For mortal human beings, there are many possible reactions to the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut that left 26 innocent victims dead. For instance, wailing in grief is quite popular right now, as is hugging one’s own children a little bit closer and thanking God they are still safe. Meanwhile, others have participated in candle-light vigils or expressed their outrage at the gunman on Facebook. Some have even taken to writing snarky blog posts about the inappropriateness of other people’s reactions.
For superheroes, however, there is but one possible reaction to such a tragedy: to remind everyone that if you had been there at Sandy Hook Elementary School and had access to firearms, the innocent victims would still be alive today. And so, since Oregon State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R- Central Point) moonlights as a superhero in his free time, naturally his first reaction to the tragedy was to send this email to several school superintendents in his district:
From: “Rep Richardson”
Subject: RE: Preventable Tragedy in Connecticut
Date: December 14, 2012 2:53:06 PM PST
The Sandy Hook shootings are another heart breaking failure of school personnel to ensure the protection of innocent children and adults. Sadly, most of the deaths could have been prevented.
If I had been a teacher or the principal at the Sandy Hook Elementary School and if the school district did not preclude me from having access to a firearm, either by concealed carry or locked in my desk, most of the murdered children would still be alive, and the gunman would still be dead, and not by suicide.
When will our school officials open their eyes to the reality that law enforcement officers, in such instances as these, can respond only after the unfettered killings have occurred, and that our children’s safety depends on having a number of well-trained school employees on every campus who are prepared to defend our children and save their lives?
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