After every mass-shooting, a chorus of Democratic voices always rise in a crescendo of stricter gun control measures.
Wednesday’s tragedy, that took the lives of 17 students, faculty and staff members in Parkland, Florida, was no different.
"This is the 18th school shooting in the first 43 days of 2018," Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., tweeted, citing statistics compiled by a gun control advocacy group that The Washington Post called "flat wrong." The Democrat continued, "We cannot accept this as normal. We must address gun violence."
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said on the Senate floor, "This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America." He added, "This epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting, it only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction."
Despite the hyperbole coming from Capitol Hill, no lawmaker can cite a single proposal that could have prevented Wednesday’s slaughter.
The usual argument is that guns are too common, too readily available. The United States admittedly leads the world in per capita gun ownership.
In addition, the AR-15 rifle alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz used to inflict his carnage, was readily available to him. He fell through the cracks despite an apparent mental health issues.
A Change in Attitude
Yet 60 years ago, high school gun clubs were as common in rural America as cheer leading squads and nearly every household possessed at least one firearm.
Sixty years ago we didn’t have the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, which buyers now have to pass to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer. It wasn’t launched until 1998. Before then, if you wanted a firearm you went to the local hardware store, selected and paid for one and walked out of the store with it.
However, the easy availability of weapons 60 years ago — even 30 years ago — didn’t translate to a national gun violence epidemic.
So what changed? We did.
In a society where everyone wins, everybody goes home with a trophy and athletic coaches are cautioned against running up the score out of fear of embarrassing the other team, something destructive invades the psyche. People became ill-equipped to accept failure, handle misfortune, or for that matter to even deal with opposing viewpoints.
Did the wrong political candidate win? Shatter a block of storefront windows, set the trash cans on fire and turn over a few police cruisers.
Did a judge make the wrong ruling? Bust some heads open, loot the local bodega, and set the entire neighborhood ablaze.
Was the wrong speaker invited on campus? Promise death and destruction if he appears, block his entrance when he does, and it he still reaches the lecture hall, shout him down.
Wednesday’s gunman was apparently one of those types. When a girlfriend left him because of his abusive behavior, instead of accepting it and learning from the experience, he reportedly took it out on her new boyfriend.
He was also expelled from school — another failure — and took it out on his classmates Wednesday.
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton once claimed that "It Takes a Village" to properly raise a child in modern society. This is flat-out wrong. It takes a family. Especially a set of parents who have a genuine interest in their children’s future and who are willing to practice tough love whenever it becomes necessary.
It takes a family to teach children that it’s okay to fail and that we all do it. But when it happens, we have to learn from the experience and move on.
A village, city, county, state and most of all, the U.S., is wholly incapable of performing that task.
Short Term Solution
That’s the long-term solution to school shootings, but that would likely take a generation of human reengineering. What can be done in the interim?
Taking a cue from Israel, we could allow any agreeable teacher, administrator or staff member to arm himself with a concealed weapon after taking — and continuing to take —proper training. Israeli-based journalist Greg Tapper, writing for Fox News said, "Americans intent on ensuring a school massacre like the one in Newtown, Connecticut never happens again could learn a lot from Israel, where the long menu of precautions includes armed teachers."
Another solution might be to lock all doors after school is in session so that none other than the main entrance can be opened from the outside — but all can be opened from the inside in case of emergency. Then post a guard at the main entrance.
But whatever action schools, churches and public buildings take, the time to do it is now. Congress can’t do it — only we can.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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