Writing about what I have been reading and encountering in the media.
|Another shooting. Seventeen dead while at school. There is a hero or two, and a villain. We are developing shooting leagues: school league, shopping mall league, entertainment league, political rally… the school league is in the lead I think. A lot of people are angry that government does not act to once more ban assault rifles. Others say everyone should be armed.
Picture this: armed first-grade students, prepared at any moment to shoot down the guy with the assault weapon because you never know when the next shooter will show up, or where. The teacher leads the children in regular drills during which they all must wear bulletproof outfits because they aren’t strong or well enough coordinated to be certain to keep the bullets in the gun. Why not just provide the children with bullet-proof clothing to wear all the time? Then the kids would be safe at the theater and at Walmart. They could finance this extra cost by selling candy bars. Of course, they would need a new size every few months or year. Handing the safety clothes down would help, as long as the outfit hasn't been ruined by a bullet.
The focus on arming all children requires a lot of practice. As school shooters usually come from the school they attack, the next shooter will have the best information because they will have participated in these drills. The shooter will know all the safety strategies and be able to plan to defeat them. Knowing this, the schools will identify potential shooters early and expel them so they won’t have this information. How will they know who the shooter is? Why it is the black kids, isn’t it? Gangs? No. When they look at what is happening, they will see the most talented school shooters are white males who come from families that can afford guns. We don’t know a lot more about them because there is a federal law prohibiting research into the problem. Good work America!