Was Clinton a tone-deaf, loony gun nut for putting armed guards in schools?
Would stronger civil mental illness commitment laws or violent free speech restrictions protect us from loony gun control nuts?
Last we checked the Sierra Club hasn’t the power to impose draconian environmental protection laws that kill jobs and the National Rifle Association hasn’t replaced Congress and the President as the legislative and executive branches of government. Lobbyists, more accurately referred to as Americans exercising free speech and press rights, do not make laws. We only wish that more of those non-registered lobbyists in the media that write columns, host Meet the Press or appear on The (Fox News) Panel resorted more to logic and reason as much as Wayne LaPierre.
Within hours of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, elected Democrats including President Barack Obama and their media enablers wasted no time in using the deaths of children to resurrect their anti-Second Amendment, gun control agenda. In fact, within days, the President used the school shooting as a reason for raising tax rates on small business, but I digress.
Wayne LaPierre patiently waited a week before issuing a comprehensive response to the murderous rampage of Adam Lanza. The centerpiece of his NRA proposal was to advocate for armed guards in schools:
During a press conference Friday, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre says these people might still be alive today if school personnel were armed when 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre said.
LaPierre says that the lack of mental health reform and the prevalence of violent video games and movies can lead to these types of tragedies.
The vitriol leveled at LaPierre by many liberals and Democrats exceeded that leveled by them at Saddam Hussein or even Osama bin laden. But after all, they share hatred of America with Islamists. Wayne LaPierre obviously loves America and its children so much that he proposed what could make more children more safe the fastest. Changing civil commitment laws in states or at the national level would take many months, if not years. Same with repealing the First Amendment to ban violent games and movies, but again, I digress.
But before K-12 re-convenes after the Christmas/New Years Day holiday, any school in America not prohibited by state law could arm a security guard on the premises during the school day. Yet, we are asked to consider that proposal, variously, as “tone-deaf”, “loony” or “laughable” by wizards of smart David Gregory of NBC News, Newtown’s Congressman and even a Fox News Special Report “The Panel” member A.B. Stoddard (with very little push back from conservatives Hayes or Krauthammer), respectively. The Meet the Press host also displayed the tabloid headline of the “conservative” New York Post referring to LaPierre and his speech, thusly: “Gun Nut. N.R.A. Loon in Bizarre Rant over Newtown.”
We don’t remember the same level of incredulity being leveled at former Department of Education Secretary, Bill Bennett last week when he proposed the same thing. We do recall 12 years of worship, by David Gregory and fellow Democrats in and out of the media, of the former president since he stated the following in 2000, on the one-year anniversary of the Colorado school shooting at Columbine:
Clinton also unveiled the $60-million fifth round of funding for “COPS in School,” a Justice Department program that helps pay the costs of placing police officers in schools to help make them safer for students and teachers. The money will be used to provide 452 officers in schools in more than 220 communities.
“Already, it has placed 2,200 officers in more than 1,000 communities across our nation, where they are heightening school safety as well as coaching sports and acting as mentors and mediators for kids in need,” Clinton said.
President Clinton signed crime legislation passed by a Republican Congress that paid local schools to hire armed security. Moreover, most of those, treating the NRA as if it had proposed giving free vodka to alcoholics, send their children to private schools with armed security.
Of course, these facts weren’t mentioned on MTP. Rather, Gregory attempted to play trial lawyer with a cross-examination of LaPierre that sought to treat as a fatal “admission” that an armed guard might not always prevent all deaths by murderous gunman. LaPierre deftly reminded the MTP host that the problem at Columbine was not that security guards were present and armed, but that state law procedures had prevented those guards from responding immediately; and that those laws were changed after the massacre.
Gregory and the Left want more gun control, much as they crave ever more health care control, profit control and control of every aspect of life by an ever larger government populated by liberals like them that know best. It doesn’t matter that Columbine occurred while President Clinton’s federal assault weapon ban was in place. It doesn’t matter that Lanza legally used his mother’s guns purchased in Connecticut, which had and has an assault weapons ban.
It doesn’t matter that Lanza would have been less likely to be forced into a straight jacket based upon his behavior prior to his murderous rampage than would elected Democrats and liberals in the media using violent, war-like metaphors aimed at conservatives.
Federal law already requires background checks for most gun sales and prohibits any sale to a convicted felon. State laws are even more strict.
But the liberal press and the Democratic Party long ago eschewed logic, facts and reason. Except for a few, like attorney Alan Dershowitz:
“There are better ways of addressing school safety,” Dershowitz said. “Look, I recently was in Congress and in the White House. And to get into any of those buildings, you have to go through one door first, and it locks behind you. Then you have to go through another door, and you get tested for metal and everything else. Our schools should be as safe as our Congress.”
“Look at buildings — you go to visit a law firm today, you can’t just walk up to see the partner,” Dershowitz said. “You have to go and present ID. It’s the reality of life. It’s far less restrictive of freedom if we have that than if we start locking people up based on suspicion, start controlling video games, start tinkering with the Second Amendment in its broadest sense. I think there are things we can do to make our schools safer, and they will require compromises with convenience. But we have to make our schools safer.”
Dershowitz felt the liberal wrath from CNN on this matter, much as he did when he supported water boarding after 9/11. When it comes to protecting Americans from jihadists, the liberals will eat their own. But who knew that if non-celebrities and non-government officials wished to protect their children in school, they would be so vociferously denounced.
This conservative doesn’t favor federal laws that force local schools to protect their children. We favor state and local control of education. But Wayne LaPierre and the NRA gave us a stark contrast this week between his considered, adult behavior in the wake of the latest school shooting as opposed to the childish rants of the liberals, Democrats and even a few timid Republicans.
What this conservative wants for Christmas for “the children” is that they be protected from the adult children populating government and the press by more conservatives in academia, the press, and government; especially including a good guy with a gun just down the hall from first grade.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
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