Denver Rocky Mountain News
IT IS not too early to begin drawing lessons. One is that schools must become more adept at spotting potential troublemakers before they resort to gunfire. Another obvious lesson - but one largely forgotten after the shock of last year's spate of school shootings wore off - is the urgent need for concerted action by Congress, state legislatures and gun manufacturers to keep guns out of the hands of troubled youngsters. School shootings had been in decline this year, but yesterday's blasts in Colorado are a grim reminder that guns are still too readily available.
The New York Times
SOME LATE reports suggest that the killers were on a suicide mission against minorities and athletes. Whoever the targets might be, the truth is that public schools simply cannot be fortresses from the world that surrounds them.
Students are inevitably left vulnerable to the anomalous acts that erupt outside the normal patterns of crime and violence. That's no comfort after a day of savage killing. But amid so much sorrow, what comfort can there be?
YESTERDAY, IN Colorado, two gunmen stormed a suburban high school, firing down hallways with automatic weapons, murdering and wounding a score of terrified students. In Tallahassee, Gov Jeb Bush signed into law a bill relaxing Florida's feeble restraints on firearms. In the face of horrific carnage, politicians stand all too ready to embrace laws that encourage the availability and accessibility of firearms.
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