To the Editor:
I’m writing in response to Mr. Heinzman’s Dec. 27 editorial on the Newtown massacre. He has good ideas on how to detect and treat the severely disturbed who tend to commit these vicious murders. His approach is therapeutic, but I would urge caution, as I believe too many of the kids get (over) medicated. But I also believe that some are so dangerous that nothing short of institutionalization can protect society.
So there’s the rub. These are very tough calls for our mental health and legal system.
But that’s for the future. Right now there are predatory cowards out there plotting more killing, especially in our “no gun,” free-fire places. More laws and regulations won’t work. The Sandy Hook killer violated many existing laws. Criminals don’t give a damn about them.
I’m all for arming trained staff or hiring professionals or both at public expense to protect our kids.
I realize many have a visceral fear and even hatred of lethal weapons in schools. But the bad guys have no fear in killing in places where no guns are allowed. Let’s have some guys who can put that fear into these predators who are looking for easy prey. There’s no fail-safe security system, but it’s irresponsible not to at least try damage control in these slaughters of the innocent.