Guns don’t kill
The school shooting in Florida has quickly fanned the flames for the anti-gunners. Predictably, the liberals have screamed to ban the evil gun that did the killing. Conveniently ignored is another recent active shooter in Texas who was stopped by an NRA instructor with an AR15. This most recent event, this specific event, by itself, illustrates the absurd liberal logic that guns are the problem.
Nikolas Cruz went into a Parkland, Florida school with his evil gun and killed 17 people. Tragic, and it appears completely avoidable. While hiding outside, armed with his service weapon, Deputy Scott Peterson did nothing to stop the shooting. If guns killed, Deputy Peterson would have been inside stopping the attack, but he didn’t. Cruz had the commitment to use his gun while Peterson did not. We can only imagine how different it may have been if football coach Aaron Feis had been armed instead of Deputy Peterson.
Arming teachers has been proposed as a solution to the problem, maybe not. A friend of mine recently posted an article about a teacher shooting herself in the leg in the school bathroom. Col. Jeff Cooper said “Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.” You must be committed to train and have the will to fight. Deputy Peterson was trained, but apparently didn’t have the will to fight. It is a good idea if a teacher is truly committed to ongoing training. The best thing about allowing armed teachers is the response time. Statistics show the sooner effective pressure is put on the active shooter, the fewer the casualties.
When I was in my early 20’s, a close friend was killed in a murder-for-hire plot. It never occurred to me to blame the gun. Why aren’t all the victims and their families sitting in the office of Coward County Sheriff Scott Israel (I know it is actually Broward County.) Sheriff Israel FAILED. It is HIS department who failed to properly investigate credible leads about Cruz. Sheriff Israel FAILED. It is HIS deputies who hid outside the school while Cruz murdered Teachers and students.
I will concede I don’t know all the facts, but the public information available seems to show this tragedy could have been prevented.
Guns Don’t Kill.