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Opinion

December 17, 2012

Evil of school shooting defies understanding

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These are encouraging thoughts, and we thank McGrath for them.

Inevitably, in the wake of mass shootings come the calls for more restrictive gun control, even for banning possessions of guns altogether. This is a debate that will rage in the coming days and weeks, but it is hard to imagine that further restrictions on gun laws will have an appreciable impact on incidents such as this.

Connecticut’s gun laws already are quite restrictive. And it is already illegal in Connecticut to possess a gun on school property, without the direct permission of the school. Reports thus far indicate the school had followed the proper procedures regarding security.

Laws couldn’t stop the Newtown school shooter. Such laws never have any effect on those determined to do evil.

There have been over 20 incidents of gunmen causing mass casualties in the United States in the past year. This is something that can’t be legislated away. We are foolish to think that laws alone provide solutions. It is a problem that will require far more involvement on the part of our society — neighbors, friends, family.

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