After a tragedy such as the Parkland school shooting in Florida, it is natural to experience intense sorrow followed by incorrect conclusions.
To more clearly understand the concept of incorrect conclusions lets follow the thought process of a medical school professor. The professor was researching cancer causes. She considered three elements, gum chewing, smoking, and lung cancer. The point made from her analysis was that while smokers may be more likely to chew gum to cover smoker’s bad breath, concluding that gum chewing causes lung cancer would be an erroneous conclusion.
The same kind of erroneous logic focuses on semi-automatic rifles after mass shootings.
Chewing gum does not cause cancer. Assault rifles do not cause mass shootings. Forks do not cause American obesity.
During WWII the Japanese penetrated both our Hawaiian Islands and our West Coast. The Germans penetrated US waters on the East Coast around New Jersey. Aside from the bombing of Pearl Harbor, our wartime enemies were not successful in bringing much of the fight to our soil, but they did in fact make it onto our land and into our US waters. In spite of what we might think, it is still possible an enemy of the US could successfully attack us in our own country.
History tells us we have already fought wars on US soil such as the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the War of 1812. The 911 Twin Towers disaster is a modern day example of coming under attack on American soil.
Think about this. If North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un sends some of his armed fighters marching into your neighborhood, you will probably be happy to gather your family around the one neighbor who owns an assault rifle.
If you are a citizen who wishes to kill the Second Amendment including an American’s right to possess assault rifles, your neighbor may give you a free yard sign and send you and your family on your way.
The sign will read, “I favor outlawing guns, especially assault rifles, so our home is a Gun Free Zone.” The North Koreans will use English interpreters to read your sign to find you.
While I am not a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the reason the NRA refuses to give an inch is that the NRA fears if the NRA gives an inch, Gun Haters (GH) will take a mile.
In my opinion, the NRA and the GH both demonstrate extreme views, and that is too bad. While I appreciate what the NRA does to support my Second Amendment Rights, the NRA was too extreme for me to be comfortable in maintaining a membership beyond my trial membership. That was long ago.
The GH are pushing me towards joining the NRA because the GH are so intense about destroying my Second Amendment Rights.
If both sides would become reasonable, I could support raising the minimum age for purchasing, owning, and possessing assault rifles from 18 to 21.
I would be willing to support background checks and waiting periods (cooling off periods) for gun sales. To be reasonable, sales, loans, gifts, and trades between bonafide family, friends, and relatives should be an exception.
Bump stocks are out. I vote NO on bump stocks. Currently, we are not allowed to have, nor do we need fully automatic weapons. That being the case, I submit we do not need bump stocks which allows a semi-automatic rifle to become like a fully automatic rifle.
When I was a police officer, I was not authorized nor allowed to carry a fully automatic assault rifle. Whats more, I did not need a fully automatic weapon. Members of SWAT trained and carried fully automatic weapons and that makes sense. Bump stocks for civilians are out.
Based on my background as a hunter, target shooter, member of the military, a law enforcement officer and a proponent of self-defense target hardening, I am the kind of individual who would be an ideal candidate to serve as an armed school teacher or administrator.
Mass shooters seek weak environments that are not threatening to them or their mission. Why do we rarely hear of mass shooters with assault rifles shooting up police stations or gun ranges? Because most mass shooters are bullies and bullies, do not like to attack anyone who is able to fight back. Have you ever heard of a mass shooter attacking a Hell’s Angels Clubhouse? No. Why? Because Hell’s Angels shoot back.
Marking a school, GUN FREE ZONE is the same as marking a school KILL KIDS FREE ZONE. Arming some teachers on each school campus would serve as a deterrent. There are at least some teachers who would be ideal candidates to possess firearms in schools, and some schools in our nation are doing just that. With an inside waste band holster (IWB), the students normally would not be aware their teacher possessed a gun.
Funding fully commissioned law enforcement officers who can serve as School Resource Officers in each school is an excellent alternative for numerous reasons. Cops can bond positively with kids. Kids with a good relationship with school police officers can SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. Cops on campus can discourage mass shooters from attacking a school. If the evil doer does attack a school, the school cop can disrupt the attack.
While we continue to host school fire drills, we have not had one single child die in a school fire in 50 years. Hundreds of kids have died in active shooter incidents, and yet many schools do not hold active shooter drills for the safety of students and teachers. Many take the position of not wanting to alarm students with the idea that a killer might visit their school.
When I attended high school, students brought 22 rifles to school for the rifle team. Times were different back then. While I am not suggesting students carry guns to school, indeed qualified and trained teachers and administrators should be considered as a defense against mass shooters if those staff members are willing to take a life to save a life. I acknowledge not everyone with a gun is ready to use it even to protect their own life.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, who is an expert on the subject of killing there are three kinds of people on our planet. #1. Sheep. #2. Sheepdogs. #3. Wolves.
The sheep are the students, teachers, parents,, and school administrators going about their lives as soft targets for mass shooters. They are like the school of fish in one of those tiny U-Fish Trout Ponds.
The sheepdog is the teacher, administrator, or the school resource officer who is armed or the armed police officer who arrives at the school because of a 911 call about an active school shooter.
The wolf is the mass school shooter.
Kids and teachers might not like cops, guns, and lethal force, but when the wolf enters the schoolhouse, the sheep want the sheepdog to come to their rescue NOW!
While we have not had a mass school shooting in Pierce County, that does not mean it will not happen in Pierce County. In fact as I write this article, I just learned local police arrested three students in Pierce County because they threatened to “shoot up” three different schools. Good work Tacoma Police Department. Everyone who loves kids, teachers and school administrators should be seriously thinking and talking about this issue.
I say, let’s talk, think, and then take action before we have another school mass shooting and the victims turn out to be our kids.
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I should disclose I have no financial relationship or interest in Crisis Reality Training. Additionally, the opinions expressed above are mine and mine alone. Jesus may or may not agree with my views other than of course my idea that Jesus Villahermosa has information kids and teachers need to help keep them safe.
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