"These tragedies must end, and to end them we must change."I agree with President Obama, but I suspect our strategies to affect that change will be radically different. Take a few moments to peruse the images below:
With one possible exception, does anyone believe gun control laws would have prevented the murders these men committed or for which they were directly responsible? And even in the case of James Holmes, as disturbed as he is, who is to say he wouldn't have gone the Timothy McVeigh route resulting in a greater loss of life.
As others have pointed out, including this post by the wonderful Dana Loesch, the majority of these mass shootings occur in "gun-free" locations. She also emphasizes a point that many gun-control enthusiasts often neglect: How many tragedies are stopped by law-abiding, gun-carrying citizens? According to her post, American citizens use firearms in self-defense more than 2.1 million times annually.
Here is my suggestion for "change". Put prayer back in schools. Have school children say the pledge of allegiance every day through high school. Create a national campaign touting the benefits of two-parent homes. Teach children the constitution starting in elementary school. Offer gun-safety classes in schools. Re-introduce corporal punishment in schools. Create a campaign that de-stigmatizes spanking the children at home................. Unfortunately, unless you plan on home-schooling, these things will probably never happen, but here are some concrete solutions that we COULD institute:
- In states that allow concealed-carry, severely curtail "gun-free' zones.
- In all states, make schools concealed-carry zones for teachers and administration. Allow teachers and administrators, if approved, to voluntarily carry concealed weapons and train them in the use of said weapons. Keep a confidential listing of staff who is authorized to carry.
- Start a nationwide program for employers in hugely public-facing businesses that assists the employers in training their staff in firearm safety and self-defense. Allow approved staff to carry concealed weapons.