Police officers stand next to a table of guns on...

Police officers stand next to a table of guns on display during a news conference at police headquarters in New York, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Credit: AP / Seth Wenig

As reported in Newsday, the 15-year-old boy accused of shooting a fellow student in Oregon was "heavily armed with an assault rifle, nine magazines of ammunition, handgun and knife that police said yesterday had been taken from a secured area at his family home" ["Police: Suspect in school shooting heavily armed," News, June 12].

For all those who stand tall and continue to remind families of the innocent victims of your constitutional rights to possess weapons, I for one stand equally as tall and suggest that with such rights come responsibilities.

If you choose to exercise these rights, then you have an obligation to the rest of society to make sure the weapons can't possibly fall into the hands of anyone, much less a child. I have to seriously question the definition of "secured area" in this article.

Ed Clampitt, Huntington


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