--Lisa and Paul
Today, we enjoyed lunch with Ranger's friend Paul Longgrear and he shared his thoughts on the most recent shocking (sadly, no) school shooting. What follows are Paul's written thoughts on the matter:
The evil, demonic-inspired massacre at the Newtown elementary school is a terrible thing, but we can prevent it from happening ever again.
Am I angry about all those dead kids? Yes, and I want a real solution. The question is, do we want to prevent the next occurrence? Do we want to protect innocent children and their caregivers? Do we want them to come home unscathed at the day's end, or do we want to keep an assault rifle out of the hands of an evil nutcase? The two are not commensurate; the first is almost 100% doable; the latter is not. While the matter is juggled as a political hot potato, more lives hang in the balance.
In the 1950's and 60's Muslim terrorists targeted Israeli schools and children on field trips. Yet it has been almost 40 years since the last school massacre at Ma'alot. The Israeli's attacked the problem, not the origin of the problem. Israel saw the problem as endangered children, not assault rifles in the hands of their enemies.
They fenced in their schools and stationed armed guards at the gates. It is embarrassing that we do not have a politician to front this immediate solution. The guards could be trained soldiers in civilian clothing. It is not an impossible solution, and is one fairly quickly emplaced.
Pragmatism demands we decide: Do we love our political agenda more than we love the immediate preservation of life? We can play politics with guns, or protect our children. We have never been able to ban drugs, so why think we can ban anything? You can criminalize it, but once people are dead, you cannot make them undead (no matter how many zombie films you watch.)
If you are in the first camp, brace yourself for the consequences of your inaction: decades of violence while "assault" weapons (possibly) work their way out of the system due to obsolescence.
If you want your children safe, petition you elected representatives and declare that you want their schools protected.
--Paul Longgrear, Col. USARMY (ret'd)
addendum: Paul proposes stationing armed guards outside the school at the exterior entrances. He does not propose placing armed guards in school. LF
Ranger would add:
We already have metal detectors at most schools, but they are worthless once someone breaches the detector. We also have Officer Friendlies on the school campus, so the idea of police has already been integrated into the culture.
The next logical step (which does not encroach upon our civil rights but DOES protect our right to self preservation) would be to secure the entrances to schools with an armed guard, either at the entrance or at a remote post. The logical personnel for this position would be retired military veterans or Homeland security personnel.
Take some HSA personnel out of the airports and put them on-task to do a necessary job -- protecting Americans from their own. This is the real and present danger ... not frisking citizens who might be carrying more than 3 ounces of shampoo or handing out Ziploc baggies.