To the Editor:
While reading your newspaper Feb. 19, I saw a article whereby Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is encouraging his state legislature to enact a “red flag “ law in Florida.
This is a law enabling family members, guardians and police to temporarily strip gun rights from people who show warning signs of violence. Personally, I think it also should include teachers who often see this behavior first.
After the horrific shootings in Florida in mid-February, as well as past shootings by other mentally unstable people over the past 20 years at colleges, high schools and grade schools, isn’t it about time that states all enact such laws?
We all should contact our appropriate congressmen to sponsor them.
In the meantime, maybe it is time to relook at how we can stop this carnage now. Why not have steel doors with smaller glass inserts, only one or two entranceways open during a school day and have trained retired police men or women, armed with at least a high-powered handgun, on patrol with ready access to a police station?
And while I believe in the Second Amendment, isn’t it time we disallow those individuals younger than 21 from obtaining assault rifles?
The FBI also is partly at fault here. They had good data and did not act.
Why is there not some kind of a better process on contacting the local field office and being able to check on its actions after a call?
Let’s all pray for those families in Florida, as well as those families in past shootings and push to actually do something to stop these shootings.