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Bedford PD to make 'Appropriate Adjustments' Following Conn. Shooting

Bedford Police Chief says department is 'reassessing its patrol posture.'

Count Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski among the majority of those, local and abroad, left speechless following the events that took the lives of 27 people, including 20 children, at a Connecticut elementary school yesterday.

"The tragedy in Newtown is beyond comprehension and the thoughts and prayers of all the women and men of the Bedford PD are with the victims, their loved ones, families and friends as well as all the first responders who had to handle this horrific event and will continue to do so until the case is closed," said Bryfonski.

In the wake of the tragedy, Bedford Police will be reviewing its current procedures and patrols to ensure the best practices are in place to protect Bedford children.

"The Bedford Police Department is reassessing its patrol posture in light of this tragedy and will make appropriate adjustments to assure our schools are safe and secure," he said.

Dennis Taylor December 18, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Steve, are you intentionally slandering me by calling me "nuts?" I take offense at the suggestion that a single citizen should not seek to change his or her community. I used w-o-r-d-s to argue my case against those books, not guns. I am suggesting the arming of teachers who have been vetted more carefully than our commander in chief with side-arms and rubber bullets. Most schools have only one officer on duty, armed with a side-arm, not an assault rifle. As far as tactical moves, in my scenario, there is at least one armed person between the attacker and your child. What is guaranteed to be available in your child's classroom in your scenario? An out-gunned professional in some other part of the building? I cannot see any sort of vigilante action in my idea as the teacher would be trained by our law enforcement officers. But Steve, please disarm yourself and put your name and address on the internet for all to see. Personally, I like the idea that my home may or may not be defended by lethal force at any given time. My fellow gun-owners have made sure to send that message.
Jonathan Zdziarski December 18, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Please do not assume you speak for us "fellow gun owners", Dennis. You don't, and I suspect most gun owners wouldn't want to be associated with you as a "fellow gun owner" of yours. You're making everyone normal look bad.
Dennis Taylor December 18, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Dear Jonathon: I never said that I spoke for other gun owners. However, I did say that, as a potential victim of a robbery in my home, I benefit from the existence of guns in other people's houses--as a deterrent to breaking into my house. Whether I possess a gun or not is my business, but I appreciate the Second Amendment and the protections that we all enjoy when licensed owners possess guns in their home.
Steve From NH December 18, 2012 at 09:56 PM
are you intentionally slandering me by calling me "nuts?" Nope. I said you "went nuts" because a book said that Jesus was a socialist, and WalMart treated it's workers badly. How do you feel about the easy availability of assault weapons? Do you have any better option than "arm the teachers too"? I am very surprised at your lack of indignation that a weapon and ammunition capable of such carnage is so readily available - when you and those who stood with you sure made quite a scene over words in a book. Maybe your real message is explained by your actions?
Dennis Taylor December 19, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Steve: You were welcome to testify at the school board meetings. Did you do so? Do you have any personal limits as to what teachers can teach in Bedford? If so, will you ever bother to notice or respond when the teachers pass those limits? I did and I responded. Thank you for continuing to connect me with that success. As far as the assault guns go, I would like to see a return to the ban on certain clips. Moreover, I would like to see rigorous pschological testing done on all who use or control the use of weapons in our country--including our military leaders, Congress, and president. If I were to write about gun control in the style of Barbara Ehrenreich, I might say the following: "mohammed, a known pedophile, would likely not have supported gun control as he sought to spread his religion by forceful means." If making such an accurate aside (about the pedophilia) is insulting in this public context of free participation, how much more insulting would it be to make an incorrect statement about Jesus in a setting where the teacher providing the statement is paid by the public and the students are forced to be in the class? If we are living in a tolerant society, we must extend tolerance to all faiths. The truth about each is fair game, but does not need to be shared in an intentionally offensive way, unless such facts, for example, like the pedophilia of mohammed, cannot be taught without offending listeners.

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