A School choice

A School choice, to be armed or not? After another shooting it always comes up, gun control. Many believe that disarming people will provide more safety.  While the other side believes a well-armed public is the best crime deterrent. The funny thing is that both have some measure of truth. But somethings are impractical and somethings undermine our freedom.

Having more people with guns and them being able to carry them, can deter some criminals or at least give a chance to victims. Places where guns are not allowed only disarm the law abiding citizen, as the criminal does not care about the sign that proclaims “Gun Free Zone.”  That is a welcoming sign for bad people.  Having armed people or guards around usually sends the criminal down the road for an easier target. That is why high value locations have armed guards.

Removing guns from a country is a very difficult task but can be accomplish as shown somewhat in Europe and Australia. Yet even in these highly controlled countries guns are still used by criminals who do not abide by the laws. Guns are always for sale on the black market even in these tightly controlled countries.

There are at least 3 types of people who use guns; the terrorist, the crime of passion and the professional criminals. The terrorist is the hardest to stop because they usually have a group of supporters who help them. These people are willing to die for their cause and the only way to stop them is to eliminate them.  A good example is those prisoners from Guantanamo Bay who are released after years and return to the battle field to fight again.

The crime of passion is usually a one-time event that sets someone off into a crazy world of revenge. They will use any weapon of convenience. Sometimes the more pain the weapon inflicts the better. In many instances these attacks are at churches because a jilted person knows where to find the victim.  However armed parishioners could deter or at lease offer some protection.

Professional criminals are the ones that ignore laws and in fact benefit from gun restrictions. The more the average citizen is disarmed the better. This group also includes the gang members who carry and love to show their toughness with shooting someone. Regardless of the law they will always have guns and use them unless they are confronted with force and even then some will shoot it out to the death.

The progressives call for gun control and even gun confiscation, believing that without guns people will not kill people.  How ludicrous as human kind has always killed other humans for just some of the reasons above. Some believe that the police will protect and that is true if they are at the scene. However, at the scene ofmost crimes there usually only the criminals and the victims.  In many locations police have become report writers. So what to do?

Allow citizens to carry weapons across state lines after they have been trained and pass background checks. Instructors should be able to flag people who are unsuitable for gun ownership and that sticks with the person until they have a hearing. Allow school teachers and administrators to carry after the training and background check. Have a training day for teachers that all students are aware of, because they attend does not mean teachers are required to carry, but who knows who carries and those who do not. Place armed guards at schools as they do in many countries. Since automation is eliminating many jobs here are some valuable ones that will provide jobs for many qualified people. This will be a good start but taking guns away from good citizens does not provide safety, it just provides more helpless victims.


  1. Terry Donnelly says:

    Mike, you are right–people will always kill people. My suggestion is that we make them think of other ways to do it than with a gun. How many mass murders do you think we’d see without the help of hundreds of rounds in dozens of clips? As for guns in schools–I can’t possibly think of what could possibly go wrong when there is a gun in the desk of a teacher with 30 first graders in the room. I know the drawer should be locked and on and on, but hundreds of kids are killed each year because of a mistake. I sure don’t want more bullets flying around classrooms, fewer, or none, is much better.

  2. Michelle Poe says:

    It is so frustrating to see more regurgitated black and white point of views on the same issue. We need sensible gun control. The child that killed 17 people in Florida should not have had access to that gun.
    The man that mascaraed 58 people at a concert should not have had an arsenal that allowed him to harm so many people in ten minutes. This does not mean take away all the guns. The guns need to be controlled just like cars and drivers are controlled. Every car is registered so should every gun. Every driver on the road has to be trained and prove they know how to drive. Same with using a gun. Those skills should be retested at a set interval. People that have a medical condition that could make driving unsafe should not be driving. People with mental illness and history of violence should not own a gun. Regulating cars and drivers has not stopped all traffic deaths but it has saved enough lives that everyone knows it is worth it. Gun control will not stop crime. No one said it would. But it will save lives and something needs to be done. If you are a responsible gun owner, that is GREAT! These changes will not effect you. I get that people love their guns but people love their cars too. More guns is not an answer. Spreading misinformation about taking away all guns away is not helping anyone. If you have a problem with the actual gun control laws being proposed then talk about that. Do you think bump stocks should be legal? Do you believe that age limits and background checks shouldn’t be required? This sensationalism is pointless and sickening when children are dying. Maybe instead, you can contact your congressman that tell him what sensible gun control you do support? How many more lives will be lost before burying your head in the sand is no longer acceptable?

  3. Ruth Pacheco says:

    I agree with your comment. A friend of mine told me that in Tx. & Az. a person 18 yrs. Old can buy a gun without background checks!!! This astounded me, unbelievable about the gun laws not all being the same in the states.The federal government needs to WAKE UP & do
    Something FAST to end these terrible tradegies.

  4. Jennifer J Conklin says:

    I agree completely with you Mike except that I believe gun control is an issue that will be argued for years and never solved. What I don’t understand is why is it okay to have armed security at banks and anywhere that contains money and valuables but we don’t value our children enough to have armed security at schools. When has money become more valuable than the lives of children? In the meantime, we have children to protect. Let’s get armed security, retired military, someone in there who has training, who cares enough about the children to protect them. I don’t think it should alone be left to the teachers; but I think they should have the choice to be armed. Kids are a heck of a lot more valuable more than money. It’s time the nation gets our priorities straight.

  5. Mike Young says:

    Passing new laws will not do anything fast, in fact ,passing laws does not deter criminals. Even outlawing guns, Which would take decades to get them all, and the bad guys would keep theirs. Bump stocks and things like that should go. Mental health issues were almost wiped out by people who think mental illness is nothing and closed most of the hospital that treated people. That needs to be revisited because you’re right mental health should disqualify from gun ownership.The only thing that works fast is hardening the targets. If ever you have seen a concealed weapons class and we have a good one in Mesquite, this is good training and having anyone who wants a gun to attend one of those type classes would be a good qualification to own gun. But all take time and only hardening will work fast. Less guns in the hands of good people will not reduce mass killings.

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