Letters to the Editor

Guns only one tool

Having just read John D. Braun’s April 9 letter on The Tribune’s editorial stance on the National Rifle Association’s plan to arm our schools, I was reminded of Abraham Maslow’s famous phrase: “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”

Mr. Braun puts forth the proposition that we are safer today because we have armed air marshals on commercial aircraft.

Mr. Braun, we’ve always had armed air marshals on our aircraft. Might I put forward that it is more plausible that we are safer today because the TSA has created a perimeter of safety by searching all who board commercial aircraft and disarming and detaining all who attempt to board illegally. And if I’m not mistaken, TSA employees are not armed, but they get the job done anyway.

So, Mr. Braun, by using today’s technology, maybe we could create a safe perimeter for our public schools versus upping the ante with armed escalation. And this could all be paid for by patriots like yourself, who would be more than willing to turn over those nasty liberal entitlement checks from Social Security and forgo your Medicare benefits.