School Safety and the Placebo of Gun Control

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School Safety and the Placebo of Gun Control

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- “We have to do something.” We’ve heard that phrase time and again from politicians and gun control spokesmen.

With some 23 thousand firearms regulations already on the U.S. law books, it seems that we’ve done quite a lot that hasn’t worked. Those ineffective laws don’t stop the urge for more feel-good regulation after the murders in Parkland, Florida. What would really save our students?

We tried mandatory background checks. Those laws didn’t stop the mass murder at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. Background checks didn’t stop the murders at Isla Vista, California, or at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. I chose these particular examples because Oregon and California have some of the most restrictive firearms transfer laws in the country..including mandatory background checks. They already failed, but I expect the gun-prohibitionists to call for more background checks.

We tried gun-free zones, but they failed too. Rather than stop mass murderers, gun-free zones seem to attract these killers. In fact, almost all of our mass murders took place in gun-free zones. The reason is easy to understand. Mass murderers don’t want to get into a gun fight. Instead, they want to shoot innocent victims who can’t shoot back. Gun-free zones effectively disarmed the honest people who were never a threat in the first place. Unfortunately, also we disarmed the honest people who could slow down or stop the murderer. Expect to hear more calls for gun-free zones.

We tried an “assault weapons ban” back in 1994 under President Clinton. The ban didn’t disarm criminals. It didn’t stop mass murders. Dedicated mass murderers got their guns before they committed their crimes, or they got them by murder. The assault weapons ban didn’t stop them in either case. The ban only made it harder for honest gun owners to own some guns, and that is the lesson we haven’t learned.

Before you pass a new law, assume that the people who commit mass murder will break it. Passing another law will only change the behavior of the honest people who obey the law.

If more laws could stop mass murder, then our 23 thousand current gun regulations should have done it long ago.

The sad fact is that we’re passing laws to make us feel better rather than to effectively stop attacks on our schools. We know what we should do, but doing it doesn’t give us that warm feeling inside. The pleasure of a quick fix, putting more ink on paper and passing another law does.

We should know better. It is amazing to me that we finally have a generation who figured out that drug prohibition laws don’t work. That same generation is now eager to pass more gun prohibitions. Some things never change.

I want us to change what we’re doing and to protect our children. We need better mental health treatment. We also need armed staff in schools. That is what law enforcement says. That is what we do for the children of elite society, and I think they are right.

Our kids deserve it too.


About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

  • 29 thoughts on “School Safety and the Placebo of Gun Control

    1. Yes, eighteen-year-olds do serve in the armed forces. As I mentioned in my post, I am a veteran. However, upon entering the service, these youngsters are not just handed a rifle and told “have at it.” They are trained and supervised to an unbelievable degree. They are told when to shoot, what to shoot, how much to shoot, and what to shoot at, and then unless in a conflict zone, hand their firearms in so they can be secured and every round accounted for. So, while I am still very much pro-gun, I don’t believe that argument holds water.

      1. Comment …I was 9 days past my 19th birthday when I enlisted , have owned my own guns since I was 10 . True they were given to me by my dad. He was one who would not have done so had I not been responsible. And yes as someone said Ted Kennedy’s car has killed more people than my civilian firearms.

    2. As a veteran, a physician, a multiple-gun owner, and a parent who has buried a teenaged child, I can tell you that there is no easy fix, or way to escape the emotions of either side of this situation. We all want our children to be safe, and we all want our liberties to be preserved, but safety often comes at the expense of liberty to some degree. It is not a good idea for an eighteen year old to be able to purchase a firearm, and I believe that right will disappear soon. However, if the deranged soul of Nikolas Cruz did not have a rifle, he might have made an IED at home and taken a hundred with him instead of seventeen. The fact is that he was able to get into the school with the intent to cause harm and that is where we as a society are failing our children. We put more effort into securing the safety of our possessions and money than our children! We can probably do a little to decrease the number of mentally unstable people out there with guns, but we can certainly do A LOT to limit their access to our children. Single access points, armed staff, and more safety officers!!! Let’s start treating our children like the precious possessions that they are!!!

