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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Money for duck studies, but not for safety?

- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 28, 2013

I'm a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and I'm not embarrassed or ashamed to admit that. I'm a strong believer in my Second Amendment rights and the Constitution. The new laws and bans some legislators want passed are just aimed at the law-abiding, safe gun owners of America and will not do a thing to stop criminals or crime.

I'm a proud loving father; my child is the most important person in my life. In a recent letter to the editor, I discussed the need to have police officers or professionally trained armed guards in schools. For some reason I got a lot of negative feedback on this from some parents, who said we do not need police or armed guards in schools. I think the government should pay for school security for our children. But the government says it does not have the funds to put guards in every school. I find that hard to believe, since our federal government spends money on the following: $384,949 to Yale University to study duck private parts, $1.5 million on a menu for people going to Mars, $325,000 to build a robotic squirrel, $750,000 on a new soccer field for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, a planned $16 million to $20 million helping students from Indonesia get master's degrees and more than $3 million in taxpayer money for President Obama's vacations. The list goes on and on — but still our government does not have the money to protect our children?

I worry every day about my child going to school. Let's face it: We are always going to have criminals and people with mental health issues to worry about in this world. We need to focus more on mental health care for the people who really need it, and stop blaming the object the person uses to commit a crime.

MARK GRABOWSKI

Clark, N.J.

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