A letter to the editor in the Hi-Desert Star in Yucca Valley, Calif., insists that if Memorial Middle School had the Ten Commandments posted prominently the incident probably would not have happened:
If the Ten Commandments were prominently displayed in this young man's school in years past, he most certainly would have read each one. This includes the one that reads "Thou shall not kill."
Now let me get this straight. If this kid saw "Thou Shalt Not Kill," he would have left his guns at home, when he did not pay any attention to the signs which are prominently placed at every Joplin school saying firearms are not allowed in the building?
While I have written numerous times about the kneejerk reaction of some people to allowing any kind of religion in the schools, this is a different matter altogether. School shootings are not taking place because of the removal of God from the schools and as long as there are people who actually believe that simplistic suggestions like posting the Ten Commandments would make a difference, we are dooming ourselves to more such tragedies.