 
4. Have been ruled mentally defective by a court, or are committed to a mental institution; 
5. Are an illegal alien living in the United States unlawfully; 
6. Received a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces; 
7. Renounced your U.S. citizenship, if you are a U.S. citizen; 
8. Are subject to a court restraining order that involves your 'intimate partner, your partner's child, or children; or 
9. Were convicted of domestic violence in any court of a misdemeanor.

Gun sales soar as violent crime plummets.4

FBI statistics show that background checks for gun purchases

have more than doubled in the last decade.

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During the same period, FBI data also reveals that violent crime has been in a steep decline.

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While it is not possible to statistically attribute a causation or correlation to the two events, one thing is extremely clear … despite the lies and rhetoric of those who oppose civil rights, more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens does NOT increase the incidence of violent crime in any way..

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Gary Nelson, U. S. Navy (Ret), Associate Editor

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End Notes:

1. http://injury.findlaw.com/product-liability/gun-laws.html
2. US Code - Chapter 53: Machine guns, destructive devices, and certain other firearms
3. 18 U.S.C. § 922 : US Code - Section 922: Unlawful acts
4. http://www.opencarry.org

5. WND EXCLUSIVE -

....What if 1 of the teachers had a gun?

....Sandy Hook massacre begs question of how to protect children at school.

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....author-image by Drew Zahn

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