Tuesday, 22 March 2005
|1913 - I knew it.|
We've had another tragic school shooting rampage. We don't know why Jeffrey Weise killed his grandparents, then drove to his school and killed a teacher, a guard, and six students before killing himself. We may never know.
However, when I heard about it, I predicted that the Left would trot out their same old tired arguments for infringing on the people's right to keep and bear arms, yet again. I was correct, not that that was a difficult prediction to make.
In a story in tomorrow's Star-Tribune, their Washington bureau reports that Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have called on chairman Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI, to take "immediate committee action" in response. Their proposals consist mainly of "enhanced child safety guards on guns, closing of gun law “loopholes,” renewal of the federal assault weapons ban, and limits on ammunition magazine capacity" - all idiocies we've heard before.
Free clue, folks: Weise's first act was to kill his grandfather - a police officer - and take his weapons and body armor. There's not a single proposal from the gun grabbers that would have made the slightest difference, because, as a law enforcement officer, Weise's grandfather would have been exempt from every last one.
Of course, that's just a small detail to the gun grabbers. They're intent on taking away the average citizen's Second Amendment rights, and they don't let minor details like facts get in their way.
current mood: infuriated
current music: Golden Earring - Twilight Zone
The politicians know that they're going to get yelled at for allowing this to happen. The reaction isn't even vaguely surprising, from a psychological standpoint - safety comes before any of those liberty things in most peoples' minds.
The question is: what, if anything, can be done to prevent this sort of incident?
Teach the fucking teachers how to shoot and issue them handguns. Or even just let them carry their own weapons, provided they have the permit/license for their location.
The school shooting at Pearl High School was stopped *by a teacher*, with his *own* handgun. He could have stopped it sooner, but since the law didn't allow him to carry his gun on school grounds, he had to run and retrieve it from his car, which was parked a good distance away.
You ever notice how folks who fly off the handle like this *never* go looking for *armed* people to shoot down by the dozen? There's a reason for that: they're crazy, not stupid.
Yes, let's make it worse. Consider what just happened in Atlanta. Then consider that most instances of (currently non-lethal, so you don't actually hear about them) school violence happen suddenly, and they can be very, very frightening. Had teachers been carrying, either I or someone I was angry at would have been dead by now. There is a reason prison guards are never armed with guns unless they're in secure posts.
Prevent? Good question. Personally, I believe that the best hope is in making school a place where kids won't feel like they have no recourse when they get bullied, and in making it clear that bullies will be slapped down hard as many time as it takes to show them that it won't be tolerated.
See, when I was in school, I knew that "bullies [would] be slapped down hard as many times as it takes to show them that it won't be tolerated."
On the other hand, what happened then in at least one case was that the bullying was moved off of school grounds. Which raises another sticky question.
well if police didnt need guns then there would be no way for him to get the gun and shoot people to begin with. duh. a lot of protection that gun offered the police officer/grandfather anyway. guns don't kill people people kill people, but why make it easier by putting guns in peoples hands. ive never needed to use a gun so what do i know.
why make it easier by putting guns in peoples hands
Because they're already out there, and you can't stuff the genie back in the bottle. Gun confiscation - what the Left really wants, but knows it can't have without a lot of preparatory work - just doesn't work, as the many other countries that have tried it have learned the hard way.
Don't go expecting LOGIC from the Left, especially with this type of issue. You'll only be disappointed.
Because the "Right" shows how much abundance they have, like Fox News.
Hate to break it to you, but in politics, logic goes out the window.
I don't believe the Far Far (Far and Away) Right has any more sense or logic than the Ultra Liberal Left does. And you are correct, logic and politics have little more than a passing familiarity with one another.
You know - I want my daughter to grow up to be whatever it is she wants to be..... as long as she doesn't go into politics.