We’ve Had Guns & Kids for Decades so why School Shootings Now?

A photo of  Baltimore Patterson High's Rifle Club taken in 1967. Not so long ago, students were using guns in school in a safe environment. Guns and students is not a recent phenomenon, but the quality of our education system as well as the psyche of our students has changed.
A photo of Baltimore Patterson High’s Rifle Club taken in 1967. Not so long ago, students were using guns in school in a safe environment. Guns and students is not a recent phenomenon, but the quality of our education system as well as the psyche of our students has changed.

Washington, DC – There are over 300 million guns in this country with over 300 million people. Some of those people are evil, and evil people are a resourceful bunch who know how to commit evil acts regardless of any laws in place to prevent them from doing so. Yet we childishly cling to gun control as if it’s the only answer to deal with this evil while our kids go to unprotected schools with unprotected teachers in unprotected classrooms. So why then are we confused when our kids get slaughtered by evil people who consciously break–or in some cases pass–every law to do it?

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Laws only matter to the people willing to obey them. Depending on laws to prevent random acts of murder is delusional at best and suicidal at worst. That’s the equivalent of holding up a “NO BITING” sign in front of a rabid dog and expecting it not to bite you. You can’t legislate away evil, you can only replace evil with something else and that something else is democracy.

So instead of wasting time adding more words to our “NO BITE” sign, how about we focus on how to stop the evil when it arises? Gun-free zone signs don’t keep guns out of schools, especially guns in the hands of mass murderers who aren’t fazed by signs telling them they’re not supposed to bring guns into schools.

A photo of the girls of the Clover Park Senior High School Rifle Club posing with their rifles. There was a time when guns in school were as American as the flag and apple pie.
A photo of the girls of the Clover Park Senior High School Rifle Club posing with their rifles. There was a time when guns in school were as American as the flag and apple pie.

But do you know what does? Metal detectors. Put metal detectors in our schools. Do you want to know why they have metal detectors in courthouses, airports, and stadiums? Because it prevents mass murderers from getting guns into these places infinitely better than a sign on a window.

And if a mass-murderer does try to bring a gun into a school and sets the metal detectors off, guess who should be there ready and willing to stop them. Armed guards. We use armed guards at banks, armed guards at jewelry stores, we use armed guards to protect everything we consider valuable. I can’t think of anything more valuable than our kids. There should be surface-to-air missiles in front of our schools as far as I’m concerned, so armed guards shouldn’t even be a question. These are our kids, the future of this ocuntry. There’s nothing more valuable, period.

And in the worst event that somebody gets past all of these things, the last layer of defense against these psychos should be our teachers. Let the teachers be armed if they want to be armed instead of forcing them to become defenseless human sacrifices that still result in kids dying. Give them the power to fight back, so that they can defend the kids we’ve entrusted to protect their minds and bodies in the first place.

Teachers in Utah at a training session that would allow them to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. In the wake of school shootings, some elected officials have called for teachers to keep firearms in their classrooms to ward off assailants.
Teachers in Utah at a training session that would allow them to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. In the wake of school shootings, some elected officials have called for teachers to keep firearms in their classrooms to ward off assailants.

A gun is neither evil nor good, the person standing behind the gun is. But sadly, the anti-gun lobby won’t even consider options that have a realistic possibility of making this country safer, “because we don’t want evil guns in our schools and metal detectors would be unsightly.” No. What it is is that gun control lobbyists don’t want a visual representation of our reality. The anti-gun lobby just want to be able to continue living in their mental utopia – or continuing to labor under the mistaken impression that feeling safe is more important than being safe. We fooled ourselves into thinking that we have a right to feel safe, and we don’t. We do however have a right to protect our lives. We are victims of our success. We fooled ourselves into thinking that we are so progressive and civilized that we’ve somehow transcended the reach of evil. Where virtue signaling and pacifism is more important than survival – it’s not.

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The problem is this threat isn’t coming from the outside. There isn’t some outside force shooting these schools up. It’s our kids, fathers, brothers, cousins, and nephews. But what the liberals can’t wrap their heads around is the fact that the threat is already in our houses. It stems from a lack of personal responsibility and explains why this country is mired in an opioid epidemic – why deal with your problems when you can drug yourself to forget them? So the idea of putting up metal detectors, having armed guards, and arming teachers is a constant reminder that no matter how progressive you become you can’t out progress evil. You’re still vulnerable. And there’s nothing you can do about it except prepare. You can’t march away evil, you can’t shame evil away, and you can’t talk to it nicely. All you can do is prepare for that moment as best as you can. So that when it rears its ugly head you’re in a position to fight it head-on–or, in the case of school shootings, the people we entrust to take care of our kids can fight it head-on. That’s what guns allow us to do.

Two things can be right at once – a gun can be used for good and a gun can be used for evil. We need to grow up and understand that guns aren’t going anywhere and neither are evil people who do horrible things. So let’s stop wasting our energy talking about ineffective gun control, and start focusing on ways to actively save lives instead of moving air around the room about gun control.

And while we’re at it, let’s also focus on why we’re raising cold-blooded killers. Because we’ve always had guns, but the kids in the past weren’t shooting up schools like this.

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