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10/29/2018 7:30:00 PM
COMMENTARY: Here's where we need armed guards

Jon Webb, Evansville Courier & Press Columnist

President Donald Trump offered a solution. 

He was headed to Indianapolis on Saturday when the latest national tragedy unfurled: a pathetic anti-Semite and racist named Robert Bowers busted into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and started firing.

In the end 11 people were killed, ranging in age from 54 to 97. Police told Pittsburgh station KDKA-TV that Bowers yelled something when he stormed inside: “All Jews must die!”

Trump expressed condolences and then off-handedly remarked that there was something that could have prevented multiple people from getting slaughtered.

If there had been armed guards, he suggested, maybe this could have been avoided. “They had no protection,” he said.

The "armed guards” defense is a common refrain from conservatives and gun rights activists after mass shootings. (In this country, they get to say it a lot.)

I've vehemently disagreed with them in the past, but hey: maybe they have a point.

In order for us to be safe in America and around the world, all we have to do is put armed guards at:

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