We at Wise Conservatism and Tom’s Place wish to offer our sympathies and prayers to the victims and their families of the Parkland murderer.

The bodies weren’t even cold when the usual suspects began calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment, banning assault rifles, banning all guns, create & pass more gun control legislation, etc. in the effort to “do something” to prevent another tragedy of a school shooting. What is most disturbing is that all these efforts would not have prevented another tragedy, but would attempt to disarm or hinder law-abiding citizens from owning weapons.

More laws will not prevent tragedies from happening. This country has an excess of 300 million firearms, and some (a tiny amount) are unfortunately are in the hands of psychos and criminals. It makes absolutely no sense to pass laws that will affect the law abiding and not the criminals. Indeed, it’s already against the law to murder or rob someone, another law isn’t going to affect them one damn bit.

Restricting the right of a law-abiding citizen from owning a weapon that could one day save that person’s life (or those around them) is the opposite of what the gun-grabbers say they want to do. If it saves one life, they say, then we should ban guns. Then what about the 120 lb woman defending herself against a 250 lb rapist that has murderous intent? Doesn’t she have the right to defend herself with something a bit more lethal than a rape-whistle and a phone? Taking away guns from the law-abiding doesn’t save lives – it creates easy victims.

According to (which has documented facts, figures, and statistics), firearms prevent 400,000 life-threatening violent crimes, and an estimated 2.5 million crimes each year. That is a staggering amount given that roughly 30,000 firearm related deaths (of which 2/3 are suicides) are recorded each year. The numbers are not in the favor of removing firearms from the citizens of this country.

Quite frankly, there isn’t a compelling argument that any law, regulation, or policy would prevent another mass murder involving a gun. Criminals, terrorists, or the mentally disturbed would find another way to commit chaos and destruction. For instance:

The massacre at Bath, Michigan in 1927 was committed by a disturbed person that claimed 44 lives using a bomb. And let’s not forget the Oklahoma Bombing in 1995 where 168 people were killed by a domestic terrorist using a bomb in a truck.

And if that wasn’t enough – Most, if not all, schools are so called “gun free zones” where even the resource officer (sometimes a police officer) is banned from carrying a weapon. Exactly how does a sign prevent someone from bringing a weapon or bomb onto school grounds and killing people? In every school shooting, it does not. Personally, the person(s) who thought that a sign with a law would keep school shootings from happening did not have an ounce of common sense, and as far as I’m concerned, has the blood of each and every victim on their hands.

In the instances of where there was an armed person (or a person that had access to a weapon) in a place of work or school, the body count was much, much less. Take the following instances:

  • In the Sutherland Church shooting, the killer’s rampage was cut short by another person with a rifle.
  • At the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, an armed volunteer security worker shot and killed an armed maniac who opened fire on parishioners.
  • After killing two people at the Clackamas Shopping Center, a man with a semi-automatic rifle was scared off from committing more murders after a concealed carry permit holder drew his weapon and pointed it at him. The killer retreated to a stairwell and killed himself.

There are more – a fast Internet search will come up with hundreds of instances of where a private citizen stopped a mass-murder and/or defended themselves with a weapon (most of the time, a handgun).

Regardless, government, laws, regulations, policies are useless in combating this type of crime, especially if not followed through. We have been told that if we see something amiss that we are to report it. Sure didn’t work here –

It has been revealed that the Parkland shooter was a disturbed individual. Police had been to his home multiple times, and it was known (at least to the adoptive parents) that he had a weapon. His social media posts revealed that he had weapons and made more than one threatening comment that he was going to become a “professional mass shooter.” This was reported to the FBI, and they did not investigate even though it was their policy to look into such threats.

So how exactly is government going to solve or prevent gun crime, or any other kind of crime or assault?

It can’t.

Every single law that has been passed does not prevent crime – laws only state what penalties are imposed for the crime committed.

With that in mind, here’s what I think we, as a community, should do to keep our children and ourselves safe while they are at school and away from us.

One: Arm the teachers. Despite the screaming of the naysayers (ex. “What if a teacher goes off the deep end and starts shooting kids?”), several school systems have this in place with no incidents. If memory serves me correctly, there are between 14 to 17 school systems that have trained and vetted teachers to conceal carry in the schools to protect the children. We protect banks, politicians, and celebrities with guns, why not the kids?

Two: Provide security for those schools who are unwilling or unable to train teachers to provide active security (or in addition to). I’m sure that the Liberals who scream and holler that “we must protect the children” would agree to use the funds that went to Planned Parenthood (which kills thousands of unborn children each year). I’m also sure that there are a variety of Veterans who would do this at little or no charge to the school systems

Three: Arm the students. On several college campuses, students that have concealed carry permits are allowed to carry on campus. Again, the naysayers scream that kids and guns won’t mix on campus, especially with alcohol around, but again, I have heard no issues with this policy. With the supposed reported up-tick in campus rapes (but who believes the MSM anymore…), young women protecting themselves should result in a lower incident rate of these reports.

Four: Remove all gun-free zones (or target-rich environments), but reserve the right of property holders to ban guns from their places of business providing that they will provide active security for their customers and employees.

Five: Provide gun safety classes in the schools. The Eddie Eagle program from the NRA is an excellent program for younger children. Other classes are available for older children. This should reduce the already low instances of tragedies with youngsters and weapons.

Final Thought:

We, as a society, has changed in the past five decades.

The respect for life has declined as evidenced by the entertainment we watch and the music we listen to. Movies glorify meaningless violence, and the rap culture celebrates cop-killing, gang membership, drugs, and rape. Additionally, abortion has reduced the miracle of life to an inconvenient clump of cells that has as much value as cancer.

Mental health is still an issue, and is a bigger issue no matter what anyone says. The asylums were emptied, and they are among us. Some are to be pitied, while other are to be feared. All are dangers to themselves, and as evidenced by the last several mass murders, are dangers to us as well.

The Parkland murderer had all the signs of a mentally disturbed person with homicidal tendencies. He was reported, nothing was done, and now 17 people are dead & their families are in mourning.

The weapon used is not at fault, but the murderer is responsible for his own actions. The weapon is a tool, and cannot think for itself.

Unfortunately, this is the world we live in. Psychos are out there. Criminals are out there. People that just don’t give a damn are out there, and just want to see the world burn at their hands.

We as individuals must take responsibility for our own safety, and the safety of our loved ones. We cannot push this responsibility off to government because government is just as flawed as we are.

We are responsible for ourselves.

Be well and be safe, my friends.


About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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