First, let me say that the events that took place in Newtown, Connecticut last week are tragic and absolutely heartbreaking. Having lost two children myself, I know that there’s nothing that can be said, or done, to truly comfort these parents, or this community. It’s a hurt that is deep. A hurt that will always be there, even as the years go by. The same can be said for the adults who were lost in this tragic event as well. The best thing that we can do as a society is to be there for them, not just today when the cameras are turned on, but decades down the road as well.
That said, it infuriates me that this has been turned into a media and political soap box for “gun control”. Guns are not the issue here. Someone pulled the trigger. If not guns it could have easily been a bomb, gasoline, knives, a baseball bat or even a brick. The list of potential weapons could go on-and-on.
Do you see what I’m getting at here? This is an isolated incident involving someone who was clearly unstable and was hell-bent on killing his own mother and as many innocent people, including children, as he could before taking his own life.
Sure, the argument can be made that guns made the possibility of this “easier” to execute on such a massive scale. But on the flip-side, tighter security measures and allowing guns in the school could have made this much more difficult to execute.
Hire a security guard. Train them properly and allow them to carry firearms. Do the same with the faculty and staff at the school. Don’t expect your teachers to add “unarmed human shield” to their job title.
And with that, the argument comes back to safety concerns of an accidental shooting, or someone who is just trigger happy.
Look. If someone is properly trained, and there are certain protocols in place, such as weapon storage, I don’t have a problem with my kids going to a school where guns are. And honestly, I’d feel safer knowing that if it was necessary, someone would be there to protect my children.
But the gun control advocates will balk at that and use a tragic event like this to try to further their cause. This is a tragedy as well.