Get rid of gun-free zones

Ever since the beginning of time, the world has had bad guys. We have tried many ways to come to grips with this situation.

Remember World War I? After the war, we started the League of Nations to stop wars. Remember World War II?

After the war, we started the United Nations.

Did any of that stop wars?

We decided to protect ourselves. So we have an Army, a Navy, an Air Force, the Marines and the Coast Guard.

On a local level, we also have bad guys. One of the ways we have decided to protect ourselves is to set up gun -free zones. Has that been successful? Well, if a bad guy wants to kill a bunch of people, does he go to a police station? Does he go to a gun show? No. He goes to a gun-free zone like a school.

My suggestion is to do away with the term “gun free.” Let it be known that there might be guns in schools. How that is done should be left up to the individual schools.

Remember a few years ago, we had airplane hijacking? We let it be known that some planes would be carrying air marshals who had concealed weapons. Have we had a hi-jacking lately?

Leo J. Thoennes, Federal Way

More in Opinion

Holiday season presents Centerstage fumble

Federal Way instantly loses significant cultural ground if lights go dark on Centerstage.

Sending Federal Way homeless to Burien?

Council needs to establish a policy that caps the mayor’s authority.

A time to remember, give thanks

Write down all of the many things you have to be thankful for and share it with your family.

Questions from Federal Way residents

How will the other mayors treat Mayor Ferrell after Federal Way leaves SCORE?

Blue slosh is real in Wilson, Schrier upsets

Moderate Republicans finally paid the price, as several went down to defeat.

The cornerstone of policing: Public trust

The department’s dedication to protecting community includes commitment to accountability.

Homelessness hinders local business, survey says

Federal Way Chamber gathers data on impact of homelessness for business retention.

To my sea sisters — and all military families

I now find myself in uncharted waters as a new Navy mom.

Federal Way residents need police oversight board

Changing community needs new safeguards to ensure police support comes from all different cultures.

Helping immigrants live their American dream

I tell them because I keep my father’s dream of being a teacher alive.

City Hall creates racial divide

Mayor and staff “retry” a case the city had already lost.

Reeves, Pellicciotti and election picks

Likely election winners this year.