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In the midst of all the debate surrounding second amendment rights and gun control that has so easily distracted both the state and federal governments, and the average American citizen, the real reason, and focus, of a grassroots, continental movement to protect children on school campuses across the nation has been strategically buried somewhere beneath the worth of any of these proposed mandates to do just that.
This rancid outbreak of tunnel vision, disguised as the correct thing to do in honor of those that lost their lives and those that will forever live with their loss as a result of the tragedy at Sandyhook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. has completely crippled what it was we all agreed we needed to do; protect our children in every school across America.
In their need to do something, and their unwillingness to be patient, and probe in detail the options that exist, the political agenda of governments has overtaken the real mission of protecting school children.
Instead, an all out battle between those that want to protect the second amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, and those that would hastily and carelessly take it away without deep thought and contemplation, has broken out across the country.
At the helm of this fruitless engagement is a president who has already proven himself inept at running a country, honest, law-abiding individuals who aren’t on anyone’s side, and the NRA, a powerful entity that is backed by lobbyists and ordinary gun owners; each wanting to protect their individual rights to bear arms. Fruitless?
Yes, fruitless. Because, this tactical back and forth between these groups has only served to pit one against the other instead of bringing them all together to achieve what it is we all agreed we needed to achieve; find a way to protect our school children.
So where does my title fit in? Why “Knives Don’t Kill People; People Kill People”? Simply put, knives has become the new weapon of choice. The risk school children are placed in hasn’t changed; only the weapon. Enter…Dylan Quick.
Instead of choosing a rifle or handgun, this 20-year-old student chose a knife as his instrument of destruction, and went on a rampage in Cypress, Texas, injuring 14 people before he was taken down.
The link (Dylan Quick) will take you to the full story as it’s reported in the Huffington Post. My purpose in mentioning it here is to prove a point. That point is that our main objective after the Newtown Tragety…”To protect our children”…has been lost in the political debate that continues to spin out of control around the second amendment rights and gun control.
Nothing has been done to address school safety. Nothing has been enacted that is an attempt at safeguarding this world’s most precious commodity; our children. These precious, innocent beings are still going to school each day, and the exposure of danger from mentally challenged criminals still exists.
In fact, one could argue the threat is even greater now than is was back on December 14, 2012 when a deranged child-psychopath named, Adam Lanza, causally went about his plan of unthinkable violence, and mowed down 2o of these innocent beings, and 6 of their care providers as they attempted to protect them from that lunatic. No? Well, you tell me what has been done to protect our children.
Have we taken a second look at the mental health issues people are facing?
Have we reassessed and attempted to revamp the resources needed to treat or cage these animals?
Have we taken the most obvious step of placing qualified, trained, armed and able individuals at our school campuses across this country?
This has only taken place at individual state and county levels. As a country, we are still debating second amendment rights and gun control as if either of these will resolve the issue of protection for our children in the school setting.
Dylan Quick’s actions should prove to everyone that gun control won’t make a difference. Nor will taking away anyone’s second amendment rights. It’s complete lunacy on our part to think that taking away honest, law-abiding citizen’s rights to protect themselves and the lives of their children is the answer. Again you say no?
Quick didn’t use a gun. What’s next? Outlaw knives? Require a background check in order to purchase a knife? Better yet, maybe we should take away the honest person’s right to own a knife so that when his mentally challenged neighbor, or co-worker comes at him with a knife he is unarmed, and unable to protect himself against an attack?
No, the answer doesn’t lay in taking away the rights of the honest. It lays in providing help for the mentally challenged and if needed, taking them off the streets. I’m not saying that taking a second look at gun control isn’t a good thing. But, we’ve got the two important issues in the wrong order.
The first and most important issue is guarding the safety of our children at school, and we’ve already pissed away the last 4 months we had to try and figure out a way to do that. Only second to immediately protecting our children is a closer look at gun safety, and gun laws.
I’m a gun owner. I am not opposed to background checks. In fact, the lack of a background check is absurd in this gun owner’s opinion. I’m not opposed to a waiting period either. I’m not even opposed to requiring proper education, and training before someone is allowed to own a weapon.
I am, however, opposed to anyone taking away my ability to properly defend myself, while the lunatics and criminals of this world will still have access to the very weapons some are trying to tell me I can’t own.
First things first people. Let’s get back to honoring those lost, and those left to live with their loss, at Sandyhook Elementary School, by attempting to immediately make our school campuses safer. You wanna really honor those souls from Newtown, Conn.? I bet we can come up with at least 26 things we can do to attempt to protect our future, our children on school campuses across this nation.
Just as there is no universal answer that will prevent obesity, there is no universal answer that will 100%, without a doubt, unequivocally, protect our children. There will always be some sick-minded individual or group that will attempt to skirt around the safeguards we have or will put in place. Still, this is no excuse to simply throw in the towel or make hasty, unfounded decisions.
I implore everyone to step back from this gun debate, and this panic over taking away second amendment rights, and instead, take a good hard look at your child as she plays, your son as he sleeps, your grandchildren as they enjoy the time they spend with you or even stop for a moment as you drive past the school in your community, and ask yourself this…
“What has all this debating accomplished in the last 4 months to protect my child or grandchild while they are at school?”
The answer may surprise you…