Sadly, the discussion of making our children safer has degenerated into name-calling. If one hoped for a rational discussion, the “conversation about guns” initially referenced, it isn’t happening.
Partisan politics dominates and demonizing opponents is the rule of the day. Senator Dianne Feinstein is doubling down, as is the Obama administration, by introducing an assault weapons ban. Feinstein was widely quoted after the Newtown massacre by mainstream media which replayed her earlier comment about “Mr. and Mrs. America, turn’em all in.” She’s never repudiated her statement. Her voting record proves that she meant all guns, not some.
The problem with all of these gun laws is none proposed would have prevented the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary or anywhere else. Effective security measures to make schools safer has been lost in the rhetoric as the left has changed the subject to demonizing lawful gun owners. The Westchester County Journal News, www.lohud.com, in New York published the names and addresses of legal gun permit holders in their county, thereby exposing thousands of police officers, prison guards and women fleeing stalkers and domestic violence to unnecessary risk.
Worse, according to the county clerk, much of the information was inaccurate and subjected non-gun owners to unwelcome violation of their privacy.
A shooting that occurred at Taft High School had a similar theme as previous school shootings. A potential killer walked into an unsecured school and opened fire as reported by CNN. No locked doors, no guards, wide open.
At Sandy Hook, the doors were locked but shot open, but no guard or police to confront the killer. At Fort Hood, a military post “awash in weapons,” according to media commentators, the killer gunned down a dozen troops, thereby confirming the proposition that “having guards wouldn’t work,” except, it isn’t true.
Military posts are dictatorships; troops are unarmed unless in tightly controlled training exercises in which every bullet and shell casing is accountable. Weapons not in use are locked in arms rooms resembling bank vaults with ammo stored separately.
At Hood, the killer was taken out by armed police officers, but not until he had killed a dozen unarmed soldiers.
At Columbine, according to the television news media, a school guard did confront one of the killers, who had entered through unsecured doors at the other side of the school. Most of the shootings occurred within less than 10 minutes.
Banning guns like in Australia or Britain, according to www.gunandcrime.org, has seen violent crime skyrocket, especially sexual assaults against women and violence during burglaries when assailants knew someone was home. According to The Weekly Standard, in London, you are six times more likely to be mugged than in New York City. You can diminish spectacular mass shootings, but multiply the victims 10 or 100 fold, one victim at a time where they will be but footnotes in crime statistics. What you won’t be is safer.
If you doubt it, ask the Connecticut doctor whose wife and daughters were raped, tortured and burned alive in a home invasion robbery a few years ago. The ex-cons who invaded his home had guns (illegally possessed), he didn’t.
A Georgia mother of two, at home with her children, shot a burglar this week defending her family. She was one of two million Americans who annually use a firearm in self-defense. Without her gun, she would have been just another anonymous crime statistic. We can shout at each other or think about the problem and real solutions. However, just putting up signs declaring schools to be “gun free zones” would embarrass even an ostrich.
Al Fonzi is a retired Army Lt. Colonel and career intelligence officer with more than 30 years of service. He is a self-described conservative and active in several political organizations. Fonzi first moved to Atascadero in 1972.For the complete article see the 01-18-2013 issue.
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