Friday, December 21, 2012
Armed and educated
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It took the NRA a week to come up with this? The National Rifle Association, after a week of silence, today suggested that posting armed guards at schools was the best approach the nation could use to protect stuents. And, surprise, it pointed its finger at the same alleged causes it always blames: “video games, the news media and lax law enforcement.” As The New York Times reported, “It offered no new proposals to restrict firearms.”
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Sorry, but the world is and has always been a dangerous place. Wishing will not make it otherwise. So we create “schools” and “protect” them with “laws”.
Why not learn from the Israelis? Allow school personel or anyone to be armed in and around a school. Allow trained grandparents and family to “volunteer” at the schools.
Why can’t we have better mental health care for these sad individuals. Yes, they have “rights”. But when they are a danger to themselves and others? Isn’t that like “fire” in a crowded theater?
Why can’t we have a real inquiry into the impact of psychotropic drugs on these sad individuals?
Why can’t we have studies with actionable conclusions about violent video games and movies?
It’s not a prevalent as we think it is, but that doesn’t mean we should NOT insist on meaningful actions. “Banning scarey weapons” accomplishes NOTHING.
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