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Square Talk for Wednesday, December 19, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012

WHAT DO YOU THINK WE CAN DO TO PREVENT TRAGEDIES LIKE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY FROM HAPPENING AGAIN?

“I don’t think everybody should have assault weapons. People can go to flea markets and buy them and not even have to give their name. About the only thing you can do is keep nuts from getting them.”

– Randy Robertson, 61, of Marietta, Okla.

“Anybody that wants to cause someone harm is gonna do it whether it be with a rifle or a gallon of gasoline. I think schools are going to have to take more security measures. High school and junior highs have officers in the schools. It may come a point where you need them in elementary schools, too, even though we never would have thought we needed it before. There’s not an easy answer to this.”

– Jerry Ensey, 65, of Wichita Falls

“I don’t have the answer, but it’s not gun control. It’s the old clich ‘guns don’t kill people, people kill people.’ The thought is, ‘if we take away guns then people won’t die.’ But take the analogy with automobiles. More people die from automobiles every year than guns, but we’re not gonna take automobiles off the streets. There might be a security officer at every school campus in the country after this. But I don’t know if that is the answer.”

– Alan Powers, 40, of Bridgeport

“Kids need more love. People need to take more time raising their children than letting the television raise their children. I always knew where my children were and what they were doing. When you have the masses that are so consumed with wanting to acquire the almighty dollar that they neglect their children, it’s really no less than sacrificing the children.”

– Andy Franklin, 54, of Bridgeport

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