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What Has Happened to Our Country

RECEIVED Wed., Dec. 26, 2012

Dear Editor:
    Where has the day gone when parents would walk their kids to the bus stop and be free not to worry until the bus brought them home? When kids could go to school and be able to learn how to stand up to a bullies without wondering if their holsters were empty? What has happened to a country where we worry about how much or what kind of gun you can carry and no longer the motive or the why as to how someone could decide to extinguish life in the manner that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary?
    If I could write this without question, I would; however, what is scary is that I myself do not know the answers. Something has to really snap or go wrong for someone to decide to murder innocent children, even more so someone so young himself. How does it make sense to send your kid to school with a weapon when the issue is that weapons are being brought to school?
    This world is changing, and fast. Part of this new world is that we need to change with it. I don't see how anyone could see it as a positive change if children would now be bringing their snub-nosed .38s in their lunchboxes instead of notes packed by mom and dad; and worse still, if teachers would be armed to snuff out life rather than to teach the beauty to prevent this sort of massacre.
    The world is defiantly changing, and if I change with it, I don't wish these jaded, perfunctory ideologies to be a part of my own.
With deep condolences to Monroe, surrounding Connecticut, and Northeast Coast,
Awbrey A. Collins
Elgin

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