The response to the mass murder incident in Florida this past week has convinced me more than ever that politicians have no actual interest in solving problems; only in an exploiting them to enhance their own wealth and power.
The best approach to ending mass murder incidents at public school seems pretty straightforward; make schools more secure. At the high school my son went to, there was only one to get into the school during school hours. You had to enter into a secure vestibule, then be buzzed into the main office by a staffer. This simple expedient, coupled with an alert staff, would have prevented what happened in Florida. It also would have worked at Sandy Hook. (Since both cases involved violent headcases who were not supposed to be on school grounds. More on that anon.)
Better security in schools should be utterly noncontroversial. It *will* save lives. It will not infringe on our Constitutional Right to Bear Arms (itself an extension of the fundamental human right to defend yourself.) Yeah, it will cost money; but as we saw last week that… unless the issue is effective border security… Congress has no aversion to spending money.
I get primarily two forms of pushback against this common sense idea.
1. “Well, that won’t work because a lot of schools have multiple entrances and some even have multiple buildings.”
Well, duh. I never said the solution at my son’s high school was a one-size-solves-everything panacea. Of course, different schools will have different security requirements. But access control, securing the perimeter, equipping classrooms with a “Matt Lauer button” so teachers can lock the door from their desks, and on-site security seem like no-brainers… unless you don’t care about kid safety and are really just trying to advance a gun control agenda.
2. “Children should just be safe in school, we shouldn’t need all that security.”
This is just vapid emotionalism. Kids shouldn’t die of cancer either, but it happens. These dingbats don’t want to confront life’s harsh realities, they just want to pursue their Utopian fantasies. (In which all the nasty guns have been taken away and everybody gets their own pet unicorn.)
But the point is, these people are not interested in protecting kids. They just want to use dead kids to advance a gun control agenda.
I mean, we sure as hell can’t count on law enforcement to protect us. The FBI didn’t even bother to follow up on a violent headcase who literally posted “I am going to shoot up my high school” under his own name on social media. At least the FBI interviewed Omar Mateen and Esteban Santiago-Ruiz before giving them the all-clear. And, of course, when the Russians told them, “Watch out for those Tsearnev brothers, they’re bad eggs,” the FBI responded by investigating… the Russians.