Anti-Gun Nut Orgasms to Commence in 3…2…1

Tragically, yet another school shooting occurred today. Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon was the scene of the shooting. Since it happened within the past 2 to 3 hours, details are scarce. The only fact police will confirm is that the shooter is dead.

We know nothing about the person who made a conscious decision to go to this school with the intention of harming or killing someone, but it has been reported that Reynolds High School does not have armed security personnel within the building.  Although they do have two police officers on the school grounds, the officers are located outside not within the building where most school shootings occur.  If they hear the shots, the officers have to run to the building, determine where the sounds came from and waste time locating the shooter.  If armed security personnel were located within the building at various locations, their chances of ending an incident and preventing further tragedy would be much greater.

I believe that any town council or school board members who vote to declare our schools “Gun Free Zones” (You know, a building containing hundreds of children with an implied open invitation to “Come on in and harm our kids. We’ll wait for the police.”) should be charged as accessories to any crimes committed by an individual (or individuals) with a knife, firearm, bomb or other device.   Stationing armed, well-trained security personnel within our schools would not invite more incidents such as this. It would discourage them. If teachers were permitted to carry licensed firearms and receive proper training from either the FBI or local police agencies, it would discourage potential shooters from trying. However, that would make sense and we all know those who seek to eradicate personal firearms from the face of the earth don’t have any.

Another issue is that teachers and parents need to PAY A-FUCKING-TTENTION to their kids! Are they much more depressed than the average teenager? Are they angry all of the time? Do they isolate themselves from the family or other kids their age? Are their grades slipping? Do they express anxiety about going to school? A million clues can reveal themselves if you take the time to look. I personally believe that school shootings have very little to do with the gun, and a great deal to do with the mental state of the person holding it. One or two hours a week with a psychologist or psychiatrist could save ten or twenty lives in some cases.

We, as a society, need to understand that there are those who struggle tremendously to feel comfortable in social situations. They cannot relate to people and simple therapy sessions are not enough. Willowbrook is gone and the regulations for in-patient mental health care are much more stringent than even ten years ago. Inspections are more frequent and many times the families have an important role in the care regimen for their loved ones. Why, then, is it so difficult for a highly trained psychiatrist to place a patient in one of these facilities if they feel the patient is a danger to him/herself or others?

Banning firearms is not the answer. There have been several incidents of late in which the weapon has been a kitchen knife. Are we going to be required to register our cutlery next?

Remember the days when school was safe and motorcycles were dangerous?

There was another school shooting in Colorado today. A student walked into the building with a shotgun looking for the Librarian. A student confronted him and was shot in the head. He/she is now in critical condition. The Librarian was warned that there was a threat against him and he left the building. Why the students who were in the Library weren’t made to leave as well is beyond me.

Eventually, the gunboy (he was only 15 or 16) shot himself and is dead.

Where were the parents of this kid? Didn’t they notice he was obviously a troubled person? Did they even care? What about the adults at the school who had contact with him on a daily basis? No one noticed anything!?!?

Now the gun control advocates will be out in force again. They will try to get them banned – again. They will fail to listen to the logical argument that, had there been armed security personnel in the school, the student with the shotgun most likely would not have made it through the door. If there were better laws and treatments centered around the mentally and emotionally ill, two thousand students lives would not be forever changed.

And this child would be alive…
And the one he shot would not be in a hospital with his/her family praying at the bedside that their son or daughter makes it through the night…
And praying that their child will be the same if he/she survives…