To the Editor:

Our nation has been struck by another tragic use of assault weapons against the innocent.

... Unfortunately, after each of these instances our nation engaged ina short-lived and futile debate over ways to curb gun madness.

At a press conference on Friday, Dec. 21, Mr. Wayne LaPierre, vice president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), made a proposal in a tone that can only be described as confrontational.

He stated that the U.S. Congress should “... act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation.”

With LaPierre’s comments in mind, I shall paraphrase Dorothy Parker, noted American author and critic of the last century: “This is not an idea to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”

... I posit that we should look to other models that have been successful in decreasing gun violence.

One good place to start is to examine the gun laws adopted by Australia. Those laws crafted for the USA could be one part of a comprehensive solution that also includes better funding for both education and mental health.

— Robert L. Wallace

711 Woodside Ave.

To read the entire letter, see the Jan. 3, 2013 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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