The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 12, 2013

Proactive vs. reactive: Gun control from view of school shooting survivor


Weird stat that I just can’t get out of my head: in 2012, 37 people were killed in school shootings. Thirty-eight were killed by dog attacks — mostly by pitbulls and rottweilers. I know the analogy is a stretch, but does this mean we need to consider removing the teeth from all dog breeds as a precaution? Or wiping out pitbulls? Or removing dogs as a whole from our society? Of course not.

We educate our children to be cautious around strange dogs, especially those who are more prone to being violent. We report odd behavior from the neighborhood pitbull to its owner and we keep our distance. In a nutshell, we proactively do what we can to keep our families safe.

We have a choice — be proactive or reactive.

Which will our lawmakers choose over the next few weeks?

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