I have quite intentionally not commented so far on the latest killing spree in the U.S.A., because I knew that many of you would express your views, and how much more do readers need (or want) to read?
Today is different though, because I just recently heard a Trump solution … allow the teachers to carry firearms.
That has to be the most stupid thing that he has come up with to date (and there is a lot of competition in his past).
Somebody once said “Sometimes it is better to say nothing and let people think you are a fool, than to say something and remove all doubt!”? How true that is!
Trump’s logic is apparently that just knowing the teachers are armed will be the necessary deterrent
No rational mind would deduce that getting more firearms into society will reduce the incidents of shootings, including attacks on schools!
Not everybody will necessarily recognize armed teachers as a reason for not fulfilling their perceived duty. That would depend on their mental functioning ability and, as no rational person would contemplate such actions in the first place, we can conclude that irrationality prevails.
Given a classroom of (e.g.) 40 children, can we really expect anything less than a disaster, when a teacher opens fire on a killer. Doesn’t cross-fire potentially complicate matters?
The current “Wild West” thinking has to be changed. When Jesse James and similar were roaming the country, law enforcement was very localized. For people traveling across the country, it was necessary to be armed for self-protection. This is not the situation today as there are various levels of government providing law enforcement services covering the U.S.A. We like to believe that we have made progress as a society since the 1800’s … but have we?
What solutions would I propose? I am going to be extremely idealistic! I am a great believer in the idea that if you want the moon, you should aim for the stars. You might just get a star but, if you fall short, you can probably still get the moon!
Step 1: Effective (say Jan 1 2019), it will be a criminal offense to own a firearm.
Step 2: Between now and Dec 31 2018, all firearms are to be handed over to the local law enforcement agencies. There will be no questions asked. An “Arms Amnesty”!
Step 3: Anybody found carrying a firearm on or after Jan 1 will have it confiscated, and the person will be charged under criminal law.
What to do about sports hunters? I despise killing any creature under the name of “sport”. It is barbaric and puts our species to shame. We are not animals, and should not behave like them.
The above has many areas that could be debated, but by making firearms possession illegal will produce three important circumstances:
1. The amnesty period when all firearms are to be handed over to law enforcement officials will take a huge number of firearms “out of circulation”.
2. Anybody caught carrying a firearm after the amnesty period is clearly in conflict with the law. Guilt is proven by possession.
3. There will be no reason to break into buildings with the sole purpose of acquiring firearms.
While this Post is a result of the recent Florida school shooting …
Let us not forget the children that have been killed accidentally because a firearm was within reach.
Let us not forget the personal shootings that would not have happened if firearms had not been readily available.
Let us not forget the shootings that had no criminal basis whatsoever, but were simply impulsive and emotionally charged events.
Will these ideas end firearms killings? No, of course they won’t. As long as there is a criminal element, there will always be firearms and subsequent killings, but the incidents will be reduced due to the removal of “legal acquisition” of firearms.
Is there a down side? Of course! There are a lot of businesses that depend on firearms sales. Hitting the market this drastically will impact them, and their employees. The resulting financial losses at the manufacturing, retail and distribution levels, will undoubtedly be high, so the questions become:
Where do we place the higher value – On our children, their teachers, other school staff and other members of society, or should their safety be sacrificed in order to financially support the arms industry?
Are we prepared to say “The cost of gun control is too high, we’ll just have to put our kids, and everybody else, at risk!”?
Are we prepared to say “I must keep my firearm and, if that potentially puts men, women and children at risk, that is how it has to be!”?
“In God We Trust” is a very common statement printed on American currency and, I believe, on Florida’s flag. In God we certainly should trust, but that does not mean we will be saved from death if we leap off a high cliff to fall on to rocks below. God gave us a brain which is very effective at accessing risks, and generally providing us with self-preservation abilities.
We should be using those same brain functions to analyze firearms deaths, and determine the most effective ways to reduce them. To do anything less than a total ban of private firearms ownership, simply demonstrates that the U.S.A. puts a value on life which is being compared to other values, and the highest value will win … regardless of the lives that will be lost in the future.
Finally, guns do not kill people! I have heard that so many times, and I agree. The problem is the person whose finger is on the trigger. Based on that rationale, we can reduce firearms killings by either removing all the people … or removing all the guns. Does that really need to be debated?
As I recently commented in an email to a friend, I think that “God Bless America” could currently be more accurately worded “God Help America”. Let us pray that God will soon see reasons to bless America once again.
Note: So many bloggers are either based in the U.S.A., or have Followers there. Please feel free to share this Post if you wish to further the thinking about strict and broad gun control laws. The more information that is available to think about, the less persuasive will be the apparent self-serving perspectives offered by many politicians, including (sadly) the Governor of Florida.