Editor: Ronald Reagan put dangerous people on the streets in 1980 when he took federal money from Dorothea Dix and other hospitals nationwide who kept the most dangerous people in a safe environment that tried to maintain their medications and improve their mental health and quality of life with doctors and therapists dedicated to this effort. Now the same people who need to be in a hospital are on the streets with guns killing children.

I tried to get dangerous people off the streets and I often failed. I got the message that the safety of the public and their protection from insane people was not the problem of the federal government, and a few thousand funerals per year were cheaper than billions being spent on the hospitals to stop this carnage. Bullets, guns and funerals were not purchased with government money.

The general public did not know the dangers communities were exposed to until now that the assault weapons ban was lifted so the sickest people can buy military-grade weapons and inflict the most harm and fear in the hearts and minds of the general population. Most of these dangerous people need to be in a hospital, not on the streets with guns. Most of the dangerous people are more sick than mean because they have a disease of the brain. My fear is we will have more dangerous people because of children being born to parents who abused drugs with a lesser ability to live normal lives and be less threatening to self or others. The legal definition of insanity is when any person is dangerous to self or others.

Arming teachers will increase gun deaths as more children will be in the middle being killed in the crossfire between the teacher and the killers with assault weapons.

John Evers