Letters to the Editor 3-7-17

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More laws won’t control the nut cases in today’s world

Dear Editor,
I would like to respond to Mr. Robert Visel’s editorial letter in the  February 28th Monitor. Well said, ir! Your comments were concise, accurate and you hit the nail on the head. It is pathetic how our children are being raised today by parents who want to be their friends, not assuming any responsibility in their parental role. Heaven forbid they harm their child’s self esteem by telling him or her “NO” once in a while. Let them grow up with a sense of entitlement. Makes it pretty clear why so many of these nut cases feel entitled to go on to a campus and shoot it up.
And yes, we have a plethora of gun laws through out the country but what we don’t have is a judicial system that is capable of enforcing them. Look at Chicago, New York, and even Washington, D.C. They have some of the toughest gun laws in the country and also the highest crime rates in the country.
You can pass all the laws you want regarding gun control but you can’t control those nut cases that seem to be more and more common in today’s world.
Yes, the gun is a tool, just like a knife, or a screw driver, or any other house hold tool, all of which are capable of killing someone if mishandled or misused. And if you are going to use any tool, then you have an obligation to learn to use that tool correctly and safely and the same applies to gun ownership.
The law-abiding citizens that I know have accepted this responsibility, the “entitled” criminals have not and never will.
Michael Ragsdale
Los Alamos

A preventable shooting tragedy

Dear Editor
The Parkland, FL shooter had a history of violent behavior. Police were called to his house many times, but they did not arrest him because the school board had an agreement with the police not to arrest any students.. The FBI received a viable tip indicating he wanted to shoot up a school, but the lead was not pursued.
The following are incredible:  A student saw the shooter in a stairway loading his rifle, but did nothing to try to stop him when told “things are going to get messy around here”. The student left the building, did not call 911, but informed a teacher.
The teacher drove the student to a baseball field, and then went back to the school to check it out, but the shooting had started. Why did the armed deputy sheriff assigned to protect the school stand around during the shooting? If true, why did three police officers arrive at the school and take cover behind their vehicles, and not enter the school?
Arming teachers who are not trained to be police officers could be disastrous. What happens when a police officer enters a school during a shooting and encounters a teacher with a gun?
We should increase the age to purchase a firearm to 21. Most school shooters are under 21. We have to improve the background check system. Schools need to lock all entrances, and install shatter proof glass and alarms. A heavily armed security guard should be stationed in every school.
Donald Moskowitz
Londonderry, NH