Been thinking about this whole dammed thing...and currently there is no way to prevent carnage even with armed guards in schools.

1. Do we want school kids to think they are living in a police state with everybody being armed to the teeth? Our whole society is so fragile, we can't be safe unless there are army of people running around with high-powered weapons to protect us?? (Where is Gort when you need him?)

2. Even with armed guards, they have to be in the right place at the right time. They can't cover the whole building unless you hire a platoon of them which is crazy and who's paying for that? It's not like education needs more activities to suck their Classroom funds away.

3. Even with a single entry / exit, so many schools have tons of window. So what is to prevent someone like the crazy in Connecticut from walking up to a series of windows and just spraying bullets through the windows? Answer: nothing !!

4. So even with two or three armed guards, they couldn't get there quick enough to stop someone who is intentionally trying to inflict carnage!! ... and has no expectations to get out alive.

So in my mind, the only way to have any chance of stopping this and the incidents like with the firemen in New York is to get the heavy power firepower weapons off the street. It will take decades !! The NRA likes to cite the fact we had an assault weapon ban that didn't work. The problem is they didn't give a long enough time to work; it will take 20 to 30 years to get the stockpiles of heavy weapons off the streets and out of the black marketeers. Even then, it won't be 100% effective, BUT kids like the one in Connecticut will have an extremely difficult time getting their hands on them. And they won't be able to break into a household to steal them.

This country has to decide how much fire power an average citizen can wheel and how much should be reserved for the military, the police, FBI, National Guard, etc. That is in number one question. I think from a constitutional standpoint, having rifles and handguns satisfies your Second Amendment rights; the average citizen cannot have any expectation of having heavier firepower. The Constitution mentions nothing about the effectiveness or the capacity of firepower - Just that you have the right to use it.

David (OFI)