Few would argue that children are not our world’s greatest blessing and treasure. Yet many, out of fear and ignorance, naively rely upon an unenforceable mandate, “Gun Free Zones”, for their children’s safety while attending school. These same people rely on law enforcement, with average response times of over 9 minutes, for their own protection as well.
A society that spends billions of dollars on home security systems, armed protection for its leaders and celebrities, security guards for its businesses, and armed personnel to prevent terrorist attacks on airplanes are satisfied by the unenforceable mandate of “Gun Free Zones” to protect their children. The same mindset promulgated by the Washington elite leaves America’s services members unarmed and defenseless on base while home and abroad.
What convoluted thinking or political agenda leads to this profound hypocrisy and ineptness? These policies disarm our most highly trained patriots, and leave our children unprotected. This defies both reason and logic. Are there any instances in human history where simply stating a desired outcome has been sufficient to prevent evil from committing atrocities? Do laws by their mere existence assure compliance? If so, why do we need law enforcement, courts and prisons?
Not only does the “gun free zone” model fail the logic test, but maybe even more damaging is its unintended consequence of making such sites attractive targets. For the deranged mind seeking relief from obscurity and emotional pain, the opposing solutions of notoriety and instant relief through self-destruction, make defenseless “gun free” schools a one-stop answer.
We know that there are mentally deranged and evil people in this world. We know that these people will seek to strike out to harm for maximum shock effect. Yet with this knowledge, there are those who deny reality and therefore naively attempt to protect through words not deeds. “Gun free” declarations are akin to “child on board’ stickers on cars, or the wishful thinking and delusion of an “accident free zone” sticker providing protection from drunk drivers. These same people embrace air bags and seat belts but not an effective defense in our schools. Illogical yes – irresponsible maybe.
Solutions exist and should be determined at the local level. Whether that includes secured entries, armed security and/or arming trained teachers, faculty or staff – or better yet a combination of these – active steps for prevention and protection should be unquestionably embraced and implemented.