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    Posted December 17, 2012 by
    Pretoria, South Africa
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Newtown school shooting: Thoughts and tributes

    Gun Control


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter Wes50 from Pretoria in South Africa was horrified by the news from the U.S. of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. His own wife was caught up in a terrifying armed robbery five years ago, and the experience convinced him that the answer to such crimes is arming responsible citizens so they can defend themselves. "I carry a gun, I live with a gun -- I don't want to but I have to, not doing so is stupid," he said. "Gun control won't stop crazy men from murdering people in schools [but] if I was a teacher at that school and I was carrying a weapon, that guy would have been dead."
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Seeing the massacre at SHES is chrushing. I weep when I see the pictures of the parents, kids and family. But will gun control prevent this? No, if South Africa is anything to go by. Gun control only withholds weapons from honest citizens. The criminals always obtain them illegally. The solution is: Compulsory arming of citizens that comply with certain criteria, e.g. no crimimal record; at least 21 years of age; at least 5-50 people at each employer / facility must carry weapons at all times; etc. Imagine if 5 teachers at SHES were armed. The cowardly shooter would have been dead long before even reaching the classroom.
    Wessel Smith
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