School Shooting


The first school shooting I remember was August 1, 1966 and it took place at the University of Texas, I was a sophomore in high school.  I recall thinking: “What would happen if that happened at my school?”  At my school, there were more than enough guns and student marksmen to take any shooter out before the cops could get there. Those were the days when there was a gun in every car in the school parking lot and everyone knew how to use them. The students at my school were all united and would stand together to protect each other. We all said the “Pledge of Allegiance” while saluting our American Flag every school day. Why don’t today’s students do that? Our strength is in our unity.

Those who try to stop prayer to God and those trying to make laws to take away our guns are sowing the seeds of division. Those who plant those seeds hate this country, they won’t admit it, but they are passively working at destroying the United States of America and everything it stands for. Freedom is not free. Freedom requires responsibilities. We should remain devoted to our Constitution and stand strong and protect our fellow citizens. The first duty of parents and schools is to teach each student what it is to be an American.

Teach students to protect themselves, it will give them a better chance at a longer life, and we will all have a stronger America.



Jim Gibb