Letter: Don’t count on the government

Thursday, March 08, 2018
Don’t count on the government

“This senseless violence will end when we love our children more than we love our guns.” We’ve heard this a lot lately, from “politicians” and “talking heads” in the media.

Listening to a father in Florida who lost his child it occurred to me: We can’t enter a government building in Washington, D.C., without emptying our pockets and walking through a metal detector. The Manchester IRS building cannot be entered without emptying pockets and walking through a metal detector. Concord has a federal courthouse where everyone must empty their pockets and walk through a metal detector. Across the street from this federal courthouse in Concord is an elementary school with a sign posted that says “Gun-free zone.”

Perhaps we should protect our children as much as we protect our government employees.

Government tells us “see something, say something.” A lot of people in Florida saw something and said something – to the FBI, to state and local authorities – to no avail and experienced a massive, devastating failure of government at every level. Every generation eventually learns the same hard lesson. If you structure your life to depend on government, you will be disappointed.