People's reaction to this atrocity enrage me:
- The Atlanta Falcons will have a minute of silence before their game on Monday. This infuriates me, because it will do nothing to prevent this sort of thing in the future. It's all preening - Look at me, I'm so sensitive. Hey Atlanta Falcons, STFU if you're not going to do anything to prevent this in the future. Just STFU.
- ESPN has told their employees not to tweet anything until Monday. This infuriates me, because it will do nothing to prevent this sort of thing in the future. It's all preening - Look at me, I'm so sensitive. Hey ESPN, STFU if you're not going to do anything to prevent this in the future. Just STFU.
- The Usual Suspects - I'm looking at you, Piers Morgan - are blathering idiocy about too many guns and the typical hand wringing. This infuriates me, because it will do nothing to prevent this sort of thing in the future. It's all preening - Look at me, I'm so sensitive. Hey Piers Morgan, STFU if you're not going to do anything to prevent this in the future. Just STFU.
- Politicians, School Boards, and Principals are intimidated by powerful lobbying interests, afraid to take common sense steps that would actually be effective in stopping this sort of thing in the future. This infuriates me because these people take our coin, and are too scared to actually do what everyone knows needs to be done. Our children are literally dieing because these people are too timid to do what needs doing.
We need armed teachers.
Right now, the only person with a gun in a school is an evil, criminal nut case. Everyone is disarmed, by deliberate intent. The nutcase will have maybe a half hour to work his evil before going out in a blaze of CNN. Given the utter failure of the UK's almost complete ban on guns, this wouldn't change if we did the same here.
It would change completely if we had armed teachers.
#2 Son goes to a High School with 1,800 kids. It has a lot more than 100 teachers. If even 10% were armed, it would be simply impossible for an evil nut case to kill many kids before being dropped by the righteous return fire from a teacher.
And I am absolutely infuriated by all the people who are horrified by this suggestion, who instead cling to proven ineffective proposals like more gun control. Infuriated, because these people either know better, or should know better, and instead choose to let our children bleed. People who choose not to protect them. People who refuse to trust our children's teachers, who rather take refuge in public displays of how sensitive they are. People who flinch from confronting evil, even to protect children.
People who choose to enable evil, rather than confront it. They dance in children's blood, to show how nice they are. To show that they're better than we are.
It enrages me - makes me rage until my floor turns to lava.
UPDATE 14 December 2012 21:23: Omnia vincit amor. A calmer post that's worth your while.
And a prayer. Amen.
UPDATE 16 December 2012 21:34: An outbreak of sanity:
A tiny Texas school district may be the first in the nation to pass a law specifically allowing teachers and staff to pack heat when classes begin later this month.Of course sanity breaks out in Texas first.
Trustees at the Harrold Independent School District approved a district policy change last October so employees can carry concealed firearms to deter and protect against school shootings, provided the gun-toting teachers follow certain requirements.