I recently had occasion to visit the Social Security office in Bend. I was greeted at the door by two uniformed and armed security officers who asked if I had a firearm, a knife, pepper spray or other dangerous items on my person. Having none, I was allowed entry. You know, if we can afford to have two officers inside the small Social Security office in Bend to protect the employees and the patrons inside the building, surely we can afford to have uniformed and armed officers inside our schools to protect the children. Instead our elected officials, led by President Obama, are wasting taxpayer money enacting gun control laws that are contrary to our Second Amendment rights, that impede free enterprise and that do nothing to protect the children inside the schools. I suggest that our senators and representatives redirect their focus on where the problem is, and that is inside the school buildings.

Dennis Harrison