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Letter to the editor: Let's wake up to reality for kids' sake

| Thursday, June 7, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

I didn't mean to touch a nerve with letter-writer John Tierney ( “Politicians have obligation to protect kids” ), so I'd like to better explain my thoughts.

He never said kids should have “body cavity” searches, but he did reference the “safety” of our prisons, viv-a-vis schools. That's what they do in prisons.

As for students speaking out, I'll listen provided they have a working knowledge of our Constitution. Don't preach to me about my gun rights unless you can explain why our forefathers gave us those rights.

The NRA is a real “grassroots” organization. It's a group of hard-working, tax-paying Americans who aren't being fooled by the left's ultimate goal of confiscating their guns.

On addressing bullying: My West Allegheny School District does an excellent job — but how about parents addressing it in the home?

As for more gun laws: We already have plenty. But when they're ignored or not acted upon by law enforcement and bureaucrats, like in Parkland, how will more laws help?

I assure you I've been doing my civic duty — that's why I was re-elected four times. I've supported our local police department having an armed DARE officer at our local elementary school for the last 20 years.

I think we can both agree something awful is happening to a whole generation of our kids —violence in movies and video games, social media and too many having little to no human social contact.

We have to wake up to the new reality of what's going on with our kids and stop using these incidents as excuses to further our political agendas.

Tom Gallant


The writer is a Findlay Township supervisor.

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