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Letter: Another senseless school shooting

Published: December 19, 2012 12:00 AM

Tragic. Senseless.

Horrific. None of these words do full justice to the recent shooting and killing of 27 people in Connecticut. Most of the 27 were small children, their lives ended much too soon.

As a father, I could not even begin to fathom why this happened, or why anyone would commit such a heinous act.

When I first heard of this story, my heart sank to hear of yet "another" mass shooting; they have gotten to be that common and that frequent. And, as before, those who would bring up the issue of gun control will be decried by those who give the same ludicrous and selfish arguments:

"We shouldn't politicize a tragedy."

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"Guns don't kill people; people kill people. Killers will always find a way."

"If we ban some kinds of guns, where will it stop?"

"If more people had guns, they could stop the killers themselves."

All I can say to those who hold the Second Amendment so dear is this: if you lost your child to a deranged gunman, would you still fight for the right of everyone to possess a dangerous weapon, or would you do everything in your power to make sure that it never happened to anyone else?

I weep for the children who will never experience the joys of a full life.

I weep for the parents who never realized that they would lose their children so unexpectedly.

I weep for the people who will go through another tragedy like this, knowing that our society will most likely do nothing to prevent it from happening again.

I weep for a society that is so in love with guns that it cannot bring itself to stop such needless tragedies.

Kesavan Srinivasan, Hudson

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anonymous Dec 20, 2012 9:38 AM

We need sensible gun control outlawing all semi autos. real hunters don't use them anyway .But more importantly ,our local school district is also comprised of five police departments and I see no good reason for these city and township governments not to agree to have one police officer at each school. In our case the cost could be divided between the five police departments.Today it is all about response time to the threat. A person intent on killing that has a semi-auto weapon can get into a school and kill many children and teachers in minutes.Our response has to be immediate not minutes away. I can think of no greater use of our police forces for our community. We use police for any other events at the schools anyway.Our local politicians need to get their heads out of the sand and take the next step collectively as a group for the good of our community. Sadly, it is a different world than the one I grew up in and eventually that world may collide with ours. I think our children should be protected not a potential target. Remember Chardon,Newtown,and all the other schools where this happened. Also, many thanks to the educators and administrators for doing their part in keeping the children safe . Now is the time for our local politicians to do the same.Merry Christmas to all