Background checks won’t stem school violence

Published: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Background checks won’t stem school violence

Re "A year and 10,000 gun deaths later, Congress fails to act" (Editorials, Dec. 14): The Sacramento Bee editorial laments that a year after the Sandy Hook shootings, Congress has failed to enact firearm background check legislation, but the fact is that such legislation can't eliminate the possibility of future violence. Requiring such a background check doesn't directly make our schools safer in any significant way, though the requirement may have merit regarding overall crime reduction. We all accept that the common-sense solution for keeping bad and dangerous people out of our homes is to lock our doors. However, neither the media nor the politicians have proposed the obvious solution for school violence, which is to lock down our schools. Instead, they keep beating the drum for gun control.

-- Gregory Vinci, Carmichael

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