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The real lessons of Parkland shooting

The real lessons of Parkland shooting

The latest massacre in Parkland, Fla. highlighted four failures: First, if you see something, say something. What was seen was ignored and what was said was ear piercing but ignored. Second, it was a failure of government across the board from the county police to the county school up to the venerable FBI. Third, gun-free zones are total failures; they are shooting galleries for the demented and wicked. And finally, the absence of armed security personnel helped no one. Their presence could have limited the carnage.

In the Florida nightmare, the coach who was hiding students was shot. Had he been armed, he could have fired back or fired first. In St. Mary's County, the attacker...