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September 22, 2017

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Letter to the editor:

Put National Guard on the job

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Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, addressed the nation Friday. He managed to spread the blame among movies, video games, playing politics and unsafe schools.

About the only thing he did not blame was lack of regulations on automatic weapons and magazines that hold upward of 100 bullets at a time.

He called for armed police in every school. That is not a far-fetched idea until we have time to get automatic weapons off the street through gun legislation.

I would not use police officers. The cost is estimated at $5.5 billion a year for that idea. I would propose using our National Guard.

Nearly every community has National Guard members. They could serve a two-week stint a year. They would only be on duty during school hours and school days. It could actually count against the time they must report each year as active members of the National Guard.

There is a lot of blame to go around, and everyone has to play a role in the solution.

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