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“Do We Have the Courage to Stop This?”


I’ve had issues with Nicholas Kristof when he sometimes writes about education issues (see “When Bad Ideas Happen to Good Columnists”).

But his column today, “Do We Have the Courage to Stop This?” is an excellent response to yesterday’s tragedy in Connecuticut.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Hi Larry, thanks for the link to the article by Nicholas Kristof which raised some good points.

    One thing stood out for me. He mentions he received a .22 rifle fr hs 12th birthday. That shocked me. A rifle as a birthday present for a 12 year old.

    Totally outside my experience. No-one I know owns or ever owned a rifle, or a gun for that matter, now or when growing up.

    The first time I saw a rifle was at Bahrain airport in the Persian Gulf in November 1979 as our plane stopped to refuel and change crews on the way to London. I was 21 years of age. It was held by a security guard and all I remember is that it had a magazine and was dark black and short. It made me feel uneasy. On my way back to Australia I stayed in the aircraft while it refuelled in Bahrain. I felt that Bahrain airport was an unpleasant place due to the weapons held by security.

    Now many airports have heavily armed security and I have to accept that.

    But, back to my main observation… A 12 year old receiving a rifle as a present… What does that say?


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