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Viewpoint: What if the Fish in the Barrel Shot Back?
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Everyone is aching, yearning, for solutions to stop school shootings. About a year before the shooting at Columbine we lived in Eugene, Oregon. Across the interstate in Springfield, Oregon there was a shooting at Thurston High School in which the shooter’s parents and two students were killed and 25 other students were wounded.

Kip Kinkel (serving 111 years), who had been expelled for bringing a hand gun to school, shot and killed his parents at home because they were talking about sending him to military school and then the next day walked into Thurston High School and shot 50 rounds, 32 of which hit people, before a wounded student and six others subdued him and held him for the police.

The solutions to that kind of violence range from extreme to extreme. Of course, clear out in left field (pun intended) are those who want to ban some guns, all guns, guns that hold a certain number of rounds, guns that are silver or whatever. You don’t have to think to hard to realize that people who bring guns to school don’t obey the law but are smart enough to either get a gun or find a different way to kill you.

On the other extreme is an article I read today that suggested students and teachers should be taught that the way to deal with someone shooting up your school is resist. You should charge them, throw gum wrappers at them, tell them to “look over there” and then disarm them. Yes, there was a tad of sarcasm.

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