Battling a school shooter is suicide

Sorry about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and all that; I’m sure former Deputy Scot Peterson was thinking of the students inside and praying fervently — I certainly would have been!

On the other hand, I also would not have attempted to take down an active shooter who was armed with an assault rifle and multiple high-capacity magazines were I alone and armed with only a service revolver — that’s what is usually called “suicide.” It would have been heroic, altruistic, courageous, intrepid, gallant — not to mention brave and laudable — but still almost certain suicide.

Is it really fair to law enforcement for our legislators to blithely pass laws requiring lone resource officers to act so heroically — standing up to active shooters who far outgun them (or to face decades in prison) when these same legislators won’t even stand up to the gun lobby (NRA) that makes millions arming our school shooters with the most deadly of weaponry? These legislators sell us out and offer our police officers as scapegoats because the law enforcement officers won’t commit suicide by rushing in alone, with no backup, and without any comparable weaponry.

The first thing we should do is to elect legislators with the guts to stand up to the NRA — or whatever that property it is that applies to women who will similarly stand up for our rights; vote these people into office.

Criminals will no longer be well armed as soon as we decide to quit selling guns to them.

Steven Smith,


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