Such is the debate that will suck up all the oxygen in Washington and many state legislatures for the foreseeable future – or until we are confronted with yet another national human tragedy.

The “left” says yes, we need stricter gun laws; we need laws to keep guns out of the hands of potential criminals. By potential criminals they mean law-abiding citizens.

President Obama has said he will be pushing for gun legislation in January. Specifically, he wants to outlaw “so-called” assault rifles and large capacity ammo clips. If Congress fails to act quickly, he has been advised to revert to executive order, an act with which we are all too familiar.

If strict gun control was the answer, Chicago would be one of the safest cities in the U.S. because it has one of the most restrictive gun laws – yet it is ridden with crime. Remember, criminals don’t abide by laws – that’s why they are called criminals.

If the government took guns away from all law-abiding citizens, criminals would still have guns – the criminals’ work would simply become easier while their prey became more vulnerable.

What about our schools; what can we do to better protect our children from killers? If you say arm the staff you would be right.

Think about it, if the first adult the killer confronted at the school in Newtown, Conn. had been armed, it’s possible he would have been stopped – and lives saved. As Wayne LaPierre, EVP, NRA says, “The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

According to Yahoo News that is the attitude of Harold, Texas, its school board voting unanimously to allow teachers to be armed. Superintendent David Thweatt said, “We don’t have the money for a security guard, but this is a better solution.” He stated further that, “A shooter could take out a guard or officer with a visible, holstered weapon, but our teachers . . . have had extensive training. And their guns are hidden. We can protect our children.”

Tennessee does not allow teachers to be armed. However, “State Sen. Frank Niceley (R) Told TPM . . . he believes it’s time for that to change. He plans to introduce legislation in the next session, which begins Jan 8, that will require all schools to have an armed staff member of some kind.” And “Gov. Bill Haslam (R) has said the idea will be part of his discussions . . . .”

No doubt, this debate will continue. I just pray that whatever action our elected officials take will not be like a TV pharmaceutical add where the side effects are worse than the ailment.

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