8:00 AM EST, January 1, 2013
Not everyone views National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre as sympathetically as does letter writer Steve Peters ("NRA's LaPierre makes a compelling case," Dec. 27).
Following the Newtown, Conn., massacre, Mr. LaPierre first recommended not selling guns to the mentally ill, then changed that to recommending putting more armed guards in schools.
Yet U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein reports there were two armed police officers at the school in Columbine, which nevertheless did not prevent a massacre there.
Similarly, columnist Susan Reimer begs the question why any mother would teach her child to use guns knowing he had seen mental health professionals who failed to follow up ("Nancy Lanza, Newtown's forgotten victim," Dec. 27).
Furthermore, the shooter reportedly knew his mother planned to commit him and thought she loved the school and its students more than she loved him.
However, here are some ways to prevent future massacres: Hold gun owners accountable for locking them up in a place inaccessible to children, criminals, and the mentally ill; close gun show loopholes; ban assault weapons; and provide better care for mental illness.
HIlda Coyne, Baltimore
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