By Mike Thayer
That's the *logic* people are using in making a call to ban guns in light of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.
Forks make people fat, let's ban them! Oh, I'm sorry, that won't work, they'll still have access to spoons and gosh, their hands to stuff their faces with.
The call to ban guns is totally illogical, impractical and the exact OPPOSITE reaction necessary to address something like the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.
It's like saying water causes drowning. No it doesn't. It's a person's behavior, action, lack of action, or inability that results in drowning.
But to a liberal-minded person, a right brain thinker.... If there was no water, there would be no drownings.
To a liberal-minded person, a right brain thinker..... If there were no forks, there wouldn't be any fat people.
That's their line of *logic*..... If there were no assault rifles or handguns, there's be no more school shootings.
That's simply not true. Mass murder would and will still take place. A ban on guns affects nothing, well, except innocent, law-abiding people no longer being able to defend themselves with a rifle or a handgun. That's what gun free zones have brought us, even more innocent people being killed.
And never mind that the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut didn't even involve a so-called assault weapon.
Headline: Knife-wielding man injures 22 children in China Yep, the stabbings took place at a school, the very same day the Newtown, Connecticut shootings took place.
How many guns did Timothy McVeigh use? Zero.
Ever hear of the Bath School Disaster? That's the name given to the mass murder that happened in Bath Township, Michigan in 1927. The death toll was 38 school children, two teachers and four other adults. At least 58 others were injured. This tragedy wasn't the result of gunfire, the evil was carried out with the use of bombs.
People of evil intent, of crazy intent, don't need guns. They'll find a way.
When an innocent life in Sparta was taken by the thrust of a sword, the population did not say, "Let's ban swords." That wasn't said because it's a non-answer. The people of Sparta were smart, they didn't waste time debating non-answers. Their reaction to murder was knowledge. The answers were, learn to defend yourself and learn to detect and prevent bad situations.
That's the key, an answer. Addressing this issue with KNOWLEDGE, education, learning, preventing, PRACTICING.
When people get fat, we don't blame the fork. We realize it's overeating, it's about knowledge. We address the issue with diet, learning about nutrition, developing better eating habits and changing our selection of foods to consume.
When people drown, we don't issue a call to ban swimming pools. We address the issue with knowledge in the forms of swimming lessons, better supervision, flotation devices, safer facilities. And think about this, banning guns would be as impractical as banning water. Guns are everywhere and will continue to be everywhere. Fast and Furious anyone?
When a drunk driver kills a person, we don't ban vehicles. We address the issue with awareness, intervention, prevention and a court system.
Making a call to ban guns is an illogical reaction to what took place in Newtown, Connecticut. It's a non-answer and won't prevent a future mass killing at a school, a theatre, or a mall. Gun free zones don't work and neither do gun bans.
Like the wise people of Sparta, we should be addressing this tragedy with knowledge, education, awareness, PREVENTION.
I've proposed School Marshalls. Just like Air Marshalls, we need a similar presence in schools. It's a matter of KNOWLEDGE, education and training. It's a matter of PREVENTION and being prepared. Let teachers that have a carry/conceal permit to carry at school. Give them some extra training for the school environment in conjunction with the local police department and let them carry. Others have suggested using off-duty and/or retired police department personnel. Another suggestion is using people just getting out of the military and looking to transition to a civilian life.
Our reaction to school shootings must be based in knowledge. Learning from the Spartans and history teaches us that we must educate people on how to defend themselves from such attacks, to learn how to detect and prevent bad situations. That means having people on hand who know how to use today's sword, the gun. That means having a deterrent, some 'Spartans' on guard.
Ask yourself why crazy people don't try to carry out murderous acts by walking into a police station.
Together, let's exercise some logic, a REAL answer. Let's stick a fork in gun free zones.