- The Washington Times - Friday, April 12, 2013

During the early 20th century, every week of the year approximately 10 schoolhouses in the country were partially or totally destroyed by fire. In one blaze alone, 178 children died. No one suggested stationing a fireman at each school. They designed better fire-protection systems and built fire-hose cabinets for each floor, as well as improved fire escapes.

Today, we have seen many armed shootings at our schools and colleges. The reasons are debatable, but the remedy, as with fire protection, certainly is not the crazy notion to put armed guards on every floor in every school (all 125,000 public schools and 1,500 public colleges), nor to ban all guns being used for any purpose as some suggest. (That’s more than 300 million firearms.)

What is needed is a simple, effective and affordable solution, similar to the solution employed to combat school fires: a secure gun cabinet in every school maintaining a shotgun, a handgun and ammunition, several school personnel trained and certified in the operation of all school defensive armaments and special gun-cabinet access cards to certified personnel only.

We must never infringe on or weaken any of our constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms, or any of the other liberties that have made us the grand country and free people we are today.

JOSEPH J. CARO

Huntington Beach, Calif.