Opinion Line (Dec. 31)

12/31/2012 12:00 AM

12/28/2012 8:32 PM

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The only thing that will really stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. It’s called self-defense, and we have had to rely on ourselves to defend ourselves since the dawn of time.

I see where the NRA gunners want armed “good guys” in our schools to combat the “bad guys.” I spent a tour in Vietnam, where the good guys and bad guys both had guns. We called it a war. War is only good for gun manufacturers, not kids.

There is no need to own weapons designed or modified solely to kill large numbers of people. Fantasies about the need to have these guns to overthrow an unjust government are trumped by the reality that these weapons are regularly used by unhinged individuals to turn a suicide into a massacre.

The TSA has 50,000 officers who screen 1.7 million passengers a day in more than 450 airports. That equates to one agent for every 34 passengers. Perhaps we could afford one officer per 200 schoolchildren. Let’s do it.

By all means, put an armed guard in every school. And to pay for them, charge a 100 percent sales tax on every firearm sold, plus a 100 percent annual surcharge on every firearm owned.

It’s time to stop making meaningless gestures with teddy bears and other memorials that only make us feel better. We need to quit wringing our hands in disbelief and sadness and instead implement commonsense solutions so these tragedies don’t continue to happen. We must do it for the sake of our children.

We have three choices: We install armed guards everywhere. We take everyone’s guns. Or we just accept death as a price, and shut up and like it.

Looks like the same people who turned the word “Benghazi” into a verb meaning “to shamelessly exploit a tragedy for political purposes” are now on the lecture circuit preaching to us all about how disgusting it is to politicize a tragedy. How lovely.

Put this to a vote: Should Congress, the White House or both be flying the flag upside down?

George Orwell’s book “1984” warned of the “telescreen,” to be used to help control every facet of life. Isn’t it remarkable to think that the most popular Christmas gifts this year were some form of a tablet computer?

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf helped return our Army to prominence after Vietnam. He should have gone into politics. We could use his leadership. Rest in peace.

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