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Letter: Pay attention

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

This is a follow-up to my last letter to the editor (“We should all do our part,” June 2 Readers Write).

Secure your firearms and know where they are at all times. If you think your child doesn’t know where they are, you’re probably wrong. If you think your child is “too smart” to touch them, you’re likely wrong. Responsibilities come with rights.

Pay attention. The lessons from past school shootings teach us that these shooters carried out much of their planning in plain sight. The 11- and 13-year-old shooters, who fatally shot four students and a teacher, wounding 10 more, loaded a van the night before with nine weapons, 2,000 rounds of ammunition, food, and camping supplies. No one noticed them in this activity.

The next morning, the 13-year-old took his mother’s van and drove to pick up the 11-year-old, nearly wrecking the vehicle. They stopped at three gas stations but neither knew how to pump gas. No one helped them at the first two stations ...

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