A Modest Proposal on Gun Violence in Our Schools

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The following op-ed piece was originally published in the Los Angeles Times. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author.

  

Hey, Kids, Don’t Forget Your Guns

Op-Ed

What’s missing from the typical kindergartner’s backpack? A pistol.

December 28, 2012

By Daniel Akst

Here we go again. After the tragic school killings in Newtown, Conn., the leader of the National Rifle Assn. offers a perfectly sensible proposal to put cops with guns in every school — and people jump all over him.

“A paranoid, dystopian vision,” said New York’s anti-gun mayor, Michael Bloomberg. “The most revolting, tone-deaf statement I’ve ever seen,” said Sen.-elect Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat.

But the only problem I can see with the NRA’s proposal is that it doesn’t go far enough. For some reason nobody in this country is willing to admit the obvious, which is that the poor helpless kids…

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