By Bill Frady
Saturday is the infamous first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. MDA, MAIG, OFA, The Brady Campaign…all intend to reopen this scar on the American psyche, enflame emotions and once again demand “more ineffective” gun control. And they will fail. But that’s not the question we as gun owners and carriers are asking. What we need to do is very carefully deconstruct known facts and move forward. So, respectfully, I offer this for your consideration . . .
Most school shootings are carried out by current students. Whether they were bullied, ignored or troubled, this is a historical fact. Adam Lanza, though, was, at least chronologically, an adult. All of his weapons were obtained legally by his mother in a state with highly restrictive gun laws.
Apparently the fact that Nancy Lanza couldn’t communicate with him except by email within the same household was a red flag that escaped her notice. That proved a fatal oversight on her part as did her apparent attempts to teach him responsible firearm handling. The actual event that triggered the shooting spree, almost certainly manifested within his troubled mind, will never be known.
Passive Defense Systems
In this case, the securing mechanisms of the modern school, performed as advertised. They were simply bypassed. Entry to the building was easy in this case, and never really slowed Lanza down. ‘Hardened’ or ‘resistant’ is meant to be something that buys you time, and most of the time it does. The most-accepted school defense protocols are grossly inadequate. Passive defenses only function if they are attacked. A hardened door beside a wall of plate glass is not the answer.
Apparently the first four people who rushed Lanza never stood a chance. Still, the principal and some administrators rushed him anyway. While he was mowing them down, another adult was able to call 911 and start locking down classrooms. That person maintained the presence of mind to do everything possible, all while pulling back and directing students out of harm’s way. Imagine that same cool and calm person with a bit of training…and a GLOCK in that moment.
That clearly is a failure. Locked out also means locked in. Once again, bullet resistant does not mean bullet proof. Since there is no photographic record on display, I presume that Lanza shot his way in and then the trapped children. In their final moments they were abjectly terrified and shot in turn. This stupidity and short-sightedness makes me seethe with anger.
Once again, I have seen no pictures, but I presume these classrooms had non-opening windows. Wouldn’t something as simple as an emergency spring-loaded hammer saved lives that day? Those children died at Lanza’s hand, but their deaths were partially the fault of an engineered inability to egress. Way to go, kneejerks.
As a Second Amendment advocate, this shooting, like all the others affects me. Not because of the gun control fight it brings with it, but because innocent people died. If at all possible, transport me back in time to Sandy Hook. Let me get between Lanza and the unsuspecting innocents. I have wanted that to happen in every recent mass shooting. And I suspect I am not alone.
Lots of gun owners have children and grandchildren, and would defend them to the death without question. This isn’t bravado, this is community. Friends and family. It is not Ramboesgue to superimpose that same regard to innocent strangers.I simply cannot, in good conscience look the other way as a madman kills.
What Have We Learned?
Part 1: The government. Short answer is apparently nothing. For them it’s business as usual. Ban guns, keep gun-free zones intact, call for more studies, throw money they don’t have at it. While you’re at it, only throw enough money to make your prescribed changes at 26,000 of the nations 156,000 schools. In short, do everything except something effective.
Part 2: The gun owning public. Apparently we are a parasite on American society. Or so they would have us believe. Watch Arkansas this year. We’ve been joined by teachers in some school districts there. They are on campus, discreetly packing. They have been trained. They are volunteers. In short, they have transformed their schools from soft to hard targets. And they are advertising it. I predict they will be quite safe.
We also learned that the gun grabbers are very intent on disarming us. Everyone was in on it. Media, government, Hollywood…all the usual suspects. Common sense regulation, gun safety, not an infringement became the common talking points. And for me the saddest note: The statists will not allow those poor innocents their just rest. Still, we have persevered. Nothing was passed legislatively at least on a federal level.
But we knew they wanted to disarm us anyway, didn’t we? What we really learned is that the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex, isn’t the bastion of the emphatic humanity that feels your pain. We learned that they will stoop to any low to achieve their goal. We learned they will lie to us. That they want us disarmed and docile, so they can live our lives for us.
And they made Sandy Hook possible with business as usual.