The “town meeting” on CNN that was supposed to be a debate was, as many of us suspected it would be, a monstrously one-sided setup for the prohibitionist viewpoint. It should go down in history as one of the great sandbag jobs of all time.
The young man from the victimized school who has become the poster child for the anti-gun movement that grew out of the Valentine’s Day atrocity in Florida didn’t like hearing that President Trump had come out in favor of the very logical approach of arming school personnel who volunteered for that duty and were appropriately trained for the task. http://time.com/5170304/trump-teachers-armed-guns-florida-school-shooting/ . The young man said he didn’t think there was time or money for training the teachers to be guardians. (One wonders where he thinks the nation will find the time and the money to confiscate expensive firearms from millions of law-abiding gun owners.)
The Israelis figured out the right answer decades ago: https://www.westernjournal.com/israel-2-school-attacks-44-years-heres-make-sure-kids-safe/?utm_source=push&utm_medium=westernjournalism&utm_content=2018-02-21&utm_campaign=manualpost%3E .
And, ignoring the spectacular success of teachers and trained volunteers being armed in Israeli schools in the wake of the Ma’alot massacre, there were knee-jerk reactions like this: https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/02/22/trumps-proposal-to-arm-teachers-panned-as-a-colossally-stupid-idea/23368809/ .
The “town meeting” was rife with hypocrisy. The anti-gun Broward County sheriff did not have the best answers when NRA’s Dana Loesch asked him why some 39 complaints against the soon-to-be mass murderer did not lead to the creature being taken off the streets. The sheriff declared that AR15s were useful only for killing large numbers of people … and then announced that he would instruct his deputies to sling up and carry their AR15s when proactively patrolling schools.
But, such self-contradiction should not have come as a surprise to CNN, which has done so much to glamorize mass murderers this time and long before with 24/7 news coverage that made them rock stars to be emulated by every other sicko watching at home and planning his own evil “blaze of glory.”