My home state of Colorado is in the news because of a horrible school shooting. Yes, it’s happened again. Lives were lost, and lives will be forever changed. The country mourns for the victims and their families, but there is a good chance this is going to happen again and again. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in now.
After every one of these tragedies, I’m always waiting to hear from certain groups and politicians that will rant about how guns are the problem and we need to take them away.
Because, according to some people, this is the real problem. Not the mental health epidemic, not the fact that teachers are often powerless in today’s educational environment to discipline students and, God forbid, hold them accountable for anything. Nope. Guns are the real problem.
I did a little test last year with my AR-15. I put it in my backyard against a tree and watched it for a long time. When my wife came outside and asked me what I was doing I said I was waiting for the rifle to shoot someone.
Believe me when I say that certain people in government would love nothing more than to take your guns. Because an unarmed society is a helpless society. This was the first thing a certain dictator and tyrant did to a little country called Germany decades ago, and we all know how that worked out.
And, let’s not forget that some of the worst attacks on American soil had nothing to do with firearms. They’ve involved box cutters, planes (9/11) and fertilizer in a rental truck (Oklahoma City bombing).
So, let’s play this out. Poof – guns, rifles and all weapons that shoot projectiles are now illegal. Our problems and worries are gone, right?
But, what do you do with the millions of weapons that are still out there? Go door to door and forcibly take them from citizens? Yeah, that won’t work and it’s a quick recipe for a civil war.
Oh, and I am sure that criminals and other people that want to do harm to society will be the first to turn over the weapons, right? Wrong. It always amazes me that the same politicians who want to take weapons away are the same politicians who are guarded by ARMED security. Hmmm… hypocrisy comes to mind.
Here is one solution that will probably be unpopular with many, but I don’t care. I say arm the teachers who want to be armed. I am willing to bet that some of them would want to. The more the better.
The average active shooter incident doesn’t last that long. Minutes. Lives can change in minutes. Seconds really. Why not give the victims a better chance of survival? It’s either that or wait until law enforcement gets into the school and eliminates the threat immediately before anything happens, because that is reality and happens all the time. Ok, now back to reality.
I know the opposition to this – But most teachers aren’t trained to shoot. So, train them.
But they will have a gun in the classroom. Yes, but they won’t have a gun sitting out on the desk, so students have access to it. The weapon will be secured in an area that is easily accessible.
We armed pilots after 9/11 so why wouldn’t we let teachers be armed so they can protect our most precious resource, our children?
Our current course isn’t sustainable and it’s out of control. Stop the politics and let’s start providing real solutions to this epidemic that is not going to stop. We can hope it does, but hope is not a strategy.
If it’s predictable it’s preventable.