it was nothing short of heart rendering watching the meeting with the President yesterday. We must do something. How, as that Father so clearly said, have we allowed this to go on so long?
What was also clear is there is no single answer. The people yelling gun control are being too simplistic. Yes we can outlaw certain guns but that is not the solve all. We say again we have outlawed cocaine, crack and other drugs, did that solve the problem? Pass a gun law, and law abiding people will follow it, the element committed to crime will not. Check any law and see that.
No this must be a comprehensive approach. Last week we outlined our thoughts and some of you came bak with ideas to add to it. Here’s our thoughts today:
- Raise the age limit to buy a gun to 21.
- Lock the school doors with one entry point.
- People must be allowed in. No free access.
- Make the glass at the entry point bullet proof. (Thank you to a reader for this)
- Put an arm guard in every school. Not openly visible at every door, but close by in case they are needed.
- If the average shooting is 3-4 minutes and police response is 5-6, we need on premise protection for our kids. End.
- The question of teachers, coaches, administrators being armed should be a city and state decision. Some might want this and others not. Let local areas decide. This cannot be a national decision.
- Increase background checks. Take the time needed. Five, six, ten days is fine with us.
- Create a database for incidents. We need to know the police went to the Cruz household 39 times. That he was suspended from school, harms animals and now wants to buy a weapon.
- Mental health can no longer be an individual “stigmatization” issue. We need to consider the safety of our citizens first.
- Finally we come down on the side that people do not need AR15’s. We do not favor limiting all guns, but these weapons serve what purpose?
This proposal is as good a place to start as any we have heard. It is not so simple as the left saying “gun control”. That would do nothing. It is the person pulling the trigger we need to identify, understand and stop. If they get through the cracks or buy a gun off the street, we need to stop them at the place they want to do damage. We need a full solution and we need it to protect our children and grandchildren. I know liberals are saying an armed guard at the schools will scare the children. That is why we say the person can be off the door, in the office or on the side. But they must be there. Any potential shooter must know he will be met immediately by armed resistance if they dare try. That alone will deter many.
A comprehensive plan is needed — now. Nothing less.
Total Viewers MONDAY.
The shooting leads to a close night between Fox and MSNBC.
- Total day: FNC: 1.606 | CNN: 805 | MSNBC: 1.350 | HLN: 210
- Primetime: FNC: 2.459 | CNN: 996 | MSNBC: 2.321 | HLN: 262
MORNING NEWS averages for the week of Feb. 12, 2018: Olympics drive NBC.
- Total Viewers: ABC: 4.160M / NBC: 4.618M / CBS: 3.402M
- A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.391M / NBC: 1.720M / CBS: 934k
Cable’s top 5 for the week of Feb. 12, 2018:
- Fox News (2,283,000)
- TNT (2,107,000)
- NBCSN (2,073,000)
- MSNBC (1,753,000)
- USA (1,394,000)
- Fox News (1,402,000)
- NBCSN (1,185,000)
- MSNBC (986,000)
- Nickelodeon (901,000)
- TNT (764,000)
Business news ratings.
FBN: 251,000 total viewers
CNBC: 205,000 total viewers
FBN: 253,000 total viewers
CNBC: 209,000 total viewers