New York City covers about 300 square miles and has 33,000 police officers. Douglas County, Oregon, covers 2,000 square miles and has one sheriff to police (with the help of limited state police) all of the county outside of larger towns.
The governor of New York says that no one needs an assault weapon or large-capacity magazines. Tell that to the rancher in Arizona on the coyote trail, where armed foreigners (who regularly murder both here and in their home countries) routinely transit their ranches with drugs and illegal immigrants.
I lived for a few months in New York City, and regardless of the time of day or night, I never went out when I didn’t see a police presence. Yet I have driven from Sweet Home to Portland and back and never seen one.
In the U.S. with over 300 million weapons, crime rates are declining. In Australia and England, where weapons have been confiscated, they are rising. To me that says it all.
And guns are not the answer for our schools. What needs to be done is to install secure doors on all rooms that can be controlled from a secure, remote location and from inside the room along with an elaborate system of electronic surveillance.
During breaks the doors would be unlocked from the central location and the school carefully monitored with the electronic system. Windows on the first level would have one-way glass or a film like is used in cars and an escape hatch to the outside. Upper levels would have trapdoors and ladders to lower levels and the hatches.
William C. Curtis
Sweet Home (Jan. 16)