Getting Past The Rhetoric, What To Do To Stop These Mass Shootings In Schools
Sadly, we are witnessing a parent’s worst nightmare, a mass shooting in schools; even worse, this is being done in a place where the youngest of our children are assumed to be safe, in an elementary school. Yesterday we watched in horror as 19 children and two teachers were killed by a lone gunman in Uvalde, who himself was eventually killed.
We will not give this person any fame by mentioning his name; we are better off forgetting who this worthless piece of trash was. Instead, we will focus on the lives lost which he took so senselessly. We can say this was an eighteen-year-old attending high school in Uvalde.
When the deed was done, this man was dead right away; the politicians on the left ran to step on the dead bodies, trying to push their agenda, claiming that there was a need to take guns. Claimed that seizing guns would have stopped such a shooting if given their way. But is there truth behind this?
A survey done by the Justice department in 2019 found that some 43 percent of criminals had bought their firearms on the black market, 6 percent acquired them via theft, and 10 percent made a retail purchase – 0.8 percent purchased a weapon from a gun show. This puts this total at 59.8% of all guns used in crimes were obtained not legally; they were either stolen, purchased on the black market, or obtained somehow.
But there is more. In 11 percent of cases, the criminal had someone else buy a gun for them – known as a straw purchase – while 15 percent got guns from a friend or relative. Some 12 percent of weapons found on a crime scene had been brought there by someone else. Thus, we put more strict laws to do little to stop this; seizing guns would move most of them to the black market.
Adding to the other figure, this puts these numbers at 97% of these shootings; seizing guns and putting in place stricture laws would do little to change things. The guns would still be able to be obtained, and it would simply move them to the black market.
Biden and other Democrats seem to think that if they seize guns from law-abiding citizens and put up gun-free zone signs around schools, this would stop these types of shootings. They ignore the fact that these schools are being targeted because they are soft targets; these people want to cause mass carnage in a way that will elicit the greatest shock value and do so with little threat to them while doing this. If we take guns, this will not stop this; it would only make law-abiding citizens more vulnerable.
Harden Our Schools
We need to look at schools and see what type of investment it will take to turn them from soft targets into hard targets. Israel is a case in point; after experiencing multiple attacks against schools by terrorists, they took steps to protect their children, something we should look at doing ourselves.
Israeli law currently requires a guard in schools of 100 or more students. Private security companies generally employ these guards. At the same time, the Israel Police (the country’s civilian police force) has overall responsibility for guidance, oversight, and control of the entire security system of educational institutions, from kindergartens through universities. The law permits certain individuals to carry firearms in schools.
Additionally, the Israeli Ministry of Education has provided funding to (1) construct shelters and fences, (2) add reinforced protection to school buses, (3) hire and train security guards, and (4) provide professional psychological care to treat students’ emotional reactions to terrorist attacks. Armed security guards sometimes accompany students on field trips, although it is unclear whether this is currently mandated or how frequently it occurs.
The Ministry has also collaborated with the Israel Police to provide security awareness training to elementary-age students. And at least one high school has adopted its security protocols.
Last, teachers are armed, but who is armed is never known, thus preventing the targeting of these teachers and security guards by terrorists. A shooter has no idea who is armed and who is not, thus facing a deadly threat from unknown people.
We Need To Take Back Our Place As The Moral Guidance For Our Children
Sixty years ago, we took prayer out of schools; it is not that I have a problem with this. I think it is good to do this in church, at home, but not have the state dictate prayers to us, but we replaced this with nothing when we took this out. We then took bible reading from schools, most moral teachings, which were faith-based and told our children to do what feels good.
In the 70s, we taught them to turn on the government, to live in a self-gratifying way, and never care about others, only what they could get. We went from Kennedy’s, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country,” to “I hate this nation, demand everything from this nation, but I refuse to do a thing for it or others!“
We should have universal moral classes and teach children they should treat others as they wish to be treated. We need to teach our children that a way to a richer life is not being self-centered; many times, it involves self-sacrifice to have relationships that weather the test of time. And teach them to communicate. Tech has taken over our lives; children sit around a table unable to talk, pecking at their phones and texting each other. Schools should take phones out of their hands until school is done. This is the way it used to be.
Find Out What Your Children Are Watching On The Internet, Games, And on TV
I used to yell about parents using Xbox, Playstation, or some other gaming system as a babysitter, but when I became a single parent, I no longer had my wife there to see what my child was playing or watching; I had to take an interest in this. I understand we are busy, and games are a great way to keep your child, or children, entertained by the hour, but have you ever bothered to watch what they were watching or playing?
Researchers found that teens spend an average of nine hours a day on electronic devices (computers, game systems, cable); this means if a child is spending eight hours a day at school, a half-hour with transportation, and eight hours sleeping, they have no time for any interaction with you or their siblings. This is robbing you and them from spending time instructing them about life, learning about their interests, and being a parent when it is needed most.
Then there is the problem with video games or gaming systems. Gun violence is being engrained into children from a young age. Halo is a game that has been played by many of our youth; according to PC Magazine, all of the Halo firefights resulted in more than 136 billion kills, or more kills than the total estimated number of human beings that have ever lived on Earth, period. This figure was taken over the eight years the game was released. CNN legal analyst Mark O’Mara, who represented George Zimmerman, said that by the time a child reaches eighteen years of age, they will have killed over 100,000 people in video games, many times with online shooters going head to head against other people. Is it of little surprise that after doing this for years, some will seek to take this out of the make-believe to reality to create a bigger rush than what they are getting from a game?
Where We Are Now
All of this is ignored; politicians and community leaders blame guns for people’s actions. When that is not happening, they sweep under the rug if it is minorities killing each other, focusing only on white privilege, saying this is happening because some people earn a privilege magically for being white. I can tell you; that I have never been set free from a ticket because I am white. I never got a loan due to my skin color, nor did I get a boost going to college or getting a job because of my race. Like most before myself, I worked hard to get to where I was, and when I got hurt, I lost everything as quickly as the next man. There is no such thing as white privilege; what is out there is a myriad of excuses for not achieving what one thinks one deserve.
Today we have a nation full of young who don’t know what or who they are, who run around feeling like they are victims of hate for everyone, and our nation for their perception of victimization. I wonder, “Is this going to be a lost generation? Is there any hope for them?”
We need to take back this nation, and not by force, by becoming more involved in our children, grandchildren, and even our nephews and nieces’ lives. They need to see good examples, not the idiocy we now see being pushed in schools today. And never allow them to live a life as a victim; that is just an excuse for doing nothing.
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Another mass shooting, just another of many. What can be done to stop this, and how do we get past the rhetoric and move on to action?