Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Gun Debate (Here We Go Again)

The horrific events of last week in Connecticut notwithstanding, there are facts that cannot be ignored.

One trained person with a firearm inside that school could have saved lives.  I find it interesting that there are dozens of fire extinguishers in every school and yet I can't recall the last time students were killed in a school fire.  I suspect there are licensed concealed firearm holders on the staff at that school, just like the ones who were present at Virginia Tech.  Unfortunately, they were not allowed to exercise their right to their own personal protection, much less the lives of the students and other faculty.  It's sad that we trust educators with to be responsible adults with their Concealed Handgun Licenses until they step foot on school property.  It's sadder still that we trust teachers with all aspects of our children's lives, but not to protect them when they need it most.

So now the rage is all about increased gun control.  Recent history clearly illustrates that if absolutely restrictive gun laws worked, Chicago would be the safest city in the US.  Indeed, Chicago's homicides outnumber US troop deaths in Afghanistan. Gun control will not solve this problem.  Crazy people control will. The Clinton Assault Weapons Ban went into effect in1994.  How many of these incidents have happened during its time?  To say that guns are the cause of these senseless deaths is to say that spoons made Oprah fat. 

Guns aren't the only or even the most prevalent killer.  The Murrah Federal Building was destroyed and hundreds were killed with common lawn fertilizer. No one seeks to ban fertilizer.  209 children drowned in backyard kiddie pools between 2001 and 2009.  No one seeks to ban kiddie pools. 
5,080 people were killed by automobiles in 2010.  None of these victims were passengers or drivers.  Still, no one Seeks to ban automobiles.  What if the shooter had used a car to mow down a group of kids on the playground?  Would Obama seek to restrict automobile usage?

If drivers are speeding through a 65mph zone at 80mph, lowering the speed limit will not slow them down.   Strict, consistent enforcement of existing laws will almost guarantee compliance.  The same applies to firearm laws.

If people genuinely wanted to protect children in schools, specific staff would be discreetly armed and well trained.  History proves that a "Gun Free Zone" sign will not keep a criminally minded assailant from doing harm any more than a lock on the door would keep a burglar from breaking in.

These are common sense statements to anyone without a hidden agenda.  The hidden agenda is the issue here.  Search who said the quote below and you'll get my point.

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."