Arm teachers? Really? Okay, I admit, I’ve heard it before. Over and over, in fact. It’s what failed humans say to try and protect the gun industry. But, fortunately, that one is behind us, now. We have all had a chance to see, I think, beginning with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida – where the on-duty “resource officer” (a deputy sheriff) chose not to risk his retirement by confronting an active shooter, the failure of this pretense. That guy made a choice. His retirement was more important to him than the lives of the children he had been assigned to protect. More recently, last week, in fact, we all watched an entire police force in Uvalde, Tx quivering in fear rather than face the shooter. This, after having completed specialized training in confronting active shooters only months earlier. In truth, I’ve never needed any real-time evidence. The idea was always a smokescreen of bull-pucky. But as long as the concept seemed theoretical, the sentence could be uttered and insisted upon and the “debate” about “well-regulated” militias was, essentially, fought to a draw – a “win” for the Gun Rights Advocates (GRAs).
Okay, so how about hardening the schools? Lovely. “Oh, I go to Washington Elementary Fortress!” Nice. Oh, also? Stupid. It’s just another con smokescreen. Think about it for a second. Do you really believe the cons in Congress are going to authorize the money necessary to “harden” every public school in the nation? Why, they would be forced to raise taxes on the wage thieves who have stolen so much from the working class! The other minor flaw in that stupid, stupid idea is that it’s not just schools, now, is it? We would have to fortify every public venue in the nation. Awesome.
By and large, it’s pretty much the same group who couldn’t be bothered to don a mask in an effort to protect their fellow human beings because it was such an infringement on their “freedumb.” NOW they’re willing to undergo surveillance every second they’re outside, metal detectors at their favorite restaurants, bars, and shopping venues, and pat-downs from armed security guards? You’re happy to move from checkpoint to checkpoint, “papers” in hand? Remember Sting’s stalking song? “Every breath you take, every move you make, I’ll be watching you.” The reality is, that’s what it would take to lock down our society enough to protect everyone in it from being murdered while going about one’s business. I, for one, stand opposed to surrendering my actual freedoms so you can ignore half of the Second Amendment – the “well-regulated” part.
I’ll tell you this: it sure seems stupid, to me, to be SO concerned with your freedumb, you will happily, even enthusiastically, surrender your actual freedom…