So when the NRA urges armed guards for every school, critics are wrong to counter that an armed guard at Columbine High School failed to halt that massacre. The NRA is right — we must install armed guards. But we cannot stop there.
We must close the gun-show loopholes and institute background checks for every gun buyer. We must ban military-style assault weapons and large-capacity ammo magazines. We must overhaul mental-health programs to reduce the number of people who slip through the system and endanger others.
America’s gun-cultured population faces a test we cannot afford to flunk yet again. What must we do to best safeguard our loved ones?
Answer: All of the above.
Martin Schram writes political analysis for Scripps Howard News Service.