Four people were killed and three state troopers injured in Blair County, Pennsylvania, on Friday, the same morning the National Rifle Association said that the way to keep our kids safe in schools isn't to curtail gun sales. We need armed guards in every school.
Three men, including the gunman, and one woman were shot dead, Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio told reporters, and one of the troopers was shot but protected by his bulletproof vest. One trooper was injured in a head-on collision with the alleged gunman, and the other was injured by flying glass.
None of this would have been possible if the suspect didn't have a gun.
More information about the shooter's three victims isn't available yet, but whatever the circumstances, access to guns played a role in the deaths of those three people. The shooting scene "extended over several miles" and authorities say the community is not at risk.
But it seems like every day there's another shooting story, and isn't enough enough? How many people have to die before we actually take action and make some tough choices on what kinds of weapons everyday citizens should be able to get their hands on?
The NRA thinks that the answer to the gun problem -- to bad guys with guns -- is to give more guns to good guys. And yes, this morning the alleged shooter was stopped by a good guy with a gun. (And by a head-on collision.) Of course our law enforcement officials should be armed. But they're trained. And it's their job. The risk they choose to take when they sign up for the job.
But they wouldn't have had to put themselves in harm's way if that man hadn't had a gun in the first place.
Do you think giving more people guns is the answer to curtailing gun violence?
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