It reads more like a rant, like someone at the bar moaning that the world is against them, but there is an answer just listen to me and where is my beer?!
Having said that there are some points that are worth addressing because they strike a chilling or serious note:
How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame ”from a national media machine that rewards them with the wall-to-wall attention and sense of identity that they crave” while provoking others to try to make their mark?
A dozen more killers? A hundred? More? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation’s refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?
Media attention giving instant fame to a killer could well be a factor in the actions of someone perpetuating this crime. I can imagine an ostracised, isolated person who imagines themselves having no future coming up with such a rationale; assuming that they are also homicidal. That stereotype of the loner does not necessarily make it true. News reporting could try to bear this in mind so there is no question of glorifying the killer with editorial guidelines.
However with regards mentally ill. What would a database help with exactly, other than to say a condition which does not usually lead to psychotic massacres, would lead to stigmatising, and suspicion. Leading to ostracising, isolation. Not the best way to ensure people get the health care and support they need from professionals.
Perhaps stricter gun control might be valid for certain mental health reasons. After all, homosexuals are not allowed to give blood because of fears of HIV. The issue is whether the concerns are justified by statistical and scientific evidence to limit such things.
A child growing up in America witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18.
Naturally they blame for this the ” shallow corrupt and corrupting” as they emphasise film and video game industry.
Which makes me think who is allowing children access to clearly adult rated material? Who lets kids have a TV in their room, and unrestricted access to films with adult content?
The very parents who if gun owners we also hope are securing their guns safely from others.
Next having said how there is armed security at airports and banks, why not schools as well?
As parents, we do everything we can to keep our children safe. It is now time for us to assume responsibility for their safety at school. The only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away … or a minute away?
Earlier on the idea was armed security at a school – who could respond immediately. One point though. Hospitals, banks and municipal buildings in the UK do not have armed guards. Because we do have gun control for the wider population – we still have gun sprees now and again, but most gun crime is among gangs. However, appreciate the NRA are suggesting what can be done now. A legislative programme which they disagree with would take time. Armed guards guarding the perimeter of a school could, with funding, may be done sooner.
You know, five years ago, after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy. But what if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he had been confronted by qualified, armed security?
Whatever the ideal solution, Adam Lanza had about ten minutes before hearing sirens, then killing himself. It will forever haunt those involved how many lives may have been saved by a quicker response.
Economic and political theory does suggest that unions will act in the interests of their members. So who should be training these professionals guarding the schools?
Every school in America needs to immediately identify, dedicate and deploy the resources necessary to put these security forces in place right now. And the National Rifle Association, as America’s preeminent trainer of law enforcement and security personnel for the past 50 years, is ready, willing and uniquely qualified to help.
Our training programs are the most advanced in the world. That expertise must be brought to bear to protect our schools and our children now. We did it for the nation’s defense industries and military installations during World War II, and we’ll do it for our schools today.
Now that is more like it; we are the solution not the problem! The feeling is this statement was drafted by a committee. The biggest argument is what can be done immediately.
Accept they do mention financing issues, and federal funding. I assume there may be legal issues in various states. As such, this solution may have a legislative timetable such as gun control would face.
For the sake of the safety of every child in America, I call on every parent, every teacher, every school administrator and every law enforcement officer in this country to join us in the National School Shield Program and protect our children with the only line of positive defense that’s tested and proven to work.
Accept gun control has also been shown to work in countries when introduced.
The question though is this for Americans. Are you prepared to forgo your right to a gun when someone breaks into your house, if that also means people like Adam Lanza are less likely to have access to guns as well?
Till that fear is resolved, people will want guns in the belief they can use theirs before the other person does.
Might be better to ensure neither the good or bad citizen has a gun. Why does the statement not mention the genie being out of the lamp, or Pandora’s box is already open so that is impossible?
The NRA need guns out there for membership. The statement was not exactly aimed at appealing to reason.
More at supporters and those that like the company of the intoxicated. It was also aimed at those who out of fear and love think they could pull the trigger quicker than a homicidal psychopath.
Professionals may – most citizens cannot.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog