Veteran absolutely destroys fellow service member who said protecting innocent children is not our problem


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Recent bipartisan conversations within Congress are pointing to putting US military veterans to work providing security in our nation’s public schools. And some people aren’t keen on the idea.

“Stop trying to draft veterans to solve your problems. We’re busy.”

That is how Andrew Exum (assuming that is his real name) started his recent opinion piece that ran in The Atlantic. The article, entitled Putting Armed Veterans Into Schools Is Madness, is an essay that should rub every veteran with a sheepdog mentality the wrong way.

It is smug, it is arrogant and it is asinine.

It is also irrelevant, completely missing the point.

Exum pointed to the current hiring trends as the primary reason why putting armed vets in schools is a bad idea.

“For those of you who are not yourselves veterans or who do not work in the U.S. government or at a major American corporation, let me assure you that the entire hiring process in both the private sector and the public sector is geared toward hiring military veterans.”  

I do not know Andrew Exum. But I served with many like him. They didn’t serve because of anything bigger than themselves. They served for the paycheck. It was merely a job. There is no sheepdog mindset in the Exum’s of the world.

And he illustrates that throughout his article.

He continues with his employment rant, saying that “in a country with an overall unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, just how many of us do you think are unemployed?”

Is it possible that Exum believes that the only veterans who would be willing to take on the role of campus security are the ones in desperate need of a job?

Yes. Not only is it possible, it seems highly likely that this is what he believes.

“I drop my kids off at school most mornings, but I also have a job. I do not have the time to run inside and clear all of their classrooms with a firearm—although I am sure my kids and their friends would think it hilarious to watch me doing so with my trusty 28-gauge shotgun, saving them from any hostile quail found lurking under their desks.”

Oh, Andrew. You have given me so much to unpack in these two sentences.

First, you and your fixation on employment are laughable.

Second, it doesn’t say much that you are perfectly fine leaving your children in one of the thousands of schools in the country who haphazardly believe that “it will never happen here,” or simply do not have the resources to address security on their campuses.

Personally, I would be grateful for a district that took security so seriously that they had people trained in physical security keeping an eye on their campuses.

I am also grateful that you and your children live in a world where school violence can simply be dismissed by making some obscure jokes about quail hunting and the obvious reference to your 28-gauge shotgun.

Most of us would feel better knowing that someone “clearing all of their classrooms” were armed with something that could drop a bad actor from distances greater than 10 feet.

Sadly, Exum’s fixation on veterans having real jobs and better things to do, beyond serving and protecting the most innocent and vulnerable among us, isn’t the most insulting thins he had to say.

“The only veterans who have the time to do this, then, are those veterans who are mentally or physically disabled from their service, or veterans who have otherwise failed to transition back to ‘civilian life’ and find gainful employment. Many, I would respectfully argue, are the very last people you want walking around schools with firearms.”

Point of order for you, Andrew. You can’t say something so tasteless and disrespectful and then claim to be respectfully arguing your point.

Here is where I have the biggest issue with Exum’s idiotic ramblings.

He literally said that securing our children’s future is about time and the only veterans with that kind of time aren’t worth having any way. So, I need to highlight a few things.

I am a disabled Army veteran, diagnosed with both physical issues and PTSD.

I work in the physical security industry…primarily with school districts. I am gainfully employed, owning my own business.

And I would gladly engage with my local school districts if they were to pursue that avenue of approach.

So, yes, I take issue with everything that Exum is arguing on the paragraph above.

How dare you state that mental or physical disabilities from military service make vets less than desirable.

Just because you may not bear the mental or physical scars from your time in service, do not think for one second that those of us who do couldn’t run circles around you.

And here is the reason.

Those of us that would be willing to take on the role you so quickly deemed beneath you would do so for a reason that you obviously cannot fathom.

We have a servant’s heart. We serve something greater than ourselves. We are problem solvers. We welcome the opportunity to protect and defend those who cannot do so for themselves. We don’t have to wear a uniform to understand that there are things worth protecting. And our nation’s young people are one of those things.

We are equipped and trained and capable, whether people like you believe that to be true or not. So, by all means. Keep dropping your kids off and heading to that cushy desk job that keeps you so busy that you don’t have time to worry about the realities of this world and how to fix these issues.

We don’t want you anyway.

This is a job that requires a level of willingness to serve and a sense of commitment to others that you seem not to possess anyway.

“Put bluntly, though, most of us veterans have our crap together. We’re husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, Little League coaches and church elders.”

Glad you have your crap together. Too bad the rest of us that served but are now disabled do not measure up to your “crap.”

“So, stop suggesting that we solve problems that aren’t in our job jar. When we look back on our experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, we look back with a fair amount of humility about what we can and cannot do.”

Stop saying we, and use the singular “I” and “my.” That would bring that last statement clarity. Then it would say:

“So, stop suggesting that I solve problems that aren’t in my job jar. When I look back on my experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, I look back with a fair amount of humility about what I can and cannot do.”

See that would make so much more sense.

Be grateful that, even though you simply do not want to or are ill-equipped to do so, there are plenty of us that are willing to take the mantle and bear the burden of helping solve this problem.

And yes, I would include your children in the ones I would be willing to protect and safeguard, even if mine aren’t worthy of the same in your eyes.


By Sam Neves – an independent journalist and journalism student at Emerson College.

In one of the most tragic school shootings in American history, an 18-year-old mass shooter left 19 children and 2 teachers dead at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. 

In his speech about the tragedy in Uvalde, President Joe Biden spent only 2 minutes and 22 seconds mourning the 19 murdered children before turning the rest of his address into a political speech attacking gun rights, Republicans, and the “gun lobby.”

Activist and filmmaker Michael Moore said that it’s “time to repeal the second amendment.”

Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr decided to turn a press conference about the NBA conference finals into a political speech and claimed that more gun restrictions can prevent more shootings like that from happening. 

According to a timeline of the events, Uvalde police arrived at the Robb Elementary School premises one hour before the border patrol agent who ended up taking down the shooter entered the school building, which means that Uvalde police officers were waiting outside of the building for one hour while children were being executed inside. 

A mom who was at the scene on the day of the tragedy described how they could hear gunshots being fired while the police repeatedly ignored her requests for them to storm the building to rescue the kids.

When she tried to run into the school to save her children, the police tried to stop her and threatened to arrest her.

If the police had acted earlier, many of the lives of innocent children that were taken in this tragedy could have been saved. 

While many are using this tragedy as an excuse to infringe on Americans’ second amendment rights, the Uvalde shooting should serve as a lesson about the importance of the second amendment and why you should never rely exclusively on the government to protect you. 

If law-abiding civilians are no longer allowed to carry firearms, then we would depend exclusively on police officers and government agents to protect us from physical threats. But, as we could see in Uvalde, they will not always be able to protect us. This holds true especially for Uvalde residents, who would rely on that same police force to protect their community. 

Of course, not all police officers would make the same mistake that the Uvalde police made, but if you find yourself in a similar emergency situation and you have no guns to defend yourself and your family, the best you will be able to do is to just to pray and hope that the government employees will do the right thing.

However, as we’ve seen in Uvalde, just passively waiting for help might not be the best solution. 

Even before all the bodies had been identified yet, politicians such as Beto O’Rourke were already using the dead bodies of 19 children to promote his gubernatorial campaign.

I wish President Joe Biden would fulfill his promise of unifying the country and spent more time mourning the victims instead of going after his political opponents.

But while we still live in this unfortunate reality where our leaders play politics with dead children, we should remind them that the most important lesson we can learn from the Uvalde tragedy is about the importance of the second amendment and that we should not rely exclusively on the government to protect us. 


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