By Nathan Barton
As the nation again reels from a mass murder in a government-run, tax-funded (“public”) school, again in Texas, the ideas are coming thick and fast from all sides. Several are featured on various websites.
Some congressman representing a district in the People’s Republic of California wants to seize all “assault weapons” from an unwilling population, as reported by Tim Brown in Freedom Outpost. Oh, he’d make sure that they were paid for. Of course, since this latest killing spree used a revolver and shotgun, no doubt many people ignore this idiot. But I’m sure that “assault weapons” are just phase one of his plan.
But Freedom Outpost has another writer who has a “real solution.”
This “solution” is to put a police station, with lots of fully-armed, armored, and ready-any-thing cops, in every public school in the nation. No, not a ‘school resource officer’ or an off-duty cop playing security guard. A “quick reaction squad.” He even cites Wal-Mart and other big box stores and malls as support for this.
In the Fifty States, it is obvious that there is idiocy and stupidity on both the Tranzi and “Conservative” sides, both the hoploclastic (gun-hating) and hoplophilic (gun-loving) sides. But this guy is a lot more stupid than most, I think.
He not only wants special squads of cops to infest (excuse me, occupy) the schools, he wants it all paid for by federal subsidies: by stealing more money from taxpayers and future Americans, to pay for this insanity.
Having police in schools has already been demonstrated to be totally ineffective a very large percentage of the time. Cops in big-box stores and malls hasn’t stopped someone from coming in and gunning down a few people. Nor has having cops in nightclubs, on quays, on public biking paths, or many other places.
What such a proposal would do is make the Fifty States even more of a visible police state, in which no one can do anything without being observed by the cops. (And therefore, tacitly only with the permission of the police.)
And it would make the current 1-2 people killed by cops each day, AND the number of students and teachers killed in mass murder attacks, quickly pale in comparison to the daily death toll from the guns of cops.
So what IS “the real solution?” Here are my thoughts.
- Get your children – get ALL children – out of these prison-like gun free zones that laws and fear have made public schools in this nation. Free children from the rat-cage environment in which other students, teachers, and staff treat too many like trash, often driving them to lust after revenge.
- Teach children (who become teens and, theoretically, adults) the value of life and responsibility for their own actions.
- If we can’t get rid of public schools, then at least let faculty, admin, and staff defend themselves and their students, by openly carrying and making that status known. And at the same time, end the culture of fear of inanimate objects. Like guns.
- Stop depending on government agencies – like police and schools and special agencies – to “protect” the public from killers and “prevent” madmen from going berserk. At the same time, give people back their liberty: government cannot micromanage hourly life. Make it possible for people to be responsible for their own actions.
See why everyone wants a simple solution? Because a real solution is not simple or easy, and shows that our problem is NOT with guns, and not even with JUST schools. It is a decaying society and a collapsing civilization. (Civilization, in this case, being defined as “civility” in behavior.) That seems to be a situation of which the governor and legislature of Texas, based on their latest proposals, are oblivious. (That comes as no surprise, of course. They are politicians.)
But as with too many engineering problems, simple solutions usually do not work. They address the effects, not the causes. they are often skin-deep fixes, while the real problem is deep inside the body politic. And almost always, they are tied to “more people, more money, more laws.”
And less freedom and individual responsibility.