It is in the news. It is on our minds. We talk about it at work and we talk about it at home. And we are all so glad it did not happen to us. I am, of course, talking about random, unexplained violence, the most recent being the massacre of innocent children in Connecticut. There has been a lot of discussion on what can be done to stop this type of violence. Politicians have used the opportunity to get their names and faces into the media with their typical worthless opinions, mostly implying by controlling and reducing guns we can control violence. I do, as you probably suspected, disagree.
Laws that are designed to legislate guns are just that, laws. Who obeys laws? Law abiding citizens are the ones who will obey laws. If the worse case happened and all guns were taken away from the citizenry (second amendment be damned) then we would take all guns away from law-abiding citizens, but not criminals. Sure, you have heard this before and just assume this is propaganda spewed forth by gun lovers, NRA, and people who believe in the Constitution But there is more to it than that. Simply put, gun ownership reduces violence. It has been statistically proven that locations where concealed carry is authorized, violent crime goes down.
We need to make our schools safer. We need a way to ensure access to the schools is strictly controlled. And we need to ensure that when someone does penetrate they are quickly met and decisively dealt with, up to and including deadly force. Knowing they may be immediately met with deadly force may help keep this slimy little bedbugs of humanity out, for what they want is not the killing, or the fight. They want the recognition. The thought of being remembered as the mass murderer who performed such a heinous act is what motivates them. Not much infamy in walking into a school and Bang! your dead. All that is left is to call waste collection and dispose of the carcass.
The question is, who is going to meet the dirt-bag at the door and stop the assault. I have a few suggestions. First, I think every capable adult employee of the school system should be trained and armed. How about a volunteer force? Off duty police officers, retired police officers, ex-military just to name a few. I would have no problem at all volunteering some of my time to do what I can to ensure my grandchildren come home at the end of the day. I could be wrong, but I think there would be some many trained and qualified individuals who would volunteer that some would have to be turned away. I do not think we would have to squash too many of these bugs before it turned the tide of random violence.
The founding fathers made a point of ensuring that the citizens be armed. I don’t suppose in their wildest imagination they ever considered we would need to be armed for this purpose. But the fact is, we do. Disarming citizens is not the answer. Training and arming responsible citizens is.
Those are my thoughts, what are yours?