      1. I couldn’t agree more with you. Eighteen year old’s should not be able to purchase weapons period. They are simply too immature at that age to make rational judgments. But their were a lot of failures that lead to the latest incident. Now it turns out the officer on duty in the school left the building and took up a position outside and never engaged the shooter. My guess is he was about to retire and was saving his own skin. I’m guessing here of course, but he probably took the job cause he thought it would be an easy out until he could retire. Turns out he figured wrong and was too cowardly to do his job and others died because of it. But the FBI and the locals have nothing to be proud about either. It’s amazing the number of out right failures to act that occurred to cause this tragedy,

          1. I agree with the intent of your comment, but police departments don’t accept recruits for armed positions until they reach 21 due to federal gun laws. That being said if we are going to start changing the age for military better add voting, signing contracts, owning property and a lot of other things.

            1. This is the only part of your article I feel needs a response. Voting, owning property, and a lot of other things were added in the early 70s when 18 year olds were given adult status. When 18 year olds were required to face a draftand go o war when they weren’t allowed to vote and therefore had no representation in our government. Or didn’t you hear about that

            2. @DR, Quite right! Congress and the president legislated the age at which the full panorama of Constitutional Civil Rights attached at twenty-one years. Once the array of Constitutional Civil Rights (e.g. buying a firearm or voting) attaches, those Civil Rights can not be taken away (except for commission of a felony or adjudicated mental incompetency). Were it otherwise, Congress could take away all of our Constitutional Civil Rights by making the age of majority seventy-five or eighty-five or even ninety-five years old.

    3. IF THE FBI HAD GOT OFF THEIR ASS AND DID THEIR JOB THESE PEOPLE WOULD BE ALIVE I WONDER IF ANY OF THESE AGENTS HAD KIDS IN THAT SCHOOL IF THEY WOULD HAVE GOT OFF THEIR ASS NEGLECT OFF DUTY CAUSED THIS TO HAPPEN

    4. Eliminating gun-free zones by arming people is a start. Less publicity for these events would be another positive thing to do. Unfortunately, publicizing these incidents, besides the intent of informing people, just gives people ideas. Publication of these incidents is why we have copycat killings and fake threats of mass murder like those two in NH this week.

    5. Ok, ‘splain me dis one, Lucy. During WW-II, there was talk among Japan’s military planners about invading the U.S. Mainland. That discussion was rather quickly dashed when one astute leader said words to the effect, “Invading the American Mainland would be extremely foolhardy and costly. For, Americans are so well armed, that there would be a loaded gun waiting for our invasion, behind every blade of grass.”
      So, the world knows of our sense of freedom being linked to our ability to keep and bear firearms. Many are envious, indeed.
      So, why are the millions of gun owners silent? Why do those that cherish their freedom and unfettered Second Amendment, God-given right to self defense, meekly allowing the noisy, rude, wrong-minded gun control zealots every success innearly everyfight? Forforty years our “Shall Not Be Infringed,” have beenwhittled away, carved away, ignored, stripped, and worse.
      We know by whom, and why, buthow does such a massive, mighty and strong voting block allow one its most cherished and important Constitutional rights be taken away from us, and we lay here, thumbs in our butts, steam-rollered down by lunatics and politicians. Firearm owners and the industry as a block are far mightier than frantic liberals and RINO’s addicted to the broken placebo effect of making more laws that do NOT save lives, but are pure nuisance for the good people who dutifully follow them. The bad guys never have, never will.
      So- how about starting all over again? Get rid of bad policy and law, while crafting workable sensible rules that work, are not draconian slayers of the all-important, God-given rights.

