Another shooting occurred in a school in Florida, this time with the FBI having information on the extremist but failing to take action. The shooter actually posted a comment on a YouTube video saying “I’m going to be a professional school shooter”, and the original maker of that YouTube video directly (in person) reported it to the FBI.
After this horrible event unfolded, many left-leaning journalists and politicians immediately started targeting gun rights.
One of the most common being: ban “assault” rifles.
But I’ve never understood the argument that “if we ban this, it will just magically go away“:
- Drugs are illegal. Yet, narcotics killed more people in a single year than every single American death in the Vietnam War (59,779 narcotic deaths in 2016 vs 58,220 causalities of the Vietnam War).
- Bombs are illegal. Yet, that didn’t stop Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev from building a homemade weapon of mass destruction to terrorize the Boston Marathon.
- This list could go on indefinitely with examples
We can see this by looking at the world stage.
59 of the worst 66 mass public shootings in the world occurred outside the United States.
In many of these countries, gun ownership by citizens is completely banned.
So again I ask: Do we really think banning guns would stop anything? It sure didn’t stop them in the wide list of the worst mass public shootings. America is not alone with her mass shootings, it happens everywhere.
I fail to believe any of them in power actually think restricting guns would stop mass shootings.
Rather than coming together and finding a solution, they point the finger at gun owners and say “you are to blame“.
Instead of pointing the finger, let’s actually find a solution. And I say we start with realizing how defenseless the schools are.
We put a bunch of defenseless children with teachers who can’t defend them (no gun zones) and broadcast this to the entire planet. Does no one see a problem with this? We don’t live in a magical fairyland where everyone loves each other and no one would ever do harm to one another.
We must realize that schools cannot be a “safe space” forever. How many schools have to get shot up before we realize this?
But the simple fact is, the Democrats would never budge on allowing guns into schools as concealed carry or for teachers. So we need another solution.
My proposal: invest in the protection of our kids.
How to End Mass Shootings in Schools
Casinos spend more on security than the State does on security at schools. There is definitely a problem here, even if it is a private business vs public difference.
We spend $12,509 per pupil in schools. This means that most high schools have budgets in the millions of dollars.
How much would it cost for like 3 or 4 armed police officers? More or less cops depending on the size of the high school. I figure even if we say that each officer makes $120,000 a year (salary/benefits/equipment/etc) – that cost would be a tremendously tiny expenditure in the US.
It would amount to around 1-2% of the annual budget. Hardly nothing in the grand scheme of budget payments.
And I do believe this kind of solution could actually be bipartisan. Because let’s face it: we can’t keep bickering back and forth while nothing changes. And we need both teams on the same side for this one. It is true: “How many more have to die before we act?” We spend hundreds of millions on other frivolous things; why don’t we cancel those and put it toward protecting the next generation?
Safe spaces can only work for so long. Until a shooter shows up in one of them and starts massacring innocents.
We need the schools to be an enforced space, instead.