How you know that guns protect people, 2
When children from Sandy Hook Elementary school return to class in neighboring Monroe, Conn. today, they’ll be entering “the safest school in America,” according to the Associated Press.
“Law enforcement officers have been guarding the new school, and by the reckoning of police, it is ‘the safest school in America,’” the AP reported Thursday.
“I think right now it has to be the safest school in America,” Monroe police Lt. Keith White was quoted as saying.
Having armed guards in schools is the National Rifle Association’s suggestion for keeping children safe from the kind of terror that happened last month in Newtown, Conn.
“As parents, we do everything we can to keep our children safe. It is now time for us to assume responsibility for their safety at school,” NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said at a Dec. 21 news conference. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said.
LaPierre noted that five years ago, after the Virginia Tech mass-shooting, he called for armed security guards in every school, and the media “called me crazy.”
“But what if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he had been confronted by qualified, armed security?” LaPierre asked. “Will you at least admit it’s possible that 26 innocent lives might have been spared?”
Look, I don’t like the idea of armed guards in schools — too much of a police state vibe, and we don’t live in Israel, eg., not even remotely — but LaPierre has a point when he notes that it is probable that armed guards could have prevented at least the extent of the Newtown school massacre.
But here’s the thing: massacres of the kind we witnessed in Newtown, or VA Tech, or the Aurora theater in CO, are prevented every day in places like Utah, or Indiana, or some districts in Texas, where CCW isn’t restricted, and law-abiding citizens, trained, fingerprinted, and carrying their weapons — which they are likely never to have to draw, much less use, statistically speaking — carry those weapons into places that in other states are designated “gun-free zones,” in one of the most head-scratching bits of legislation in our nation’s history. That is, in places where CCW isn’t restricted, the very potential that a spree killer looking to tally up a hefty death toll before either surrendering or killing himself could have his plans foiled by some presumptuous private citizen with a legal weapon, is enough of a deterrent to make that spree killer look for softer targets — as the Aurora theater shooter did, skipping a number of theaters closer to home that were not designated as “gun-free zones” in order to target one that was.
Still, if you are of the mind-set that putting up a sign is a more effective deterrent than, well, an actual potentially lethal deterrent – and even if it isn’t, it’s simply more palatable, and your sensibilities should trump the rights of others to self defense – why stop with “gun-free zones”? Why not just label these mini-Utopias of peace and love, where the government simply will not permit weapons enter, “violence-free zones” — and in so doing, ban fists or rolls of quarters or knives or loose furniture or bottles, etc?
In fact, why not bring back the Briand-Kellogg Pact, and solve all the problems in the middle east, Africa, and elsewhere by outlawing war?
And the answer is obvious: because criminals don’t obey laws — particularly those that are enforced by paper or double-sided window stickers.
As the children re-enter Newtown, even anti-gun CT has decided it best to protect them by keeping close responsible adults carrying weapons. So the question becomes, if they believe that this is today a viable (and preferable) form of protection, why in several months, after the media scrutiny dies down and the fight over “gun control” is behind us, would they revert to the more pristine and self-righteous stance that guns in the hands of vetted, responsible citizens is vulgar and dangerous?
The answer to which is obviously this: they’re goddamned hypocrites, plain and simple.