[This is the shortest, but no doubt the most important blog I have written. Many will not like what I say, but that is okay; it needs to be said. ]
The slaughter of innocents continues. Seventeen lives – three teachers and fourteen children ages 14 to 18 – were killed on Valentine’s Day with an assault rifle in a cold-blooded premeditated massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. For those who say it is a mental health issue, you are correct – only a cowardly sick psycho could do such a thing! For those who say it is a gun control issue, you are correct – only a society with twisted priorities could allow such a thing to happen over and over again without legislating stricter gun control!
When children are being regularly slaughtered in our nation’s schools, it is against common sense and all that is sane to continue to use the Second Amendment and the asinine excuse high-powered assault rifles are only deadly in the hands of the mentally ill as a defense for the civilian ownership of such weapons. Tighter gun control is not an attack on the Second Amendment, but even if it was, we should be worried more about the lives of our children than the guns in our closets. I support the Second Amendment, and I do not advocate repeal of the amendment, but as a gun owner, I am in full support of tighter gun control legislation that will help keep assault rifles out of the hands of everyone but law enforcement and the military.
Of course, as with previous school shootings, such legislation is not likely to happen. As a nation we cry out in horror against school violence for maybe a week, two at the most, after it happens, and as we have for all the other countless shootings, after about three weeks, we forget it ever happened and return to our nonchalant lives of Facebook and shopping at Walmart. It is not that we don’t care, most Americans care greatly, but the only solace we have is our prayers and the relief the tragedy did not happen in our community school. For now that is all we have, our nation’s leaders have left its citizens to shoulder this grave dilemma on our own. Our leaders at both the state and national levels are either unable or unwilling to tackle this issue; they keep hoping it will simply go away.
However, if we do nothing once again, communities across the nation need to stock their school supply closets with body bags because the school shootings will continue. School lock down drills and intruder red codes may make us feel better, but they have proven to be of little help in an actual school shooter situation. God forgive me for saying this, but if the legislatures, both state and national, cannot come together on this issue, then for Heaven’s sake, please arm the teachers and administrators, so schools at least have a fighting chance if confronted with a shooter. We can’t seem to address this issue with common sense, so why not return to the six-gun toting days of the Old West? That would at least appease the gun lobbyists, and isn’t that who so many of our state and national leaders would rather appease?
I am not concerned in the least if there are people who disagree with me. I am concerned – NO, SCARED TO DEATH – the schools my grandchildren attend could be next. My and your Second Amendment rights don’t mean squat when it comes to the safety of my grandchildren, and I believe most people feel the same as I do.
©Jack Linton, February 17, 2018