If Ms. de Pastino would have taken a moment to question her assumption that we are in the midst of an "epidemic of gun violence", she may have discovered that violence is actually at historic lows. Since the early 1990's when "shall issue" concealed carry laws gained traction, rates of violence have dropped 50%. Places were violence remain a problem are "Gun Free Zone" urban areas where citizens still remain unable to carry a firearm for self-defense. Most violence in these areas is drug-related.
Regarding attacks on children in school, since the "Gun Free Schools Zones Act" was implemented in the late-1990s, sociopathic killers have understood that we make our students convenient defenseless targets. It should be obvious to all that defenseless kids are not safe. All defending them requires is allowing staff with permits to carry like they do everywhere else. This will deter the vast majority of cowardly kid killers.
The history of gun control is one of failure. Assumptions that "more guns = more violence" clearly aren't confirmed by the facts. It is past time for Americans to wake up and stop listening to Bloomberg-funded propaganda - and to take responsibility for self-defense. Our kids depend on it.
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