In response to my recent post related to the terrible events in Connecticut, frequent reader and sometimes writer “Harry” left a comment I wanted to share with everyone. Feel free to go back and read the original post HERE to understand the context.
Here is what Harry had to say:
At least here in Texas we have some (not all, or even most) school districts who recognize that they are the guardians of the children. They either have armed security on campus (either district police or local LE who are working an extra job) or they allow (and in some cases even pay extra) the teachers and administrators to carry concealed firearms.
Nothing can excuse a coward who shoots 5 and 6 year old children before killing his own sorry ass. I have to admit that I am not a spiritual person, but there really should be a special purgatory for this slimeball.
The following is taken from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime:
In 2008-2010 the USA averaged 9.2 firearm related deaths per 100,000 residents. In spite of the 2nd Amendment, several states and cities have onerous laws regulating the ownership, transfer, and carry of personal firearms.
In 2010 Panama averaged 12.92 firearm related deaths per 100,000 residents. Panamanians are allowed to own a wide variety of firearms and ammunition (full auto, silencers, and armor piercing are prohibited). In order to purchase a firearm a urine and blood sample are required (to prove you are not on drugs and provide the feds with a DNA sample) and the wait to receive permission for the purchase can be 8 to 10 weeks.
In 2010 Switzerland averaged 3.5 firearm related deaths per 100,000 residents. Note that Switzerland requires all males between 19 and 34 to keep their government issued battle rifle (fully automatic as oppossed to the semi-auto versions US civilians have access to) at their home.
In 2009 Israel had 1.86 firearm related deaths per 100,000 residents. Note that Israel conscripts every citizen (male and female) at the age of 17 (some are deferred, but with few exceptions all serve at some point) and Israelis remain on reserve until they are 49. Every Israeli who has been through military training and who is under tha age of 49 is issued and required to annually qualify with a Galil or Tavor and to keep is readily available. Many Israelis carry their personal weapon with them as they go about their day to day activities.
So what’s the point? It seems apparent that countries who issue their citizens fully automatic battle rifles and allow them to keep them in their homes or on their person have substantially lower firearm related deaths than countries which have restrictive firearm regulations.
Seriously, would Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, or Sandy Hook have happened if the perps knew that someone, maybe several someones, would be armed and ready to defend themselves with deadly force?
Please note the manner in which several retailers who previously sold AR and AK style firearms have responded to the vitriol spewed forth by Feinstein and others – make certain you are spending your money with those who support our rights rather than with those who cave in at the first hint of criticism.
I cannot agree with Harry more. After reading his comment – I discovered that I had more to say on the matter – so here I go:
The governmental, media, and civilian response to the shooting will be highly ineffective and misdirected. Just as the country is failing in so many moral, economic, and social ways – our leaders do not have the guts to stand up and take serious action which MAY lead to a reduction of these kinds of horrible crimes.
Harry is right on when he states the number of firearm related deaths in other countries as being lower although the access and presence of firearms is greater. Why is this? I am no social psychologist - but the fabric of our American culture has deteriorated to a point that human life just means less than in some other countries. Maybe it’s that religion is not as present in peoples lives like in the past. I grew up having prayer in school, the Pledge of Allegiance, and watching Billy Graham on TV every so often. I was well aware that there was a higher power that I was accountable to. Today our youth, as well as adults – are being groomed with the likes of Jersey Shore and Honey Boo Boo. Violent video games? I am sure they have some effect in a desensitizing way, however I would submit that the effect of these games on a normal child is nil. I used to play cowboys and Indians and secret agent firing cap guns at friends and turned out OK. Well……
My point is that possibly the degrading societal ”quality” in this country has led to many of the problems we have – including high divorce rates, children born out of wedlock, drug usage, high school drop outs, and yes…..mass shootings. If the vast majority of people today went to church, was brought up in a loving household with two parents, and watched The Andy Griffith Show, Leave It To Beaver and Eight is Enough – there would be less crime, less drug use, less divorce, etc.
Maybe I am wrong.
Now – what needs to be done. Wow! THAT is a tough one. Right off the bat I have to go to our kids. Parents need to do a better job. As far as immediate reactions when it comes to protecting our kids – let me ask this question:
“Why are many of our manufacturing plants, businesses, office buildings, warehouses, and banks more important than our children?”
“What?!?” – you say. Yes. Many of the places I have listed above have something that the vast majority of our school do not have – security guards. Many businesses look at risk versus reward and work into their budget security guards to react and protect their investment. That security guard is there in case of crime – or maybe something else like a fire. How about our investment? How about our children?
It is a real shame that something like this is needed – but it is. Things are not going to get better overnight. In fact – I suspect it will get much, much worse.
Well -that’s my two cents. It’s probably worth what you paid for it.
Take care all -
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