not a bad example, ill give you that, but they also arent around children and are locked off from outsiders in the cockpit. Are said teachers with guns locked into a glass box away from the students? not likely.Quote:
We arm pilots for the same reason. The program is 100% voluntary and if you so choose, the requirements / training is quite rigorous.
Not arguing that. Armed guard vs none at all is not much of a debate for me. If something can be put in place to aid them, i dont see the harm. Metal detectors, like NC stated, wouldnt have prevented the CT incident, but maybe it would have Columbine or other scenarios.Quote:
When you're the potential victim and seconds matter, the guard is going to be minutes away.
If youre going to go by your own theory that bad people do bad things regardless (get guns, bombs, knives, etc) than whats stopping them from just shooting a guard and going on the same rampage despite it? For me it still goes back to psychiatric measures, which parents, students, teachers need to be more informed about, specifically warning signs. Thats really the only way to prevent it, imo, and even than its not going to be 100% effective.
This could be it's own thread, but I figured I'd just post it here.
Here is why we have guns. http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/...hool-shooting/
So the mayor of the largest city in the U.S. wants the POTUS to go around the "people's house" the people we elect to represent us and make his own law (which is how I read that).Quote:
Asked on “Fox News Sunday” why Americans would need to own semi-automatic weapons, Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert said, “Well, for the reason George Washington said: a free people should be an armed people. It ensures against the tyranny of the government, if they know that the biggest army is the American people.”
Gohmert added, “Once you start drawing the line, where do you stop? … Gun laws don’t work.”
However, many gun control supporters believe this is the time for legislative action.
“It’s time for the president, I think, to stand up and lead and tell this country what we should do – not go to Congress and say, ‘What do you guys want to do?’ This should be his number one agenda,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.
That's why the American people are armed, as Gohmert stated. (BTW - JAB, this isn't directed at you, I know you're looking for sensible ways for guns to not get the hands of the wrong people)
The problem is, the wrong people will always get guns. Part of the issue is the mental atmosphere a lot of people are raised with in this country. Guns are part of the American way.
But I don't believe any gun control will actually help. What's needed is a complete change of mindset for people. Bad people are bad people, and if there's a way, they'll find it.
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There was a guy on cbs news this morning talking about the aurora shooting and he said of the 7 movie theaters around where he lived, only one had a ban on weapons and that was the one the shooter chose. Another interesting tidbit was it wasnt even the closest theater to his house.
Now, I dont believe he was insinuating that the aurora shooter chose this place solely because it was a weapons-free zone, but it does bring up some interesting talking points.
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Im on my phone otherwise id link the huffington post article i just read.
Obama asked his cabinet to come up with gun violence solutions. I believed placed, although may have been who they interviewed, 3 nra member democrats who are pushing for only large magazine restrictions rather than AR bans like some lady from cali is calling for. If all that comes from this as far as restrictions goes is you can only have 15 bullets instead of 30 in your AR, id consider that a win. You can do the same with two clips of 15, so it would literally be nearly no change, which with even some conservatives calling for some sort of action, thats pretty minimal. I still hope something more happens as far as protection (guards), but honestly i cant see a reason for 30 bullets at once anyway. Thats not for protection, thats not for hunting, thats because its fun to pump off 30 rounds.
... or Zombies.
Obama directs Cabinet to launch plan for reducing gun violence
Just another futile attempt by folks who know nothing about guns banning something that will not make one difference just to show they've done something.
All the while, responsible gun owners are the ones who suffer.
When this country is ready to be honest about guns, then I'll be impressed. Until then, my monthly donations to the NRA continue.
See the link I posted above)
Since even if you outlawed the ownership of guns, everyone has agreed that wouldn't stop the bad guys from getting them, which of these makes more sense?
If they wanted feel good laws that would have more impact (although I doubt it would stop mass-shootings) they could do mandatory trigger locks, they gave me one with my last handgun purchase. That could help eliminate accidents, things like kids taking Dad's gun to school type shootings. Things like that would make more sense.
It's clear Mrs. Lanza didn't do the best job securing her firearms. Maybe a law like this would force the hands of folks and get them to do a better job with securing the weapons.
Rather relevant to our discussion is this article ....
Some of the highlights .....
To the point about shooters selecting gun-free zones ....Quote:
In fact, the high point for mass killings in the U.S. was 1929, according to criminologist Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
Incidents of mass murder in the U.S. declined from 42 in the 1990s to 26 in the first decade of this century.
The chances of being killed in a mass shooting are about what they are for being struck by lightning.
Until the Newtown horror, the three worst K–12 school shootings ever had taken place in either Britain or Germany.
And then the nail in the coffin for that topic ....Quote:
Economists John Lott and William Landes conducted a groundbreaking study in 1999, and found that a common theme of mass shootings is that they occur in places where guns are banned and killers know everyone will be unarmed, such as shopping malls and schools.
I spoke with Lott after the Newtown shooting, and he confirmed that nothing has changed to alter his findings. He noted that the Aurora shooter, who killed twelve people earlier this year, had a choice of seven movie theaters that were showing the Batman movie he was obsessed with. All were within a 20-minute drive of his home. The Cinemark Theater the killer ultimately chose wasn’t the closest, but it was the only one that posted signs saying it banned concealed handguns carried by law-abiding individuals. All of the other theaters allowed the approximately 4 percent of Colorado adults who have a concealed-handgun permit to enter with their weapons.
“Disarming law-abiding citizens leaves them as sitting ducks,” Lott told me. “A couple hundred people were in the Cinemark Theater when the killer arrived. There is an extremely high probability that one or more of them would have had a legal concealed handgun with him if they had not been banned.”
Lott offers a final damning statistic: “With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.”
I wish Mrs. Lanza took the precautions folks like you and I do,but reports are she was of the belief the world was going to end and trained her son to use the guns, so even if she secured them he probably knew how to get them without much effort.