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Guns, Schools, and Grabbers

Thursday, January 04, 2007

It seems every time a gun is involved a crime, we hear from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Much like a Prairie Dog poking its head out of its hole, they're sounding the siren to grab guns or otherwise restrict ownership. And I quote:

"Our sympathies go out to the families of the young people involved in this morning's terrible incident at Henry Foss High School," said Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "The police and the public need to get answers to the questions of 'where did the gun come from, and why are guns so easy to get?' Unfortunately, it is not difficult for many of our children to get a gun, and it has been getting easier, not harder."

Legislators in Washington aim to pass a bill to require criminal background checks at so-called gun shows, for example. At such shows, unlicensed gun sellers can sell as many firearms as they wish without having the buyer pass a background check. Washington does not have a child access prevention statute to require parents to keep guns locked away from young people, and has lax requirements for obtaining concealed weapons permits.

While any shooting is a tragedy, the solution to prevent such shootings is not to disarm the public. Doing so will only embolden those who don't give a damn about gun laws. (Hint: this is why they're called criminals.)
Here's a little fact for you: it has been 11 years since there was a shooting fatality at a school in Washington State. It occurred in 1996 in Moses Lake. To me, that's not a bad run with no gun-related fatalities. For anyone to think that you could totally prevent shootings in school is ridiculous. I personally prefer the Israeli approach where teachers can be armed. I'd be willing to bet kids would be less likely to pull this kind of crap if they knew every single teacher and/or administrator had a weapon on them.


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