Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Community Vigil - Dec. 27

The recently-appointed and newly-elected Leslie Schermerhorn, McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Schools, has announced a candlelight vigil on the Woodstock Square tomorrow (Thursday), December 27, from 4:30-5:15PM.

This is going to stop shootings and violence in schools. Right.

Would it be tacky for those interested in actually doing something about gun violence in schools to be at all exits from the Park in the Square and passing out fliers in favor of concealed carry in Illinois and elimination of gun-free zones?

Wayne LaPierre said it clearly and distinctly last Friday, when he said, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." Eighteen words.

He could have danced around for 5-10-15 minutes and tried to find "nice" words that would offend fewer people, but he summed it up in 18 words.

We the People will support the police in doing their jobs. The police cannot be everywhere. In fact, we don't want them everywhere. In the minutes it takes them to arrive and get a handle on a situation before moving in, many can die.

If teachers were armed and, additionally, civilian guards and parents could "carry" in schools, our children would be much safer. If a threat arises, it could be dealt with quickly.

It's working in Harrold, Texas, and in other towns.


sixcedars said...

I don't remember Ms. Schermerhorn (or anyone who helped organize this event)say that it would stop the shootings and violence in schools.

It was stated that the vigil was to be in remembrance of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings, and to acknowledge that there's nothing more important than protecting our children (to paraphrase Donna Kurtz's quote in the NW Herald).

Why do you always have to be so negative about everything?

Gus said...

A brief announcement on the Superintendent's webpage mentioned the remembrance theme.

A longer announcement on the County's website, also from her office, can be read here:

Sorry if you feel I'm negative. Lighting a candle, singing folk songs and a minute of silence will not protect our kids.

sixcedars said...

Please go back and read your posts for the past month - you have been negative for a long time now, the past month's posts just seem to be worse than normal.

Of course, that's your choice - just as it is mine not to read this blog any longer. I used to enjoy it, but not any more. Your negativity is draining and is not productive to Woodstock or McHenry County.

And please, YOU go back and read those announcements - NO WHERE does it say this vigil will protect anyone's children. Can't believe it so offends you that people want to remember and empathize with the victims in Newtown CT.

Gus said...

The vigil doesn't "offend" me.

If I am offended by anything, it is the lack of public outcry for immediate steps to protect our children in our schools.

What are our school superintendents and the Supt. of the county regional office doing about THAT?

What are YOU doing about that?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you can sponsor a vigil for Grafton Township... as they are in as much distress than anyone; and with those %&&$%#&^#'s, gun-play could come into action! Doh.