It’s hard to believe that the NRA thinks it can get any traction by upping the ante in school hallways. But I was on the school board once upon a time and I know that when parents feel threatened, they become somewhat, um, irrational. (Remind me to tell you about the woman who threw a baggie full of her daughter’s golden lice ridden hair at the BOE and demanded we shut the schools down until the critters were gone for good. True story. Oh, the stories I could tell.)
The NRA’s Wayne La Pierre said this today:
“The only way — the only way — to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection,” Mr. LaPierre said. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Gun-free school zones identified by signs, he said, serve only to “tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to effect maximum mayhem with minimum risk.”
“So why is the idea of a gun good when it’s used to protect the president of our country or our police but bad when it’s used to protect our children in our schools?” he continued. “They’re our kids. They’re our responsibility. And it’s not just our duty to protect them; it’s our right to protect them.”
Clever. LaPierre goes right to the gut, which has been well known to circumvent the brain, especially when it comes to parents and their children. What might be lost on parents, but certainly not lost on LaPierre, is that the latest gun catastrophe is a primo business opportunity.
If you’re terrified that your kids are going to be slaughtered on the way to second period, no amount of protection will be sufficient. I don’t think making schools into fortresses with armed guards is enough. Can we get some razor wire on the 20 foot fence? How about kevlar body armor for everyone, K-12? And forget gym class. We can have target practice every day, mandatory.
Because, according to LaPierre, childhood is for sissies and slackers. The “only way” to keep insane killers from killing our kids is to arm ourselves to the teeth, terrify parents and watch all that property tax money flow to the security industry instead of the string program or the arts teachers.
It’s the only way. Increasing the separation between insane killers and their guns will not work. Or we could try never allowing our kids to leave the womb. That might work. Don’t think it hasn’t crossed some parents’ minds.
But doesn’t that mean that the persons with the most freedom and liberty are insane killers with guns? They’re apparently allowed to do whatever they want. There’s no stopping them. And if you aren’t packing heat, well, then you’re asking for it. We can’t deprive these people of their right to be both insane and armed.
LaPierre is probably Ok with cuts to Social Security too. Damn seniors need to learn to hunt for their dinner.
In the same NYTimes article, US Rep Mike Thompson (D California) made this disturbing statement:
“Everyone agrees our schools, movie theaters shopping malls, streets and communities need to be safer,” said a statement by Representative Mike Thompson, Democrat of California. “But we need a comprehensive approach that goes beyond just arming more people with more guns to make this happen.”
I don’t agree that what we need is to make public spaces safer. The burden and expense keeps getting dumped on the innocent who can’t move around freely and must always be on their guard. I’m really shocked that a Democrat would make this statement. It’s a complete capitulation to the security industry. That’s how they want us to feel- like no place is safe enough. Shame on Thompson. He needs to be calming people down, not giving into their gut reactions to an insane act.
Lenore Skenazy at FreeRangeKids posts about the fallout of Sandy Hook that results in disintegration of community spirit and increase in distrust. I doubt that insane killers care one way or the other but the 1% are absolutely delighted that we’re eyeing each other and keeping our distances.
Hmmm, maybe what we need is Family Movie Night: