Posted by: bridget | 10 October 2007

“Gun-Free Zone” Under Fire

A high school student in Ohio brought two guns into school; he opened fire, wounding four students and teachers before killing himself.

This is in plain violation of the gun-free nature of schools.  In the shocker of the century, this youngster, while ignoring laws about not shooting people, also chose to ignore laws about not having guns on high school campuses.  His law-abiding victims, however, obeyed the gun laws and thus lacked means of defending themselves. 

Query why this young individual did not choose to shoot up an NRA meeting. So many guns – so little violence.

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Responses

  1. I agree. Schools should not be gun-free zones. Someone — teachers or administration — may need to have guns to protect the kids. That’s what they do in Israel, and you don’t see schools getting shot up over there anymore.

    I do wonder, however, how we stop this kind of thing at the source? How do we discourage this kind of thing from happening in the first place? It doesn’t seem that more laws will help. What is needed is some change in attitudes and heart. Yes?

  2. What will change attitudes and hearts is headlines like this:

    “Student Shot Dead During Shooting Spree (witness say he only fired 3 shots)”

    If these nuts start getting killed before being able to make their “statement,” then it will stop. If not, then at least a lot fewer people will die at their hands.

  3. I do wonder, however, how we stop this kind of thing at the source? How do we discourage this kind of thing from happening in the first place? It doesn’t seem that more laws will help. What is needed is some change in attitudes and heart. Yes?

    Ditto that. High school is a rough place.

    You can’t regulate wrongdoing out of existence. Our relative peace and safety is an anomoly in the world and in history. Prevent what wrongdoing you can, accept that a certain amount of whack jobs are in the world, and do your best to protect yourself from the latter group.

  4. If these nuts start getting killed before being able to make their “statement,” then it will stop. If not, then at least a lot fewer people will die at their hands.

    Well, yes. The animal world has this one figured out. Porcupines have nice big spikes to let you know that, if you want to pick a fight, you’re going to be in pain. Insects and fish have bright colours to let you know that messing with them will make you very, very ill. In fact, every freakin animal out there has some defence mechanism or is on its way to extinction.

  5. I think school personel should be trained and have a psychological examintion first. But then those who want to should be allowed to carry a gun.

    I concur with Mark on the probable results.

    When I hear people talking about reducing violence by outlawing guns, I want to suggest, why not just outlaw the violence.

  6. “So many guns – so little violence.”

    Thanks for the laugh!

  7. You’re welcome. That’s what I’m here for.

  8. Hi Bridget,
    Great post. You’ve been busy over here!

    Thanks for the job interview well wishes today. I haven’t interviewed in over 3 years, but I felt it went great and that the promotion belongs to me. :) Time will tell!

  9. It always shocks me when criminals break the law. Somehow, the gun always gets the blame. Weird.

  10. Tammi,

    Glad to hear it. :) Let me know how it goes!

    About that second point – yeah, go figure. Without guns, presumably, criminals wouldn’t break the law? Liberals always assume that, no matter what, people will follow the law if there are enough laws out there to follow.


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