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Letter: Armed Guards Not The Solution

In response to Grace Merrell Slezak’s letter to the editor of Dec. 28, her suggestion of armed guards in every conceivable place opens the door to many questions.

One, how would you arm them? A guard with a side arm will not be enough to counter an attack such as the one in Newtown, CT. The guards would need assault weapons as well as flak jackets, etc. Second, how many guards for any institution? Third, how to pay for this? Suggestions of dropping foreign aid are irresponsible. Just recently, two past Secretaries of State, Madeleine Albright (Democrat) and Colin Powell (Republican), stated that foreign aid was important for the United States. Not only is it the right thing to do but it also wins friends and allies around the world, which we need more than ever in this country’s war on terrorism.

I appreciate Ms. Slezak’s concern for the safety of our citizens, some of her suggestions are reasonable, but fear tactics and thoughtless solutions are not the answer. If she prefers to live in what would be an armed camp, Fort Knox would be the place to live. For the rest of us who do not want to live in some Old West-Dodge City world…ban the big clips and weapons.

Edward Foote