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I awoke Saturday morning to hopefully enjoy the weekend…until I was hit in the psychic gut with the horrific memory of Friday: Hundreds are mourning the loss of 20 children, 6 adults, and a deranged 20-year-old who killed himself after a shooting rampage.
Like many Americans, I placed myself, and the memory of my son attending public schools, into the “what if” category…and cried one more time.
I thought back to when my youngster was carefree, learning, trusting, his life before him in a setting that afforded love, tolerance, encouragement.
Thank God he, and his mom and I, did not have to endure such horror.
The story continues to unfold and the victims have yet to be buried. Yet the gun-control debate began within hours of the tragedy. President Obama said the nation needs “meaningful action,” New York Mayor Bloomfield called for “a bill to Congress to fix this problem.” New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler urged the President to pressure Congress by “exploit(ing)” the tragedy. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten echoed the call for more anti-gun legislation.
Let me say, as God is my witness, if a total gun ban and confiscation of guns would end the madness, I would begrudgingly support such action.
But it would not. History, and this tragic loss of life, proves it.
Connecticut has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation, and Adam Lanza broke them all with impunity. Among them: Not of legal age to own a firearm…had no license to carry a firearm…went to a public school while armed…broke into a “gun free” school (with new security measures, no less).
Lanza also stole the legal, and registered, weapons from his mother… and committed murder, the most serious breach of law and human existence.
There are scores, if not hundreds, of compelling and credible studies that show criminals (and the deranged) ignore gun laws, prove police cannot be everywhere, and that armed, responsible, citizens can make the difference in such situations.
Let us follow Israel’s lead.
When Islamic terrorists began killing students at “soft targets” such as the school Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva in 2008, teachers and staff were encouraged to become trained and arm themselves. Parents now pay an average of 20 dollars per student for an armed security guard, and according to some reports, staff are still encouraged to pack and carry. Soft targets are now hardened, and such attacks are rare to non-existent.
Let the states, not Congress, debate this issue, this terror we face.
If Connecticut citizens want to go door-to-door and place checkpoints at its borders to confiscate guns, perhaps establish some sort of “Minority Report” to proactively decide who is a potential threat and who is not, so be it. There is no doubt merit in identifying, and helping, the mentally ill; but ultimately, it is a cultural problem, a spiritual problem, problems no law can correct or enforce answers to.
History and logic point to a more effective, cost-efficient, and constitutional way to end the madness.
The time has come to protect the classroom, the place of worship, the public park and other “soft targets;” train and enlist teachers, staff, and fellow responsible citizens to protect their own, and, if need be, literally kill the cancer before it spreads.
Notice, by far, the mass shootings of 2012 have been where there are “gun free” zones; unfortunately, they are not free of evil.
Edmund Burke said it well: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”