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    Posted December 15, 2012 by
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    Newtown school shooting: Thoughts and tributes

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    Horrific tragedy - status quo unacceptable

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     johnd58634 heard the news of the Newtown school shooting while at home on December 14. As a father of three older children he says he just couldn't believe another shooting happened at an elementary school. 'We have to get our public officials to do something about this, one of those issues is banning assault weapons,' he said. 'I am a believer of the second Amendment, but there has to be a ban.'

    He also suggests a way to curb violence is to implement stricter vetting for those applying for a gun permit, or try to purchase a firearm. 'It goes back to mental health as well, and family members in their homes need to be checked too. There has to be proper vetting,' he said. Besides better background checks, he also suggests more advanced technology on firearms. 'If I am approved for a gun, there has to be some technology set in place that only I can use that gun.'

    But he says the issue is greater than just gun safety, it is about making sure children are safe at schools. 'As a parent you put yourself in the situation of those parents. It's tragic to think of those parents waiting for their kids and they don't come out of the school,' he said. 'It really motivated me to demand a change be made.'
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    The gun issue is certainly one aspect of what needs to be addressed. But state governors should order school boards to assemble in emergency meetings with local law enforcement this weekend to ensure that tighter security and safety measures are in place before children return to school. If I'm governor, winter break starts Monday and kids don't go back to school until these measures are in place in EVERY school in EVERY state.
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