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Homan: Finding a silver thread in Parkland

updated: 2/22/2018 2:51 PM

Students at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Florida have taken matters into their own hands.

They are standing tall for their fallen brothers and sisters by organizing a march both in Florida and in Washington to fight for stricter gun laws.

And I say, 'Bravo! '

Whether or not any serious change occurs remains to be seen, but it does a heart good to see that there are some passionate, well spoken young people hell bent on making positive change in this world.

It's just a shame it takes a tragedy to spark such change. Here's what I would like to see changed at the very least:

• Eliminate the sale of bump stocks to the general public

• Eliminate the sale of assault rifles to the general public

• Prohibit anyone from purchasing a firearm who has a history of mental illness

• Require a more thorough background check on each individual wishing to purchase a firearm

• Raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to at least 21 and prosecute any gun owner who sells to underaged buyers

Tragedies like the one in Parkland and Marshall County, Kentucky, have led to some serious discussions locally about how school and city leaders can try to prevent them from happening here.

This week, Marion's city government and school officials agreed to a deal that will go into effect next school year.

Both will pay for a full-time police officer to patrol the halls at Marion High School.

"It's not a cure-all, but a step in the right direction," said Mayor Anthony Rinella.

A baby step, but a step nonetheless. Leaders will next look at ways to make the junior high and elementary schools safer in the community.

Are metal detectors around the corner? Certainly could be. Marion has also banned the use of backpacks on school grounds.

Is it an overreaction? Maybe, but the school district is choosing to err on the side of caution and I respect that decision. It's at least worth a try.

Let me know what you think can or should be done in your community to make schools safer.

Email me your suggestions to I would love to print some in the weeks ahead.

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