The problem with this claim should be immediately obvious. Box cutters and liquids were banned from commercial airplanes. Nearly 100% of adult Americans still own bottles of liquids and knife-like objects such as box cutters. Few people would argue that there’s anything wrong with banning unauthorized personnel with carrying semi-automatic rifles in preschools and dance clubs. It’s something that can be achieved with private security, and we would be well-advised to beef it up in places that are likely to be targets of mass shootings.
Oy. While the NRA may agree with this “defend soft targets with private security meme” — considering NRA Veep Wayne LaPierre’s recent comment that “we should not have firearms where people are drinking” and the gun rights org’s post-Newtown proposal to put an armed guard in every school — zerohedge.com is equally misguided.
I am one of those “few people” who argue that firearms bans in schools and dance clubs is very wrong. If a teacher or parent had been armed at Sandy Hook, the outcome may have been very different (in a good way). If a bartender or patron had been armed at The Pulse Nightclub had been armed in Orlando, the outcome may have been very different (in a good way).
If either locale had more than one armed civilian ready to defend innocent life, well, you get the point. As for people carrying “assault rifles” in these soft targets, it would have been a tad clumsy, but entirely useful. Anyway, as I said, our AI can fill in the blanks. As for the NRA and zerohedge.com, they’re firing them. Which is a bad idea on a lot of levels.