After the tragedy in Newtown, CT, I have been thinking a lot about how to keep our kids safe. Here are some thoughts:
• Tighter gun control. There's been a lot of talk on this subject, but I've been signing every petition to make this happen.
• Limit bullets sold. We have the right to bear arms, however, we should not have the right to have unlimited bullets.
• Lock school doors. Although I believe the doors were locked in Newtown, locked doors will deter some criminal acts.
• Give schools protection. I don't believe teachers and school administrators should have guns. But, I do believe that every school should have a panic button that goes directly to the police. And mace might be a good option to slow down criminals, but there would need to be a careful set of guidelines in place to have something like mace in schools.
I work on the website The Camp Insider, www.thecampinsider.com. We interview directors of camps. Some of them don't have any security, while others have 24-hour security and employ retired military and police officers. When deciding on a camp for my own child, even before this tragedy, I wanted a camp with some level of security. And now what has happened in Sandy Hook has reinforced my feeling on security in schools and in camps. My heart goes out to those families who lost their loved ones. I only hope we can learn from this terrible tragedy.
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