Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Bottom line on shootings

EDITOR:

I am very simple minded, have a mental disability BPD, own a business, work 70 hours a week, I am with people from all walks of life, 12-hour days, six days a week. I talk to many people every week and I must say what I hear is somewhat disappointing. I have three grandchildren in grammar school, I feel that I am failing them if I do not do something. At whitehouse.gov anyone owning a PC can send a message to the President.

The bottom line issue that we should all be screaming about is paid police on every school in America. Protect our children No. 1. After 9/11 our airports were locked down so fast, for protection. I propose that we do something that will make our kids feel safe when they go back to school, the sight of a nice policeman, and then at least they have a chance. Yes, these policeman should have their trained weapon. But I am here to say this is not a gun control issue. This is not a mental illness issue. Right now today it is a safety issue to send our children back to school. It’s easy to fix and shame on us if we don’t see that it gets fixed.

We all know the copycat crazies are going to be out in numbers. Now is the time to move. Before they have time to reload.

As a grandparent, I will never give money or gifts to my grandchildren that have anything to do with violence. One stand, one person at a time.

If not me then who? If not now then when?

PATTY BECKER
Pollock Pines

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  • DarrinDecember 26, 2012 - 10:39 am

    For the "Schools need armed guards" crowd, here are some more ideas. Firemen need armed guards. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/25/5075537/motive-a-mystery-in-ny-ambush.html Mall Cops need armed guards http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/16/5058602/man-fires-some-50-shots-at-calif.html Oh, wait, this guy didn't kill anyone, but some armed citizen should have shot him or a bystander anyway. Then they could get shot by the police who respond because they are shooting people... Where does it end? Drivers need armed guards http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/25/5075591/driver-killed-in-east-los-angeles.html The Police need armed guards - Kansas man who killed 2 cops dies Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/17/5061113/authorities-kansas-man-who-killed.html Wait, police already have guns. Homeowners need armed guards - Robber shoots resident with own rifle http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/18/5061622/robber-shoots-resident-with-own.html Whoops, maybe MORE GUNS are not the ANSWER!!!

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  • DarrinDecember 26, 2012 - 10:52 am

    For the - Schools Need Armed Guards - crowd, here are some more ideas. Firemen need armed guards. Search the SacBee for - NY firemen's killer mapped out plan for slayings Mall Cops need armed guards. Oh, wait, this guy didn't kill anyone, but some armed citizen should have shot him or a bystander anyway. Then they could get shot by the police who respond because they are shooting people... Where does it end? Search the SacBee for - Man cooperative after firing shots at mall Drivers need armed guards. Search the SacBee for - Driver killed in East Los Angeles shooting or Man fires at couple in SUV, passenger wounded The Police need armed guards - Wait, police already have guns. Search the SacBee for - Kansas man who killed 2 cops dies Homeowners need armed guards - Robber shoots resident with own rifle Search the SacBee for - Robber shoots resident with own rifle Whoops, maybe MORE GUNS are not the ANSWER!!!

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  • Paul FrancisDecember 26, 2012 - 11:09 am

    I agree with the "simple minded" part. Just how do you propose we pay for this, Patty?

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  • JoleneJanuary 09, 2013 - 9:43 am

    I too am TERRIFIED of a copycat situation. Just today there was a news story out of SoCal re a teen threatening to do the same. We pitch in for field trips, why not armed guard? Dollar per day per student would go a long way.

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  • CatherineJanuary 09, 2013 - 3:11 pm

    It's very much an untreated psychosis plus guns issue. Not a 'mental health' issue, but a neurobiological disorder issue. And if you want to see what having cops in the schools looks like, take a field trip to Oakland. Columbine also had security on campus.

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  • Jack MartinJanuary 10, 2013 - 10:08 am

    Catherine, as usual you enter the fray with inaccurate or incomplete information. Funny you'd mention armed police officers in the Oakland school, because there hasn't been a shooting in an Oakland school since 1997 and that was in a van parked outside: http://www.stoptheshootings.org/ And you mentioned Columbine, which did have one armed Sheriff's deputy on scene at the time. The deputy exchanged fire with Harris for an extended period of time (therefore drawing fire away from students) until Harris's gun jammed. This one single deputy called in for backup and drastically reduced the number of students that would have been killed. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/336338/columbine-had-armed-guard-daniel-foster#

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  • kggJanuary 10, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    another school shooting this morning - january 10th. a taft high school student critically wounded another student and slightly injured a teacher.

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