Today I was watching the faces and listening to the words of the Parkland students as they presented their anguish and hopes for change to our president. I can feel no shift in the president or in that section of the populace who look to him as their godfather. He and his supporters are not moving toward a more sane gun-control pattern in the US. He and they are going to listen and nothing, absolutely nothing will change, in fact, the divide is going to get worse.
Can you imagine teachers with handguns on their hips and ready to shoot the first student who appears dangerous? Will all teachers be forced to pack a gun, loaded and handy? To me, this is the most moronic answer possible to the grieving students pleas for common-sense gun control. I can easily imagine a time when a teacher might casually move her hand to her holster area in jest, the move would simply emphasize that she means business in her class. There are people–teachers, even — who have this kind of a sense of humor. Showing the gun would have nothing to do with protection of the student and everything to do with power. Learn or else! I can’t believe that we are even considering arming teachers. How do I know how a threatened teacher would act in the presence of an active shooter. Would she automatically act heroically? What a dangerous and stupid idea to propose for protecting our students..
Why not try these remedies to gun massacres:
–Have a single entrance at schools where everyone has to pass through detectors. Fence the place. Staff the gate with guards. No one gets in during school hours.
–No permits should be issued for ownership of military style rapid-fire firearms. To hell with the exotic gun collectors. Period.
— The right to bear arms as stated in the second amendment must be balanced by every citizen’s right to a non-threatening environment. Open-carry is always a threat; that’s why people carry arms in the first place. Closed-carry creates a similar fear in good people. I don’t want to be around a handgun and I don’t want to see them except on police officers. I have a right to be in a gun free zone at school or any other place.
–Raise the legal age to purchase a forearm to 21 years, first in Florida and then every other state that allows teenagers to buy weapons. In Florida, if I am eighteen I can’t buy a pack of cigarettes legally but I can buy a gun, any kind of gun.
I am sick at heart over how the culture of my country is spiraling down. Don’t tell me to leave. I don’t want to leave. I want those who think every American should be armed to avoid conflict to rethink that idea. Good people bearing guns do not have an advantage over bad people with guns. Some of us good people can’t even control ourselves when someone cuts us off in traffic. When we all carry will we control ourselves when a good citizen brandishes a handgun and challenges our self-respect?