Digital Access

Digital Access
Access saukvalley.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, Daily including the e-Edition or e-Edition only.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from SaukValley.com, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.
Letters to the Editor

Hardening our schools is not the answer

Since the Parkland, Florida, shooting, I’ve had trouble sleeping. My mind won’t shut down. We’ve come to this – our students are begging the adults to let them live.

Congress and state legislatures should have the kids’ backs, but the National Rifle Association has our representatives’ backbones. From former columnist Molly Ivens: “What stuns me most about contemporary politics is not even that the system has been so badly corrupted by money. It is that so few people get the connection between their lives and what the bozos do in Washington and our state capitols.”

What the NRA does allow – thoughts and prayers – isn’t working. As Steve Hartman of CBS said, “We pray. We mourn. We repeat.”

The NRA now promotes that we harden our schools – armed guards, detectors, ID’s, etc. This is really new. My grandparents, parents, myself, and my kids didn’t attend hardened schools.

In my school days, we were more afraid of a nuclear attack from
Russia than being hunted by fellow Americans. But now my grandkids’ schools need to be hardened? Why change this now? Could it be the transformation of the NRA from a gun safety organization back then, to shilling for gun manufacturers now?

Dad went to Anzio, Italy, in 1944 to get shot; my grandkids get the same opportunity by going to school.

And this idea of putting armed adults in schools, that a good guy with a gun can take out a bad guy with a gun? How simplistic!

What can I do? I will continue to pray because I believe God listens. I’m going to send a few bucks to Gabby Giffords’ Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, use the NRA “A+” rating to find politicians to vote against, and on March 24 will be with the kids in a March For Our Lives.

Loading more