Grassroots Commentary

Stopping School Gun Violence

By George Sheffield · Feb. 20, 2013

Prolific American bank robber Willie Sutton reputedly replied to a reporter's inquiry as to why he robbed banks by saying “because that's where the money is.” Inspired by Mr. Sutton, Sutton's law states that when diagnosing a problem, one should first consider the obvious. There's no mystery why an insecure, unstable young man would pick a 'Gun Free Zone' to carry out his sick, evil act. They are cowards who want easy targets and aren't looking for a gun fight. In the little reported cases where they are confronted with armed resistance they surrender or turn their weapons on themselves.

How do we respond? The national media effectively glorify the murderous sociopath and feed the fantasy of the copy-cats by endlessly explaining how his motives are so much like theirs. They demonize resistance from the NRA without explaining they are the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners. They throw around terms like 'Assault Weapon', actually Military-style guns, that no real military would use. They are differentiated from other equally-capable guns by cosmetic similarities to actual military weapons. Just call them 'scary looking guns'.

Our national politicians nibble away at the civil rights of the individual who wants adequate means to protect themselves. They do it under the heading of “Gun Control” which isn't as much about Guns as it is about Control. None of them dares to explain how any of their proposals would effectively prevent any of those awful events. Yet they suggest a Utopian ideal that we can make laws to regulate guns and the problem will go away. How has that worked for drugs?

Our local authorities do a good job of investigating crimes and catching the bad guys. Ask yourself, why doesn't the president and congress depend on their local cops to protect them? And why are their children protected by additional, special security in their schools? It's OK for them but not for ours?

The ruling class in Washington, the leadership that hasn't done their job to enact a national budget for the last three years and are shamelessly spending our children's futures away hardly seem to be the wise ones to fix the gun violence in schools problem. They declared our schools “Gun Free Zones”. How is that working?

The national government has no business in the running of our local schools or how to protect our precious children from monsters. Our elected school boards and school administrations are most directly accountable to the public and parents. While some may find the idea of guns in schools repugnant, in the hands of a killer or a trained adult, it's time to declare no more free shoots. Let the sociopath know that he will face armed resistance at our schools just as he would at the Capitol. Charge our local school representatives to decide what, how much and how it will be paid for. We need to advise them and support them.

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.


wjm in Colorado said:

Common Sense and Marxist Ideology will never go together.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

wjm, There is no such thing as common sense in the Democratic party and the Odumbo administration. Reference John Conyers saying illegal aliens are not illegal just out of status. Hank Johnson worried about too many Marines on Guam because it might tip over. Delusional idiots might be a better term than Representative or Senator in Congress.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Wayne, don't forget the RINO's. Case in point BloominIdiot with his large soft drink ban, campaign against firearms and now his try to tell doctors how much pain killers to give patients. I did not know he had a medical degree.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 3:18 AM

rab in jo,mo replied:

Bloomingidiot is King of the World and knows what's best for everyone. Just ask him.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 8:40 AM