In reference to the recent article "Obama is pushing for gun bill" (Record-Courier, Dec. 31), I noticed several of the comments relating to how best to deal with this specific type of rampage were quickly cast aside by President Obama as skeptical and unimpressive.
Placing armed guards in schools, and or allowing administrators the option to carry a concealed weapon after proper training, may be the only way that we will ever be able to slow and or stop the next deranged idiot from committing violence.
Our teachers as well as our students are also in need of security. Throwing books and chairs is not an option when someone has a weapon. A non-lethal means of protection such as pepper spray or wasp spray which can travel up to 20 feet could make the difference in disarming or stopping a would-be killer.
Let's face it, folks, by the time the police get there, set up their perimeter and establish communication the damage has been done.
We have thousands of highly trained young men and women returning from war who have been given special training in many areas to defuse and stop acts of terror. These same people are also trained to eliminate the perpetrators when all else fails. The comment that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun is a true honest assessment.
The truth is that in every country that has banned guns the criminals still have them, and crime is rampant. In countries such as Switzerland, where gun ownership is considered common sense, and family storage of weapons, many of which are considered military in nature, is permitted, the crime rate is nearly non-existent when compared to the countries that have enforced bans.
Everything boils down to time when dealing with violence. The faster you can have someone on the scene that can mitigate the problem the better the outcome will be.
There have been madmen and women in every generation who have sought attention through violence. They have sought out the weak, the infirm, the old and the young. There are only two things that seem to detour them from their plans.
The first and most important is to eliminate the target-rich environments that are created by stopping good, honorable men and women who are properly trained from being able to carry concealed.
Secondly, we cannot wait till the next disaster occurs to summon help. It must be there in place, ready to respond within seconds, not minutes, to take whatever action is needed to protect our children and grandchildren.
In closing, I would like to say that if we can place American fighting men and women all over the planet to protect American interest then what is the problem of providing that kind of protection here at home, for our children? I will gladly pay any increase in my taxes to provide additional security in our schools. What are you willing to do?
Andrew W. Casciato Sr., Ravenna