Let’s protect schools

It is time to clip the wings of the National Rifle Association and to stop greedy politicians on the take. It is time for gun control measures. It is time to stop private ownership of assault weapons; no one but the military should own them. Columbine happened and we did nothing. Sandy Hook happened and we did nothing. Las Vegas happened and we did nothing. So many shootings with assault weapons and we have done nothing!

This has to change and now. For starters, let’s make our schools safer. School boards: Raise money for shatter-proof glass for all school windows and alarm systems. Visit big businesses that have benefited from the recent tax breaks for donations of these items, for instance. Call for grandparent-type volunteers to staff school hallways (four at a time) trained by the police and perhaps with hidden pepper spray. Two could sit on either side of the main doors of schools and two could walk halls. They would be reassuring to children — and who better to act as first guard to our children.

Let me know. I will volunteer. By the way, I am also for turn-in sites and days for assault weapons. Bless those men who care enough to do so!

Barbara B. Locher, Waco

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How many school shootings are going to occur before we take action to ensure the safety of our children? There are metal detectors to protect our elected officials, judges and other litigants. Airports, train stations and sporting events have detectors. But the most precious among us are left to fend for themselves.

Metal detectors are irritating and slow and require staffing, and I realize this is just one piece of a large puzzle that perhaps some districts have addressed. Single-entry points, locked doors and trained staff all fit into a complex answer. Metal detectors can make a school feel more like a prison, but if that is a fix, even if it is expensive and/or temporary, then lives might be saved. The absorption of this added expense into current budgets is not possible, so businesses and local communities would have to be willing to step up to pay for such an undertaking.

Our children and grandchildren deserve more from us. We cannot just wring our hands and say it is too late to do anything. Legislators in Washington and Austin can debate whether more gun control should be a part of this conversation. Regardless, no amount or type of new gun restriction legislation will address the immediacy of needed action. NOW is the time to do something constructive locally and set aside rhetoric.

Randy Cox, Waco

Dirty diapers, Aisle 9!

Regarding John J. Baker’s letter in Sunday’s paper about the dog in the shopping cart being unsanitary: no less unhygienic than dirty diapers or hands full of germs.

Linda Reichenbach, Waco