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In the aftermath of the tragic Parkland, Florida school shooting of Valentine’s Day, there were no shortage of differing opinions on what should be done to ensure the safety of our nation’s children.

Some of the more predictable arguments came calling from not so distant past, such as the idea of repealing the Second Amendment altogether.  This naive narrative was being propagated by the nation’s youth, propped up no doubt by the mainstream media, and their connection to the events of Parkland were far too familiar to draw any criticism from those concerned with tact.

On the other side of the coin, there were a number of effort to immediately arm either teachers, staff, or outside security forces to protect our children while they learn.

One of the Parkland victims’ fathers tends to err on the side of the latter.

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Andrew Pollack, father of Parkland casualty Meadow Pollack, penned a piece for USA Today that clearly stated his hopes for the immediate future.

“The responsibility to protect our children in schools across America is something that requires the voice of every citizen. We can’t do it alone, and we can’t accomplish this task with political warfare occurring between us.

“We can’t let disagreement in the halls of our state legislatures, Congress, school boards, sidewalks or local communities divide us and prevent us from getting done the reforms we know we can agree on. We can fix the weaknesses in our schools’ security with practical changes in the short term, while the more contentious issues surroundingfirearm policy play out over the long term. There are basic, important and life-protecting policies we can enact right now to fix the problem of violence in our schools.

“Americans for Children’s Lives and School Safety has produced an eight-point plan to protect our children and our schools, and it revolves around basic security principles. If enacted, our recommendations would elevate our school safety to the same level as sports arenas, government buildings, courthouses and military bases. We currently protect our adults, protect our politicians and protect our public buildings, and it is imperative we protect our children using comparable security protocols.”

Pollack is right; the fight over the Second Amendment will go on seemingly forever, and there is no reason to leave our children under-protected in the meantime, and while we still have the right to do so.


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