End “Gun Free Zones”….They Do Not Work

There was a school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas recently, and it happened in a Gun Free Zone. Ten were killed, and another ten were wounded. The shooter, a 17-year-old student from the school, wore a trench coat, in 98 degree weather, which should have triggered a concern. He used two fire arms, owned by his father, that were purchased legally. It is reported that several kinds of explosives were found in and around the school, in a vehicle, and at his home. Plans for the attack were found on his phone, and on his home computer. There were pictures of the shooter wearing a shirt that said, “Born To Kill”. He was known to be obsessed with violent video games.

No matter what we learn about this shooter’s past, I can guarantee, there will be an outcry for gun control, and school safety will take a back seat. The second amendment will again come under attack. Emotions will drown out common sense thinking, and real solutions. Here are some recent comments I read after the attack, that make sense to me.

Rand Paul said that we don’t want signs like “Gun Free Zone” saying we are defenseless. Homicide, crazes, and mentally ill  are not so crazy that  they shoot up the sheriff’s office. He noted that Hollywood hates guns, yet they have armed guards for protection. They produce massive  films that glamorize gun violence. He also said that with the 330 million of Americans it takes a fraction of a fraction of a percent of crazy people to commit these kinds of crimes. It is like finding a needle in a haystack. He said that we need to secures schools, pin point dangerous people, and separate guns from them. He mentioned the phrase “See Something, Say Something”. But he noted that it has been verified that there were 58 opportunities missed or over looked where the Parkland, FL shooter was concerned. He ended by saying that removing guns from law-abiding people was not the answer.

Dennis Bates, a Facebook friend said, “Banks, airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses, and sports stadiums, are all protected by armed security. The president, and members of Congress work in offices surrounded by armed Capital Police officers. Yet when it comes to the most beloved, innocent and vulnerable members of the American family, our children, we as a society leave them utterly defenseless, and the monsters, and predators of the world know it, and exploit it.

Andrew Pollack, father of daughter Meadow, a victim of the Parkland shooting, has been very vocal with his views. He thinks schools should have the same security as  airports.  And he thinks the focus should be on safety and not on guns. He believes the second amendment is a good thing, and that the negative attack on the NRA is misguided.

Another great thinker, and friend of mine named Richard, said, “The problem is that the blame for this shooting rests with the shooter. Most of the liberals in the media blame the NRA, some school instructors who are accused of bullying the kid, etc. They are always blaming someone else. Gun control would not have prevented this tragedy. This nut committed a crime, and did something that was wrong. He killed a lot of innocent people. In all of these shooting, the liberals blame society, white privilege, the NRA, and guns. But they don’t blame the criminal, who committed  the crime. Also, officials don’t allow teachers to defend themselves by carrying a gun or have armed officers on Their campus”.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbot said, “The answer to gun violence is not to take guns away. The problem is not guns, it is hearts without God”.

James Alan Fox of Northeastern University, who has studied these shootings, has this to say. “The thing to remember is that these are extremely rare events, and no matter what you come up with to prevent them, the shooter will have a workaround”.

Thoughts and prayers are not enough to keep schools or students safe. Schools need to be secured with officers at every entrance and scattered throughout each campus. Having metal detectors and bullet proof glass seems like a no-brain-er. Teach students the concept of SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING , and RUN, HIDE, FIGHT. Removing guns from innocent people is not the answer.

Home grown terrorist, whose Facebook pages are all about guns and killing people are part of the problem, maybe as dangerous as not having a wall to block illegals.

Mental Health issues need to move to the head of the line. It is sad that it has taken school shootings to get this idea across. This subject needs to be addressed at all levels, Federal, State, County, local, and in each and every home and school. Pretending that it is not the problem, or that it does not exist, is not working.

The Supreme Court of the United States has affirmed that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right of the individual. Remember, if we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.

Let us throw away ideas that look more like band-aids. Let’s tackle workable solutions that produce a safe environment for students and our communities. Make schools secure, and focus on finding the dangerous and mentally ill, and keep them from ALL FORMS of destruction, including blocking them from having firearms.


About Martha (Marty) Dickson Patterson

Marty: Retired from sales and management near Seattle, Washington.
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