Common-sense gun laws are needed
TO THE EDITORS:
After graduation from college, I spent the first seven of my working years as a middle school teacher. I devoted most of subsequent adult life to teacher education -- helping my students learn to bring out the potential of their young charges. While I worked with pre-K-12 teachers, most of my work was in the elementary setting. During that time, I devoted no time to teaching prospective teachers to defend themselves with guns in their classroom. No reasonable person would ever have seen the need.
Throughout my career in teacher education, I spent about two days per week visiting in classrooms. I've sat on the floor to interact with preschoolers and kindergarten students and perched on the tiny chairs in elementary learning settings so I could be part of the class and not just an outside observer. I interacted with middle and secondary students who had knowledge of other kinds of discomfort in their lives.
When I saw the initial reports of the Newtown slaughter, my shock was intense and deep. Throughout the past month, my heart has ached, my throat has choked and my eyes dampen every time I see subsequent coverage. This ugly incident is the worst thing I have ever experienced in my 70 years. I can't even imagine how any one tiny body can bear 11 different gunshot wounds. No person, of any age, deserves this -- for any reason or cause.
No God could possibly have any intent for children to learn as these children and their parents did in Newtown. No sane person can legitimately defend the process that makes their deaths possible.
Logical gun control has very little to do with the Second Amendment. It has everything to do with sanity and common sense. It is time to stop bickering and start solving our problems. All of us deserve better, especially our innocent children.
Terry W. Blue