I began my work this morning choked up and teary eyed after reading that this precious young boy died. He was 6 years old.
I don’t know anything about him other than his name was Jacob, but by the look of the picture he was a happy youngster, probably full of spirit and joy.
I am so thoroughly and completely disgusted at the reactions to events like this. Everyone and their cousin immediately has an opinion about why it happened and what should be done about it. Mind you, this is before they know anything other than a geographical location is trending on their social media which always seems to mean some poor souls were shot. Nonetheless, I typically see and hear the following:
1. “Congress better act soon because ‘prayers’ aren’t helping.”
This gem came across my Twitter feed and I felt compelled to reply, though I probably shouldn’t have. I replied something to the effect of ‘you cold-hearted, despicable person. Right at this very moment, hundreds of parents are praying their children aren’t laying in a puddle of blood lifeless in their school classroom’. They proceeded to argue with me about gun control or some such nonsense.
This brings me to the second thing I hear after these situations. I often suggest that eliminating the ‘gun free zones’, particularly in schools where teachers and faculty could arm themselves, could prevent many of these situations. For that matter, it isn’t a hypothetical argument. Bad guys are stopped with armed good guys all the time. But you don’t hear those stories in the liberal gun-hating media, do you? Anyhow, I bring it up and usually receive the following response:
2. “Why would you arm the teachers? More guns won’t help anything.”
Oh really? Is that so? Tell me, if you were in a school and an active shooter situation was announced, would you call the police? Of course you would. Do you call them because of their superior negotiating skills? Do you call them because you believe the shiny badge will scare off the violent criminal? No, you call the police so they’ll come shoot the attacker if need be. You call them because they have volunteered to protect you with their lives if need be. So tell me this. How on earth can any rational, compassionate human being not be FOR allowing every teacher in America to be armed? How can anyone possibly think this is a bad idea? Obviously the ‘no guns allowed’ signs didn’t deter the shooter. I have a hunch a well placed .45 round would have, and no I don’t give a damn that he was 14. He and his family deserve prayers as much as the victims, but that particular person doesn’t deserve to keep his life when he’s taken one from a 6 year old boy.
If you think arming teachers and school faculty is a bad idea, you’re enabling things like this to happen to little boys like Jacob, and shame on you for it. He’s dead because no one was there to save him. If you don’t trust the faculty at the school with your kid’s life if need be, I don’t know why you’re sending them there in the first place. You wouldn’t apply that logic anywhere else.
The second amendment in our Bill of Rights says you have the right to defend yourself however you see fit. That is natural law, not one granted to you by government. That amendment, and the other nine, exists to protect you from government. I contend that it is violated every day when a public school says law abiding citizens may not enter the premises armed.
My call to action?
Abolish ‘gun free zones’.
Tell the naysayers to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.
Buy a gun and learn how to use it. You and your family’s life may literally depend on it.