A new poll released today by Gallup shows that Americans favor increased security and proactive mental health treatment over gun control. The national poll of a little over 1,000 adults was conducted in the wake of the tragic murders at a Connecticuit school last Friday. As the introduction to the poll says: Americans are most likely to say that an increased police presence at schools, increased government spending on mental health screening and treatment, and decreased depiction of gun violence in entertainment venues would be effective
The public, as a whole, is not made up of morons. We know that school shooters have already broken many laws on the books, and another won´t make any difference.
Just rescind the "Gun Free Zone" designation, put up signs that state "Some employees are armed" whether or not anyone really is, and let the criminals worry themselves into moving on down the road.
Then concentrate on Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) laws, making it easier for parents to hospitalize their children, if only for an "observation period" to determine if they are a danger to themselves or others...especially others.
I see no problem with school officials having access to guns or defensive weaponry. It is not practical to walk around with firearms, but if you hear gunfire in the hallway, it would be nice to have a weapon accessible.
If it becomes common knowledge that school administrators or someone in the school is armed and willing to kill or maim anyone attempting to harm children and if those stupid "gun free zone" signs are removed...there will NEVER, I repeat NEVER be another school shooting again. Problem solved.
All these shooters besides being mentally ill are cowards who shoot themselves as soon as police arrive on the scene.
They would be better off having an armed and trained police officer in the schools. You have to figure if the perpetrator of the mass shooting in Connecticut knew that there was an armed police officer inside the entrance of the school, who would have confronted him as soon as he started to break into the locked school, that he probably would not have done what he did. As it was, as soon as he heard the first responders sirens, and knew that they were coming to get him, and he immediately took his own life.
It probably would be a lot cheaper for the school districts if they organized and hired retired police officers to do those security jobs.
I lived and went through school not far from that Connecticut school. Back then we always had guns around, but nobody got shot. In about the 5th grade we took an organized school day trip to the old Winchester Rifle Co. shooting range at New Haven, where after receiving a safety briefing everybody in the class got to shoot .22 Winchester pump rifles. The difference in relevant substance between now and then, was that those violent video games to which the Connecticut perpetrator was addicted did not exist.
This article is a false choice interpretation. Such interpretations are fraught with flaws because they suggest that it´s one or the other and that both cannot co-exist. How about having armed security at schools and a ban on semi-automatic weapons? Both can co-exist.
I don´t support the notion of school officials having guns on the school property. They would represent something that kids could get a hold of. Kids are curious and will find them.
Once again, #12. The purpose of the 2nd amendment is not self-defense or sport shooting or wilderness survival. The only reason that it is there is because the writers knew that sooner or later an overzealous government would want to turn the citizens into subjects and the only known way to prevent that would be to arm the citizens with the kind of arms that can go up against that overweening government´s army. Now, do you understand?
#13 has it right. The solution to problems with the Second Amendment, like those with the First Amendment, is more of what it protects, not less. More free speech overcomes bad speech. More legal guns overcome illegal guns. The illegal shooting stops when the legal guns arrive at the scene.
#12, if you are going to impose your theories on which firearms I might be ´allowed´ to have, do me the courtesy of learning a little bit about them. Being brainwashed by slanted network news teams that work for companies that subject viewers to thousands of hours of gun porn, and I say porn in this case because the average TV show has about as much connection to real world guns as porn does to love.
You could try spending the equivalent amount of time learning about firearms from responsible advocates as you do watching someone like Brian Ross pontificate about them. Better yet, if you hate criminals using guns in crimes, help the NRA get Project Exile going in places like Chicago. Just learning about it would give you better information to suggest future gun laws.
You want to disarm criminals and crazies. Guess what, so does EVERY legal gun owner. What you have to ask yourself is why you want to disarm someone who would only have a order of protection for self defense. Explain to the clerk on the late night shift why they should give up their semi to make you ´feel´ better.
A common report in these school shooting events is that virtually all kindergarten teachers will take any measure to protect their students...even if it means their own death. They are the last line of defense, bless them. Why have we ignored the defensive value of kindergarten teachers? Historicaly, just pointing a gun at these mentaly defective murderers will trigger an autonomic response that causes them to shoot themselves in the head.
Every kindergarten teacher in America with a Walther PPK and a shoulder holster. How´s that for a meaningful solution that puts the protection right in front of our children, at exactly the time that it is needed, in the hands of people who have shown the strength of character to protect our children. I like this option a whole lot better than seeing an army of police officers armed to the gills walking around a crime scene drinking coffee and stringing crime scene tape around everything and I seriously doubt their will be any incidents of kindergarten teachers unloading 137 rounds into any innocent suspects...or high speed chases.
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