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December 17, 2012

DUVALL: How many more have to die?

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Tonawanda News — That is, to put it mildly, complete crap.

First, the obvious: If you put more guns in schools more people will be shot in schools. 

We’ll never know if better mental health policy would have flagged this young man just the same way we’ll never know if stricter gun control laws would have prevented these weapons from falling into his hands. It is entirely plausible that intervention at a younger age would have helped and if his mother wasn’t a gun owner that he’d have been caught and stopped while trying to procure a weapon of his own.

I fully acknowledge the world is full of evil, twisted people and no amount of legislation will stop all of them. But better laws will stop some of them and I, for one, am not willing to simply throw up my hands and accept these kind of tragedies as inevitable.

If we want to call this a moral society we must make what changes we can to say to the families of those who will die the next time this happens that we did all we could to stop it.

All those little children are dead. For the love of God, what more needs to happen before we do something to stop this insanity?

Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. His column appears Wednesdays and Sundays. Contact him at eric.duvall@tonawanda-news.com.

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