Monthly Archives: December 2012

Newtown Slaughter and the Right to Bear Arms

For many previously detached adults the deaths of twenty first grade kids and six school staff members has already triggered new attitudes towards the existence and exercise of the “right to bear arms.”  Some are suddenly willing to give consideration to proposals that would severely restrict ownership of hand guns and assault rifles. Others are new converts to the concept of armed police as regular participants in all elementary school activities. Others like myself would welcome serious proposals to both restrict lawful possession of firearms and to dramatically beef up armed security for school functions. Until this horror at Sandy Hook School these issues were not especially urgent. Suddenly that has changed, changed utterly and irrevocably.