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The Florida school shooting…. closing Pandora’s box

February 23, 2018

….this week thousands of school age children were protesting the inactivity on stronger gun control legislation. From demonstrations in Tallahassee, FL to ‘lie-in’s’ in front of the White House high school students are pushing for changes in our gun laws. On March the 24th there is to be a national ‘March for our Lives’ day where students around the nation are asked to march in protest instead of attending school. These students whose intentions are good will no doubt learn that closing ‘Pandora’s’ box with regard to new gun laws is akin to holding the morning mist in the palm of your hand.

Some of the students from, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the school where the murders took place have already learned the hard lesson that even when your intentions are good your protests may fall on deaf ears, like on February 21st when they witnessed the Florida house voting 36-71 not to take up the ban on assault weapons like the AR-15. Hopefully those same children will eventually realize that no march or protest will move our representatives to write new laws that could endanger them loosing their jobs.

Yes closing the ‘Pandora’s box’ on decades of societal change will not come overnight if ever, but once again using common sense and looking to see what has worked in relation to school shootings will point the way for others to employ it in their school. One could try many things that have worked to stop school shootings in other schools from the most basic like metal detectors to having armed law enforcement patrolling the hallways.

Then adults who work at the schools could also be enlisted to attend firearms training and later work their normal jobs while being armed. This would give any potential terrorist pause because unlike the law enforcement officer patrolling the halls this armed worker would be invisible to a potential attacker. Then strengthen the background check for purchasing a firearm and maybe have a national database of people (young and old) who have interacted with the police because of some form of violence, and lastly have any person under care for mental instability banned from owning a firearm until cleared by a doctor.

Other than

arming the children themselves

or

banning all firearms

that’s about all we can do

now that

the majority of our youth

view respect, morality and nonviolence

as

obsolete.

 

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. john permalink
    February 23, 2018 4:02 pm

    banning does nothing,,the founders realized first hand the danger of government control, armed citizens is one of the real reasons “the (our)government” has not taken completely over.
    properly trained armed teachers would go a long ways in stopping this…this crime took 6 minutes, you would have to be on site– The only thing to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun..another blame is the media throwing gas on the fire to put it out. When is the last time you watched actual , unbiased news with out an agenda ??
    Cain slew Able, maybe with a rock,, would banning rocks or guns stop this,, I think not.
    This society is broken,,no rule, no God, no real parental control and no sense// I spent 22 +yrs on the line,, when you have been there done that , come back and we will chat john

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  2. February 23, 2018 9:54 pm

    There is, NO way that schools are guaranteed to be safe, because there would always be those, who’d, “snapped”, who have disgruntlements with how the systems work, and, a ban on buying or selling guns is merely, solving the symptoms, not the disease itself!

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  3. February 24, 2018 11:49 am

    If your child hit another one with a stick would you ;
    A: give every one sticks.
    B: Give certain kids sticks that are adept with sticks to defend everyone else ( on that note: I would wonder what would happen to a black teacher holding a gun when the police showed up)
    C: take everyone’s sticks away.
    :-)

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  4. Jon permalink
    February 25, 2018 9:03 am

    A caller by the name of Tom called in to the Limbaugh show Fri. He is a city council member from a city in Minnesota which he didn’t name for obvious reasons.
    He said that due to a shortage of space at city hall, each of the city police officers has his office inside each of the schools. And of course they are armed. Rush asked him how many students have been killed & of course, none have.

    This was very interesting to me as most of the regulars here know I live in the Twin Cities.

    Sounds like a plan to me.

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  5. unalaska permalink
    February 28, 2018 2:41 pm

    I think you are wrong, Pete. And I really believe you are underestimating the power of the belief and stamina of these youth. Just like the Women’s March, this march on Washington is being taken up all over the country. Some of these kids will be registered to vote in 2018. Many more by 2020. I think the change is here.

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