Let’s hope Joe Biden is as good at controlling guns as he was at controlling the Stimulus.
Personally, I don’t want anyone having the capability of shooting hundreds of rounds of ammo in three minutes but I am a strong Second Amendment advocate.
I am concerned that President Obama will pass an Executive Order on gun control that bypasses Congress. He uses executive orders like a dictator.
Reasonable controls aren’t the problem but our president is very extreme and he never lets a crisis go to waste. He appears to be blaming the weapon for the act of a diseased mind.
Dianne Feinstein, who is pushing a ban on semi-automatics and magazines, carried a concealed weapon herself and she makes a case for it:
“I know the sense of helplessness that people feel,” Feinstein said, “I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did. I was trained in firearms. I walked to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon and I made the determination if somebody was going to try and take me out, I was going to take them with me.”
In fairness, Dianne Feinstein is not looking to eliminate the Second Amendment and I do believe she has the nation’s interests at heart but I am not so sure about the president. Time will tell.
The 1927 school massacre was the worst attack on a school in US history. A school board member in Michigan [correction] set off a bomb that killed 27 elementary children and 7 adults. There will always be these people. People who want to commit heinous crimes will find a way.
The FBI attempted to come up with a school shooter profile. What they ended up with was a typical young man. The profile was useless.
What is useful knowledge is that 82% of the mass shooters tell someone before they commit the crime. The murderers at Columbine prepared for a year. Virginia Tech was planned enough for the murderer to have time to send NBC a manifesto. That is the key to getting to many of these people before they act.
Unfortunately, people don’t like to snitch and often don’t believe the attackers are serious when they state their intentions. Zero tolerance policies work against finding young mass murderers because the policy is so extreme that it discourages people from reporting. If a child draws a picture of a gun he might find himself expelled under this policy.
When polled, gun control was fourth in a list of six approaches. High up on the list was police presence, improved mental health screening, and violence in movies, music and video games.
It is now believed that Friday’s shooter, Adam Lanza, sat in his windowless basement playing violent video games all day long. For an unhinged mind, violent games are an aphrodisiac.
Poll via Weasel Zippers
They omitted the question of drugs but there is no question that most of the mass murders were committed by deranged individuals who were experimenting with dangerous drug cocktails – Lochner in the Arizona shooting spree and Holmes in the Aurora shooting, to name two.
Drug use by youths has taken on epidemic proportions in this country.
Marijuana is a gateway drug and very harmful to youths. It is now legal in two states in the union and might as well be legal in California. The President is not going to enforce federal laws against marijuana because he has more important issues he says. [He has been refusing to enforce a number of federal laws and has been suing states like Arizona for enforcing the laws]
In this country we are encouraging the use of this drug that is destroying too many young people. For years I have watched young people go from pot to more serious drugs. Pot is harmful enough in of itself. We should be teaching our children to get high on life and not sending the message that it is okay by legalizing it.
It’s unhealthy physically. Anyone who thinks that inhaling carcinogens and tar is okay needs a basic health course. You can find a lot of literature by potheads who “prove” smoking pot is harmless. Use your common sense on this issue.
Hollywood, in addition to promoting violence and bad morals, is pushing drugs:
Please read about the negative effects of marijuana here.
Mental illness is another factor. For young people who are dangerously mentally ill or who have violent behaviors stemming from personality disorders often need to be committed. There was a time when people were committed too easily and I am not advocating for it to be easy. However, organizations like the ACLU have made it almost impossible to commit an adult against their will.
One report by a neighbor of the Newtown gunman, named Jason Flashman, said that the Newtown shooter’s mother was trying to commit him. Certainly that could have been a trigger if true.
There are too few places to send the mentally ill and many are subpar. Our mental health system is lacking.
Solutions cannot be found in the nonsense put out there by people like Sheila Jackson Lee who doesn’t want armed staff because school should be a haven but she does want retractable steel walls. I’m sure that will make the children feel like they’re in a haven.
Sheila Jackson Lee said obtusely, “I cannot, at this juncture, believe that arming teachers… or that teachers would want to be armed… is going to be the answer for a place that is a refuge for learning, for creativity, for solace, for happiness for our children.” [But steel walls won't frighten the children?]
In the tiny Texas town of Harrold, children and their parents don’t worry about the safety of the children primarily because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons. The sheriff’s office is 30 minutes away and would not be of much help in such an emergency. The community knows each other well and the school board felt comfortable letting teachers bring guns to school.
“We don’t have money for a security guard, but this is a better solution,” Superintendent David Thweatt said. “A shooter could take out a guard or officer with a visible, holstered weapon, but our teachers have master’s degrees, are older and have had extensive training. And their guns are hidden. We can protect our children.”
The president’s focus is gun control. Some lawmakers have called for a broad-based response, looking at everything from mental health to school security to American culture. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., in a call soon joined by others, proposed a national commission examining the entertainment industry and particularly video games.
President Obama said he will entertain other proposals but the commission must come up with their recommendations by mid-January.
I believe the decisions of the commission are pre-ordained and they are going to be all about gun control. This is about an agenda and not about real solutions.
The more control the government takes from the people, the more we become a nation of government ruling the people instead of people controlling government. It is not what our Founders envisioned and it is not the United States I want.