A mad dog runs loose and murders seventeen helpless victims in a high school in Florida. Helpless onlookers all over the world cry, “We have to do something!” And, as always, that turns into “We have to blame someone!” And voila, the now inevitable wave of twits on Twitter calling the NRA a terrorist organization and, by natural extension, all its members terrorists.
Simply banning and confiscating AR15 rifles and other guns with magazines of significant cartridge capacity is the demand once again. Let’s see, fifteen million guns to be confiscated (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/america-s-rifle-why-so-many-people-love-ar-15-n831171). The cheapest for which one can be bought is about $700. That’s $10.5 billion in compensation that would be due to their legitimate owners…and it grossly understates the cost, because so many AR15s carry four-figure price tags. (Hey, gun control rabble-rousers – you weren’t planning on confiscating property legally purchased and responsibly owned by American citizens without compensation…were you?)
And where will the funding come from to send our nation’s 800,000 law enforcement officers to more than a hundred million homes to find and confiscate these guns? And what tragedy and bloodshed and shattering of rights might arise from that?
The morning after this atrocity, we were tuned to CNN. For more than an hour they discussed this incident non-stop, as if there was no other news in the world…and were absolutely tone-deaf to their own hopefully unintentional complicity in motivating the next monster. They implicitly told every thwarted loser in the country that they could get instant 24/7 fame and attention, and all they had to do for it was murder some helpless schoolkids. See: https://pjmedia.com/trending/5-things-terrible-media-communicates-every-potential-school-shooter/
When Emotion collides with Logic, Emotion resorts to lies. Read this expose of the grotesque exaggeration as to the frequency and casualty count in “school shootings” recently put forth by the now-dominant anti-gun group, “Everytown,” financed as a pet project of billionaire Michael Bloomberg: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/america-s-rifle-why-so-many-people-love-ar-15-n831171.
But none of the antis will compromise their precious political identity by supporting something that could actually work to deter or at least greatly mitigate things like this: arming selected, trained volunteer school personnel so someone there on the ground can interdict a mass murderer in time, as soon as he reveals himself as such. Some wise legislators in Alabama have already taken that approach in the wake of the Florida atrocity. http://whnt.com/2018/02/15/alabama-lawmaker-to-propose-bill-allowing-teachers-to-carry-guns-at-school/. Good for them!
Too bad something like that didn’t come in time for Aaron Feis, the courageous assistant football coach and UNARMED school security guard who was killed in the massacre. (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/parkland-school-shooting-hero-football-coach-aaron-feis-died-shielding-n848311). Per Elizabeth Chuck, Associated Press, and NBC News:“The death toll, witnesses said, would have been even higher had it not been for Feis. They said that when the gunfire broke out, Feis quickly draped himself over students, acting as a human shield.”
Note the words, “WHEN THE GUNFIRE BROKE OUT.” If that is correct, Feis was one of the first victims, or perhaps the very first. If he had been armed and could have shot back in time, how many lives would have been saved?
That, in the last analysis, is the real question. A question that those more invested in their politically-defined self-identity than they are in actually saving lives, simply refuse to face.