Posts Tagged ‘school shootings’

Santa Fe Shooting: How To Stop School Shootings

Posted by Troy on 20th May 2018 in Current Events, Human Nature

As I said about Parkland…what if a kid comes in with a shotgun and a pistol?  Which is what happened this go around.   So let’s stop talking about the AR-15s.  The type of weapon is not the issue.

There are two main camps.

One group believes guns are the issue.  These people want a total gun ban.  They know they will not get this, and instead want to chip away at private gun ownership until they achieve this goal.

The other group realizes that incremental steps will do nothing to stop these types of attacks and realize that the end goal of the first group must, indeed, be a total gun ban.

The two groups will bicker back and forth.  The first group will accuse the second group of not caring if children die.  The second group will accuse the first group of using dead kids to advance their agenda of disarmament.

I could give a long defense of the Second Amendment, but I am going to bypass all of this nonsense and actually deal with the real issue on people’s minds:

How do we stop having dead kids?

1 – Regardless of what Hollywood and others in the entertainment industry (yes, including video games) want you to believe, the glorification of violence in modern day media, particularly the elevation of murderous criminals in such entertainment, makes hearts jaded.

2 – Facebook and other social media has shoved a false importance on fame.  Having your name plastered all over social media and the news is appealing to these killers, even if they know that it will be posthumously.

3 – All of these killers were picked on and ostracized.  Alone and depressed and angry, they pick up a gun and get their revenge (again, glorified in media) and get their fame (again, pushed by social media).

If you want to stop these incidents:

1 – Portray violence as it is: dirty and shameful and beneath human dignity–that which should only be undertaken as a last resort.

2 – Media should do a total blackout of these killers’ names.  Now, that’s almost impossible in this day and age.  Some 3rd tier news organization will cover the killer with the name, but all reputable  news organizations should agree to a total blackout of the names, removing the fame component of this.

3 – Parents need to teach their kids to treat others kindly at all times.  This goes for the killers and the other kids as well.  We don’t want to talk about it because it’s tantamount to blaming the victims, but there you go.  But prior to these attacks, those kids (the killers) were victims of harsh words, derision, and possibly even physical bullying.

Remember, these guns were around beforehand, and we did not have all these shootings.  It’s not the guns.  It’s the hearts.  Remember, the Founding Fathers said that only a moral people could be free, could govern themselves.  The answer is not to turn this country into a police state.  The answer is not to remove freedoms.  The answer is to return to morality.

Long Live the Constitution!

Of Dog Fighting and Gun Control

Posted by Troy on 22nd February 2018 in Current Events, Political

People fight dogs.  It happens.  They take them as puppies and train them to fight to the death.  It is horrible, but it happens.  However, when a dog fighting ring is discovered, we do not say, “It is horrible how some people mistreat dogs.  We can prevent these abuses if we just get rid of all the dogs in America.”  No.  We understand that dogs are a good thing.  We understand that the people that abused them are the the bad ones.  We punish the humans for their offenses.  Even the most vicious dog in these circumstances is innocent of any crime other than being abused by a human with evil in his heart.  And yes, there have been cases, while decidedly rare in modern times, of murder by dog.

Statistically speaking, there are about 33,000 gun deaths in America per year.  Over half are suicides.  Once you whittle it down, it comes down to about 5,000 homicides a year.  Statistically speaking, this is nothing if you want to compare it to drug overdoses, death by medical malpractice, or a host of other causes where a fraction of effort could reduce deaths by 10% and easily outpace cutting gun deaths to zero.  You can say, “Every gun death is a tragedy,” and I will disagree.  When a rapist is killed by an innocent woman who is being attacked, that is NOT a tragedy.

Going back to the dog analogy, I compared these school shooters to a dog that’s been kicked.  I liked that analogy.  Let’s go back to the dog fighting example.  Some of these dogs, when they are discovered, are too vicious and have to be put down.  That is what these kids are.  Maybe the bullying had pushed them to these dark deeds, much the same way the abuse pushes these dogs to be killers, but that does not excuse their nature.  Their nature, at that point, is real and must be dealt with.  However, when they put these dogs down, there is nothing but sadness at what must be done.

That is how we need to execute people when it is necessary.  There should be no joy.  No self-righteous anger.  There should be a calm sadness.  It should be more like “And so it’s come to this…”  A sense of pity that we have failed these individuals.  We failed to identify that they needed help.  We failed to steer them back to the righteous path.  In so doing, we may learn to identify those who need help, to prevent such failures in the future.  This would be my fondest hope.

Long Live the Constitution!