    6. #1 REMOVE ALL GUN FREE ZONE SIGNS.
      #2 iNSTALL ARMED PERSONEL SIGNS

      #1 REMOVE ALL GUN FREE ZONE SIGNS
      #2 REPLACE WITH WE ARE ARMED SIGNS
      #3 CERTIFY STAFF WITH TRAINING AND CERTIFIED CONCEALED CARRY WITH THE STATE LAWS. OR HIRE GUARDS. OFF DUTY LEO’S OR MILITARY WITH HONORBLE DISCHARE AND PTSD CLEAR.
      #4 DIRECTLINE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.
      #5 iNCREASE AGE LIMIT TO PURCHASE FIREARMS. 21YRS OF AGE.
      #6 INCREASE WAITING PERIOD TO P/U FIREARM 7 DAYS.THIS TIME TO BE USED FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS( WITH EXCEPTION OF CCW PERMIT HOLDERS)
      #7 DATA BASE FOR ALL PROBLEM SCHOOL STUDENTS+ FELONY CHARGES FOR ALL VIOLATIONS, INCLUDING GUARDIANS.
      #8 MENTAL HEALTH STUDENTS ON ANY TYPE PERSCIPTION DRUG RELATED TO MENTAL PROBLEMS. DATA BASE WITH SCHOOL AND LOCAL LAW INFORCEMENT. JUST LIKE ADULTS RECORDS.

    7. Somebody might pay attention to them if they got off this gun free zone crap and trained and armed some school personnel. Things would have ended much sooner in Florida if that coach had been armed. We need a suit because school personnel WERE NOT armed. Let’s see the dinks and courts deal with that.

      1. i READ ON FB EARLIER THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD VOTED NOT TO LET LAW ENFORCEMENT ARREST THERE STUDENTS IF THEY HAD PROBLEMS, AND THIS SHOOTER WAS ONE OF THE KIDS. SCHOOL TOLD LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT THEY WOULD DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS. THIS WAS LAST YEAR BEFORE HE WAS EXSPELLED FROM SCHOOL.

    8. The only way to stop all this Democrats crap of having our kids killed so they can take our guns. is….make the only gun free zones as oldvet mention All State and Federal Govt. Buildings. Put armed guards in the schools like we have in Phoenix. Limit entries with medal detectors and change all schools back to the way they were and no more gun free BS .. That within its self is just asking for people to be killed. And why the Democrats and Rino’s pasted this kind of crap to start with. Think of it this way… if we put 5-10 armed guards in the schools… How many new hires would that be. 50,000, 100,000, 500,000 or more. Actually it would help bring the unemployment numbers further down and save the live of our children. No one would want to try to come into a school if they new they would be killed. Now they have a free pass to shoot as many people as they want. They didn’t even shoot this guy… You can pass all the gun restriction you want, but until you have people who shoot back nothing will change.

    9. All of the infringements upon our UNALIENABLE right to keep and bear arms are unconstitutional and illegal; let alone ineffective.

    10. We all know how well the anti drug laws have stopped the use of drugs. We all know how anti theft laws have stopped auto theft, burglary, robbery and on and on. Face it the real problem is people and some people are real A-holes. Look at the inner cities and congress for proof.

    11. Gun Free Zones should end starting at Every Government Building in The Good Old USA. Then give me the same rights to shoot if I am in fear as we give our LE. I mean both things and yes I Always Carry. As for what works and what dosen’t, a young lady as a student in that school said, What We are doing ain’t working. So Come Up With A Plan Sam, or just be quite. A Plan, An Idea, not just well that didn’t work. I have lived with firearms since I was 13 or 52 years. I have seen lots of gun control that really did not help much. Now our FFL System is gun control that sort of works, and we need the FFL System. So spend your time trying to Help instead of just blowing the same old hot air that both sides always blow.

      1. @james, it was the accelerator pedal’s fault. It was the car’s fault. It was the red light’s fault. It was the road’s fault. I think that a person should be 43 before they are allowed to buy a car. A high school kid told me that people don’t need cars. I think that we are getting to the bottom of this!

    12. Back in 1927 a crazy bastard unhappy he lost a school board election blew up a school in Bath Michigan killing 44 people with 38 of them being kids. We cannot control crazy bastards any more than we can control the crazy bastards in the media who use every single angle they can to attack the Constitution and push us into socialism (Bernie and the Democrat Party) and ultimately communism–where the “free” media too will quickly “disappear.”

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