LETTER: Cal ignores need for gun control – Beaumont Enterprise

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Re: Column by Cal Thomas on Tuesday headlined, “School shooting was preventable”:

Cal Thomas states his opinion on what the school should have done, the poor decisions the parents made and even asks if schools may next have metal detectors. Sadly, Cal, about one in 10 high schools already use them; 2% of elementary schools and 7% of middle schools do also. Cal, we are already there but it is not helping. 

Rep. Chris Murphy laid out the reality that “The solutions are not a secret; we know that simple and broadly supported measures like universal background checks, cracking down on straw purchasers and illegal weapon sales, and limiting access to high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons would save countless lives.” 

Dr. Heather Sher wrote in 2018 about looking at a CT scan from one of the shooting victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. She stated that routine handgun injuries leave entry and exit wounds and linear tracks through the victim’s body that are roughly the size of the bullet. An AR 15 bullet leaves the barrel three times faster with a magazine that allows many more of these super-fast bullets to be delivered. They cause cavitation, which is the killing of tissue. The shooter does not have to be particularly accurate. Victims shot with an AR 15 have little hope of survival. 

School in the U.S. is very different from that in the other G7 countries. There have been at least 288 school shootings in the United States since Jan. 1, 2009. That’s 57 times as many shootings as the other six G7 countries combined. The difference? Those countries have common- sense gun laws.

So, Cal, while you did not offer any suggestions to reduce the occurrence of school shootings (or at least help kids have a better chance of surviving a school shooting) I will. 

Outlaw military-style weapons like the AR 15. No more quibbling about the verbiage around the weapon. Let’s give our kids at least a chance at survival. On a basic level, let’s at minimum reduce the likely hood that our kids will be shot with a weapon that leaves them little chance of survival. In my opinion, our kids should mean more to us than any principle that can be touted to own an assault weapon.

Judith Lee, Beaumont

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