051018 Guns at school: what can work

051018 Guns at school: what can work

Well, having shot down the idea of banning guns by pointing out that a black market would just spring up in guns – as it did in booze and drugs, and as the Left insists it would in abortions – we now feel obliged to suggest a solution.

Okay, here’s something that has a pretty good chance of working.  Instead of activating 10,000 National Guard troops for the same two weeks in the summer … activate them 530 at a time during the school year and have them guard our schools.  Five-man teams at each of 100 campuses with a HQ group of 30.  Those 30 would handle communications, command and control, and logistics … plus three more five-man teams as ready-reaction force.

These are trained professional soldiers and would react appropriately.  They could provide very good training to the students, faculty and staff about how to respond in a crisis.  The campus duty wouldn’t impair their readiness – they’d be practicing some useful combat skills such as perimeter security, patrolling, communications discipline, building rapport with the local population, manning checkpoints, and so on.  They could have training sessions at night during their two-week stint, keeping up to date on first aid, communications, vehicles, etc., and could have weapons training and field exercises on the weekends of their two weeks.

Active-duty units could rotate in for one week out of the year.  That wouldn’t impair their readiness, either, they’d still get 51 weeks of their current training regime, and could be attached to the National Guard for a week of campus duty.

That takes care of the short-term fix, stopping the shooters.  But there’s also a long-term fix that is needed:  getting people to stop thinking that choosing to shoot others is an acceptable option.  The schools are not entirely blameless here, and they need to play a role in fixing it.  Our society has been brainwashing people for many decades that two terribly destructive attitudes should guide our behavior.

One is that there are no absolutes, there is no authoritative definition of right and wrong to which we must submit, there is no right to life.  The second is that we are not supposed to experience disappointment, and if we happen to suffer a disappointment it can only be because some evil person wronged us.  Well, when those two pieces of nonsense are swirling around in your head, it’s not hard to arrive at the conclusion that you’re justified in shooting the evil bastards who did you wrong.

We need to teach people that God created us and He’s in charge, and that murder is wrong.  And that life is full of disappointment – and it can teach us, strengthen us.  Not everyone who applies for a job gets it; not everyone who makes a sales presentation gets the order; not everyone who writes a manuscript gets a book deal; not everyone who sings an audition gets a recording contract; not every crop we plant comes up with the average yield we anticipated; not everyone who runs for office wins the election.  In nature, as well, we see this:  not every salmon who tries to swim upstream to the spawning grounds, makes it (many are caught and eaten by bears); not every bear who goes fishing catches a salmon every time; and so on.  When we make an attempt and fall short, then we learn from it and work hard to improve so we can do better on our next attempt.

It is tragic that so many of what should be the pillars of our society, have succumbed to this nonsense:  stridently teaching that there is no right or wrong, nor should there be any disappointment … but then claiming to be shocked (SHOCKED, they say!) when people follow those teachings to their logical conclusion.  If we actually want different results than what we’ve been getting, we must make different choices than those we’ve been making.


ERpundit  –  05/10/2018

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