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To the editor: Keep guns out of reach of youth

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Hannah Cook, 16, second from right, of Kingwood, Texas, drove down to stand in front of Santa Fe High School with her fellow high school dance teammates to show support for the students returning to class.

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Has anything really been done to stop school massacres in the U.S.? Protective gates, locked doors and security cameras help. Toledo Public Schools have 47 security personnel including 13 armed officers. There would need to be many times this number to be really effective. Even with metal detectors to screen the students entering a school, a shooter could wait outside until the students were leaving in large numbers.

One needs to be 21 years old to legally purchase alcohol. However, guns can be purchased be purchased at age18. Boys in their early teens often obtain guns, and sometimes take their parent’s or guardian’s weapons to school.

If guns were inaccessible to those under 21, the number of these mass shootings would be greatly reduced. The laws need to be changed to 21. Anyone who provides a gun to an under age person, or a parent or guardian who does not secure a gun at home, should be liable for any crimes committed.

BILL THOME SR. 
Maumee

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Trump is refreshing, but has work to do

Although Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson had a better idea on immigration — one that didn’t require a wall and tariffs and price controls — President Donald J. Trump is still a refreshing change from the Marxist, progressive direction we’ve been moving in for the last decade.

Everyone should be happy that Mr. Trump has shown a light on the players in the deep swamp and we now know their names. With some of the players abandoning ship, it may be the start of the rats abandoning the ship as the swamp drains itself.

Perhaps Mr. Trump can soon turn his attention to cleaning out the Department of Justice and ending the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts. 

JIM BOEHM
West Toledo

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