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July 8, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Gun violence: Install security checkpoints in buildings to prevent shootings

David Stone’s guest column “How to prevent more school shootings” [Opinion, June 28] leaves unaddressed what can to be done to prevent gun shooting deaths and maimings in schools, colleges and businesses. It focuses solely on pie-in-the-sky dreams to get state legislatures (including our own) to tighten laws regarding commitment of mentally ill residents who are considered potentially violent. Meanwhile, Stone himself admits “there will be more gun violence in schools, workplaces and other venues.”

The only way to reduce the shootings and injuries to those who survive being shot is the installation of airport-style security checks with trained security guards at entrances to all schools, university and college buildings, and public commercial buildings. This is done to great effect throughout Israel.

The lack of this shows a complete lack of interest on part of elected officials at all levels of government. To stop the shootings in specific places means eliminating access to sites where most shooters engage in their deadly assaults.

All else is pedantic brouhaha and will achieve little to lessen the 25,000 to 30,000 deaths each year. And for every shooting with a lot of victims that the public and news commentators wring their hands over, there are many thousands we don’t hear about, every day, every night, in every city, burb, exurb and smaller towns and rural villages, too.

Akiva Kenny Segan, Seattle

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