After praising Social Studies teacher Megan Silberberger [above] for intervening in the recent Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Facebook page wonders “When will Congress stand up to the gun lobby so that teachers and students don’t have to stand up to gunmen?” Because if Congress stands up to the “gun lobby” (i.e. pro-gun advocates representing pro-gun Americans) and passes some unspecified gun control law (or twenty) school shooters will no longer attack people in schools. How about . . .
a Gun Free School Zone Act! Oh wait. Been there done that. Background checks? The Marysville shooter was too young to buy a gun. Darn! There must be some law or laws that would have stopped the gunmen from killing his compatriots. Some law or group of laws that would stop all these senseless slaughters in our schools. No. No there isn’t. Try telling that to MDA and their supporters, though.
Marie Saunders Batten How sick of a culture have we become? This story should never have had to be lived…told…or anyone have died for. Had it not been for the grip the NRA has on our cowards in Congress, it wouldnt have.
How? How would an “NRA-free” Congress have prevented this killing – or other similar attacks – with a gun control law (or twenty)? Again, what gun control law has stopped a spree killer? What law could? Both common sense and experience tells us that laws against criminal behavior do not eliminate that behavior. Just as laws against illegal items (e.g. meth) do not prevent them from being bought, sold, possessed and used.
Maria Lowry I was a teacher for 28 years. My job was not to carry a gun. It was to teach children. The community owes it to the children and the teachers to keep them safe. Pass some logical gun laws.
As The Princess Bride‘s Inigo Montoya would say “I don’t think that word means what you think it means.” But since Ms. Lowry asked (well almost), here’s a logical gun law: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Stop infringing on parents’, administrators’ and teachers’ right to keep and bear arms. Give defensive firearms training to those who are willing. Combine that with proactive mental health care in schools and throughout the “community” and I’m betting you’d have a far better plan to keep school children safe from spree killers than limiting Americans’ easy access to firearms.
Yes, I said it. Easy access. Anyway, it’s that disconnect – between pie-in-the-sky self-righteous anti-gun faith in gun control laws and the grim reality of what we need to do to remove dangerous people from society and prepare for the ones we miss – that’s so damn idiotic. You have to be something of a dolt not see that direct intervention, hopefully psychological but ultimately ballistic, is the only “answer” to the question “what do we do about spree killers?”
What’s even stupiderer: the MDA’s touchy-feely followers can’t see where their anti-gun agitprop leads. Unless, of course, they can . . .
John Derryman Children are in school to learn not to be targets for gun carrying yobs, when are going to stop selling guns to people when we have police and the army all armed.
Once again, a commentator under an MDA post “gets it.” Shannon Watts’ mob wants to disarm civilians. That’s their plan to protect children, abused women and shoppers threatened by open carriers shopping for groceries. That’s what MDA is selling. That’s their endgame. Not “responsible gun ownership.” Civilian disarmament. Anyone who can’t see that is either ignorant, willfully ignorant or intellectually challenged. Take your pick.