People need guns…FIFY . . .
Several weeks ago we learned the results of a new survey: The United States is apparently one of the ten most dangerous countries in the world for women. It’s not, actually, but that is the conclusion the Left has reached and is promoting based on inflated college-rape statistics and the fetishizing of victimhood. The survey results were compiled not from actual statistics, but instead from 550 interviews with so-called women’s experts around the world. From their answers, it’s clear that those in the intersectional American Left are walking around scared for their physical safety, or at least pretending to, even if that fear isn’t grounded in reality. …
The notion that women are so at risk in the U.S. becomes particularly interesting when one considers that the same liberal ideologues promoting it are also diametrically opposed to gun rights. The American Left simultaneously holds the views that life is more dangerous for women here than in most other places in the world and that the Second Amendment should be repealed or, at the very least, drastically curtailed.
Even under constant threat, women, if gun-rights opponents got their way, would not have the ability to protect themselves with the best defenses available. If women were really so threatened, so at risk of rape or assault at any given moment in the workplace and on the streets, what would we want them to have on their persons and in their homes to protect themselves? Would we want the strongest defense available to women to be pepper spray or a gun?
Between the lines: Where it hits hardest
- There were 215 shootings in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago in the first 7 months of the year — almost 12% of the total number of shootings in the city during the same time period, according to datafrom the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and others.
- Adam Alonso, the executive director of BUILD Chicago, told Axios that children in neighborhoods like Austin walk out of the house with the belief “they might not make it back home.”
- The median income in the majority-African-American neighborhood is $20,000 less than the median income for Chicago, and almost a third of the neighborhood’s residents live below the poverty line, according to City-Data.com.
The gun violence problem will get solved once the economic and racial equality problems are solved, said Colleen Daley, executive director of the Illinois Council against Handgun Violence.
And this is a problem…why? . . .
Police in Bismarck, North Dakota, want to put AR-15 rifles in some schools so school resource officers can respond more quickly in the event of an active shooter.
Police asked for almost $26,000 in their 2019 budget request to buy the rifles, heavy body armor and bleeding control kits for the city’s nine high schools and middle schools, Bismarck Police Chief Dave Draovitch told CNN.
The money will also be used to buy a safe at each school to keep the equipment away from students, teachers and staff.
“The SROs (school resource officers) will be the only ones who have access to this equipment,” he said.
The cost would be split with the school system.
Pretty sure this isn’t a new concept . . .
Audrey Larson is a 14-year-old inventor.
For past competitions, she’s created glow-in-the-dark pajamas and a device to pet your dog. But this year, after hearing about the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, she felt compelled to focus on a more serious issue.
“It’s really scary to just think about, and that’s kind of what sparked that idea,” Larson said. “Some of my friends were having anxiety about being at school and I don’t think that’s fair to any kid.”
Larson was looking for an idea to enter into competition, and discussions around school shootings among her peers led her to what she says is her own solution to the problem. She invented a foldable bulletproof wall model that can be used to protect students like her in the event of a school shooting.
Well, yeah . . .
The point is that the “weapon” used to commit mass murder is not the issue. And the solution is not to deny access to rental vans, knives or guns. As four of my co-workers and I huddled on the rooftop after I was shot, we weren’t angrily calling for gun bans or changes in the law. We recognized our attacker was lost. It wasn’t the weapon he chose, it was his mental illness.
New laws like background checks, age restrictions, smaller magazine sizes and elimination of accessories will not prevent mass shootings. The Navy Yard shooter used a shotgun that held four spare shells with one in the chamber. Limiting that number would not have saved my co-workers’ lives, or the lives of those lost at the Gazette.
The most effective way to prevent future mass shootings is to identify the root cause. To arrest those responsible, to prosecute them, and to provide mental illness treatment.
This mass shooting survivor understands the cause was the not the weapon, or the capacity of the magazine, or the rented van. The cause was the mental instability of the shooter. Strengthening our mental health system, reviewing psychotropic drug use, and bolstering community-based support systems is a good start — along with encouraging faith-based initiatives bring spiritual wellness and healing.
— Texas GOP (@TexasGOP) August 14, 2018