Skip to comments.Why doing ‘something’ won’t stop the next school shooting
Posted on 02/19/2018 10:44:10 AM PST by VegasVictor
After every mass shooting, Democrats and their allies in the media tell Americans to do something. The response to Wednesdays horrific shooting in Florida was no different. ...
Across the country, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, part-time comedian Jimmy Kimmel and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome all called on elected officials to do something.
But what is something? Without details, its like a group of lost hikers declaring they need to find their way home. Yes, everyone can agree with that, but which way do you go?
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The problem is people whose “value system” allows them to shoot up innocents. That “value system” is what you get when you eliminate Christianity/Judaism from life in America.
Any way to fix that?
Its a long response, but here is something from a guy named Simon Black, whose blog I read:
On the morning of May 18, 1927 in Bath Township, Michigan, a 55-year old municipal worker named Andrew Kehoe used a timed detonator to set off a bomb he had planted at the local school.
Kehoe was Treasurer of the School Board, so he had unfettered access to the school.
According to friends and neighbors, he was having personal issues with his wife (who he had murdered days prior) and extreme financial difficulties. He was also severely disgruntled about having lost a local election the previous autumn.
Whatever his reasons, Kehoe took out his rage on the 38 schoolchildren he killed that day.
It remains the deadliest attack on a school in US history.
Sadly, it wasnt the first— there were numerous reports of school shootings throughout the 1800s and before.
And as we all know too well, it wouldnt be the last.
Last weeks shooting in Florida is another tragic stain in the pages of US history. And its completely understandable that emotions are running high now.
People are demanding action. They want their government to do something.
The problem, of course, is what weve been talking about so far this year in our daily conversations: emotional decisions tend to be bad decisions— and that includes public policy.
We keep hearing the phrase Common Sense Gun Laws, for example.
And that certainly sounds reasonable. Who could possibly be against common sense?
[As an aside, I do wonder why common sense is only reserved for the gun control debate. Why doesnt anyone demand common sense airport security? Or a common sense federal budget?]
But its never quite so simple.
Many of these common sense solutions are emotional reactions.
As an example, the Florida shooter in last weeks tragedy is only 19 years old. So now one of the proposals being tossed around is to have a minimum age limit to be able to purchase a firearm.
I suppose if the shooter happened to have been 70 years old, people would be talking about having a maximum age limit instead.
Yet neither of these common sense solutions really solves the problem.
A big part of this is because no one really knows whats causing the problem to begin with.
We know that there are far too many people committing acts of violence in schools and other public places.
And, sure, a lot of the time they use firearms. But were also seeing murderous rampages with cement trucks, U-Hauls, and everyday appliances like pressure cookers.
Any of these can be turned into a weapon of mass destruction.
But the debate only focuses on firearms.
One side presupposes that more regulations and fewer guns will make everyone safer.
The other side of the debate, of course, argues that more guns and fewer regulations will make everyone safer.
The reality is that theres no clear evidence that either side is correct.
Australia is often held up as an example of a nation that passed strict gun laws (including confiscation) in 1996 following several mass shootings.
And yes, gun violence dropped precipitously. Australia now has one of the lowest murder rates in the world.
But contrast that with Serbia, for example, which is the #2 country in the world in terms of guns per capita (the US is #1).
Serbia has a strong gun culture and fairly liberal laws. Yet its gun violence rate is incredibly low, on par with Australias.
There are plenty of examples in the world of places that passed strict gun laws, and violence decreased (Colombia).
Others where violence INCREASED after passing strict gun laws (Venezuela, Chicago).
Other examples of places which have LOW levels of gun violence, yet liberal laws (Serbia). And still others with LOW levels of gun violence and fairly strict laws (Chile).
The point is that you can look at the data 10,000 different ways and never really find a clear correlation. So there HAS to be something else going on.
Is it cultural? Perhaps.
Japan, for example, has extremely strict firearms laws. You cant even own a sword without special permission.
And Japan, of course, has very limited gun violence. But this is not a violent culture to begin with.
You probably recall back in 2011 after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, Japanese people sat quietly outside of their collapsed homes and waited for authorities. No looting. No pillaging.
Contrast that with the city of Philadelphia earlier this month, where people were out rioting, looting, and setting property on fire simply because their football team won the Super Bowl.
Perhaps theres something about the US that has people so tightly wound they dive into violence at the first opportunity.
Maybe its all the medication people take. Or the crap in their food. Who knows. But its worth exploring the actual SOURCE of the problem rather than treating a symptom.
The larger issue, though, is that this common sense mantra is tied exclusively to LAWS.
Guess what? There are already laws, rules, regulations, and procedures on the books. Theyre not working.
In the November 2017 mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the shooter was able to purchase weapons because the Air Force erroneously failed to record his military court-martial.
And with the Florida shooting, the FBI had the suspect on a silver platter and did nothing.
Its clear that the laws on the books arent being properly implemented. Yet the solution people want is MORE LAWS.
How about better execution? How about applying that all-important common sense to the way laws are carried out?
This is conspicuously missing from the debate.
Theres almost no conversation about whats actually CAUSING the violence.
Instead, people are focused on a manifestation of that problem (guns) and demanding more laws to control that symptom even though the existing laws are being pitifully executed.
This is a pretty horrendous way to solve a problem.
The shannon wattseses don’t care as long as anything gets done. Ineffective? Don’t care. Just as long as somebody does something it shows they REALLY, REALLY, REALLY care more than conservatives who would rather see kids dead than give up their rights. Well, that’s their story anyway.
Stop feeding people psychotropic drugs.
If you don’t know the underlying symptoms you won’t fix he problem.
Gun confiscation Australian style is what they have in mind.
300 million+ guns and 2 trillion+ rounds of ammo are not going to be turned in.
The Brits tried to disarm Americans in 1775.
Metal detectors seems like a somewhat workable prevention option.
What caused you to excerpt your own material rather than posting it in full?
It’s just a free Wordpress blog.
What caused you to post your self-authored Wordpress blog as “News”?
I don’t recall much press at all when a lefty attacked Republicans at a softball game.
Yep this guy and others were under the influence of powerful drugs.
Yet the liberals don’t want to talk about that. I stead they focus on guns. And on guns only.
In Japan, the suicide rate is way higher than North America (USA and Canada). The number of teenagers in that country who kill themselves (particularly around the time of the high school national exams there) quite likely outstrips the number killed in American school shooting incidents.
Yeah right...ask Crocodile Dundee...ooopps!
He didn’t survive that aussie confiscation...........
I agree. Metal detectors now.
Jumping in front of trains was the preferred way to commit suicide in Japan in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s . I don’t know about that today.
IIRC, Trayvon Martin's school cleaned their "bad boy" record to give the appearance of a great school. It was BS.
This is Planet Earth.
Bad things happen.
Free men are armed.
Bingo. Gun confiscation is not gonna happen. Bringing back the insane asylums and going back to easier commitment grounds is not gonna happen. We live in a time of broken families, boys and girls growing up without fathers and violence glorified in movies and games. That won't change soon.
The "common sense" solution at least for the short term is security. Metal detectors, armed security and limited access points. It's already in many inner-city schools. It needs to happen in all schools.
Years ago when we had a couple of shootings in courtrooms out here the Chief Justice did not respond by calling for "common sense gun laws." The Judiciary responded by installing security. And we've had no more courthouse shootings since.
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