Trump’s Round Table Discussion on Gun Control

Posted by Troy on 21st February 2018 in Current Events, Political

My God… how can people claim that this guy is some sort of irrational, Nazi, bastard?  He may be the single most reasonable person I’ve ever seen.  He had people there from different points of view.  They all had the personal tragedy happen to loved ones, and they all had something to contribute.  More importantly, everyone was respectful.  Contrast that to the group of students that came off as attention whores, more interested in their own voices, casting insults, and basking in the glow of media love and their own self-importance.  One meeting was about solutions.  The other was about attention, about community organizing.  Oh, I know what you are going to say.  “How dare you!  Do you know what those kids have been through?”  Sorry, I made it through three of their speeches, and they came off as attention whores, not as those who lost beloved friends.  There are women out there that poison and even kill their children to bask in the attention of other people’s sympathy.  In this “look at me look at me look at me” generation, yeah, I totally think it was about attention.

Here are my thoughts on what was discussed:

People are talking about banning “assault rifles” or attaching an age restriction on it.  I’m not totally against it.  I would be willing to tie it to the voting age, but that is never going to fly…so let’s attach it to the drinking age.  That way there is always going to be pressure to keep it low and prevent Democrats from raising the age to 65 or something.  Just know this…it will accomplish NOTHING!  If someone wants to shoot up a school, they are just going to use a different weapon.

I love the idea about identifying people with issues and HELPING THEM!  That one chick was screaming about getting blamed for ostracizing the guy, “You didn’t know him!  We did!”  Well, crap, maybe part of the reason he was the way he was was because you mistreated him.  Kick a dog enough, and he will bite you.  When a human bites back, we somehow forget about those who did the kicking.  Bear in mind, the Columbine shooters were bullied as well.  That doesn’t excuse what they did in retaliation, but when someone is talking about taking away my rights due to the actions of another that was driven by being mistreated, I have to wonder if the best course of action isn’t to have people be nicer to one another.

I am also not against having armed guards or having select teachers have access to a gun.  It is a bizarre argument to me that you are going to say “people may lose their temper,” or anything else.  You know how many CCWs are out there?  You know how many snap and kill someone?  It doesn’t happen.  If we do go this route, the teachers in question should be CCW permit holders, should have to be able to shoot with a greater degree of proficiency, and must do four training sessions a year and re-qualify every year and have a psych evaluation.  All of this would be volunteered, and I am sure that psychiatrists would also be willing to volunteer their services on this point.

It is true that this kid did not break the law, but there must come a certain point where someones words and actions and the frequency of contact with law enforcement attaches.  At that point, law enforcement may seize that person’s weapons and place a hold on their ability to buy additional guns.  This is not the end of the story, however.  That individual MUST have the right to challenge this in court wherein they will be subject to a psychiatric evaluation.  If cleared, their weapons must be returned to them.

We should harden soft targets.  This could involve metal detectors in some schools, where appropriate.  As one person pointed out, why was the gate open to the school prior to school being let out?

Why must ANYTHING be done at the national level anyway?  I don’t understand the obsession (well, I do, actually) that the Federal government must do something.  The states can do anything they please.  The laws that are in one state may or may not be appropriate for another state.  Why can’t we just let the states handle this problem in the best way they see how?  That way, if people in Wyoming want to buy AR-15s, and the people in Maryland don’t want to be able to buy AR-15s, there’s no trouble whatsoever.

The real reason that they push for Federal gun laws is that they want to ban all guns.  Let’s be honest.  If you made it so Cruz could get a AR-15, he would have gone in with a shotgun and a couple of pistols.  The Virginia Tech shooter had pistols and killed 33 people.  Do you really think that if this had happened, the Left would have said, “Well, there’s nothing we can do.  People have the right to get shotguns and pistols.”   No!  They would go after that as well.  They would say “Well, why do you need a pump action shotgun that can shoot 3 shells?  A break action with 2 shells is plenty for duck hunting.  And there is no reason for someone to have an automatic pistol when a 5 shot revolver will do!”  Let’s be honest.  This isn’t about stopping school shooters.  This is about stopping private gun ownership.

Now, if you want to be honest and say, “For the safety of the children, we must confiscate the hundreds of millions of guns that in the hands of peaceful citizens.  Doing so will be guaranteed to trigger a civil war.  Even if a civil war does not break out, at least a million Americans will die over their right to keep in bear arms.  So tell me what the justification of a million American deaths would be, because that would be the price of the gun ban.  And the sad thing is, that the hardcore Left would be cool with it, because they are ends justify the means types.  The sad thing is, if we ever get to that point, there is no turning back.  Once the government decides they can use armed forced to shove unpopular laws down your throat and you no longer have guns of your own, welcome to an authoritarian hell.

Long Live the Constitution!