Shooting Fallout — Don’t race to do wrong thing
December 26, 2012 12:00 AM | 2534 views | 5 5 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The senseless massacre of 20 children and six educators in Connecticut has spawned another chapter of the national debate on gun control, with the nation’s biggest gun lobby calling for putting armed police officers and other armed guards in schools.

Wayne LaPierre, who has spent 21 years turning the National Rifle Association into a formidable foe of gun control, blamed the Connecticut tragedy on a culture of violence and called for more guns.

The United States has 89 guns for every 100 civilians, according to the Small Arms Survey, and LaPierre said Friday, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

In what he called a “meaningful” response to “monsters” who kill, LaPierre said the NRA is developing a model security plan for schools that would involve the NRA training qualified volunteers to patrol schools and redesigning school buildings to stop the next murderer “waiting in the wings.”

Numerous obvious questions arise in response to his proposal.

Who would pay the salaries for police officers in every school?

Who would assume liability if an armed officer mistakenly killed an unarmed student? Highly trained New York City police officers chasing an armed man have shot innocent bystanders.

There is even a debate now about arming teachers. This trend is spreading from Texas, where Gov. Rick Perry says he’s happy to lead a state where some school districts permit staff to carry concealed weapons. Legislators in such disparate states as Minnesota, Florida, Oregon, South Dakota and Oklahoma are either considering legislation to permit teachers to carry guns or have already introduced such bills.

Yet what is there to prevent an armed teacher (or NRA-type armed guard) who is deeply upset or psychologically unstable from turning that gun on his students, fellow teachers or administrators?

There is a danger that the nation’s agony over the heartbreaking Connecticut carnage will fade and nothing will happen.

But better that whatever steps are taken are not taken after emotions have cooled and that those steps are thoroughly thought-through before they are implemented.

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BearCom
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January 09, 2013
Why not regulate the ammunition? Even if guns are outlawed there will still be weapons on the street. Regulating ammunition is not a panacea for this national problem, but I suspect it has a much better chance of becoming law that banning guns does
FROM TEXAS
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January 09, 2013
You have to ask yourself will you ever need bullets to protect your family or maybe you can just YouTube your own family being tied up and tortured by some occupying gang members at your house over the weekend; then they leave Monday morning . Remember 911 only goes so far you’re on your own until armed response gets to your house.
FROM TEXAS
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January 09, 2013
Liberals just out to take every law-a-biding citizen’s guns and disarm the law-a-biding public; you saw the map in New York that’s what the Fed’s want then they will have interactive map to come and disarm everybody law-a-biding citizen. If the grid goes down and after Wal-Mart’s shelves are empty you will need those so called assault weapons and 30 round clips to protect your family. I’m sure the gang bangers wouldn’t flash mob a neighborhood or anything would they. If the cop’s neighbors are no longer armed than he isn’t going to show up to work if all hell breaks loose, he knows his neighbors can no longer secure the neighborhood. Cobb isn’t a lot different than Texas a lot of people out here know the police and have plans in place to protect their neighborhoods. This isn’t April 19th 1775 and muskets and long guns won’t cut it so we aren’t giving up our most precious right to bear arms!!
vfp42
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December 27, 2012
sorry if i am too hard on you, mdj. with the recent passing of the old timer who was great for his time but painfully outdated as of late, i hope for the mdj to step up its game and more accurately reflect its drastically changed community, or flee to cherokee/bartow/paulding like all the other crusty old white folk, just please change your name if you do that
Richard thePup
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December 29, 2012
In some places in TX in the past, e.g. Harris Cty where the largest part of Houston is located, there was a program which created "reserve" police. It was completely self-supporting w/o any government funding. It needs to be looked into. There are enough retired people in Cobb and other interested citizens that this viable.
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