COMMENTARY | It seems as if anti-gun jack-in-box progressives in the Obama administration were waiting for a tragedy like Newtown to spring from hiding. A great deal of political positioning followed the massacre, and heated political rhetoric soon unleashed a groundswell of hysterical reaction.
Meanwhile, the task has been to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. Government has shown itself entirely inadequate at that, considering killers like Jared Loughner, Adam Lanza, James Holmes and including the federal government’s so-called “Fast and Furious” operation.
Interestingly, a Ticket story yesterday underscored the value President Barack Obama puts on armed protection for ex-presidents. But does he realize that the innocent cherubs of Newtown should be accorded the same serious security arrangements?
Without armed security on premises, schools are in the position of calling 911 after violent events are under way.
The Associated Press reported the story of a California school shooter armed with a shotgun caught by video cameras “looking nervous as he entered through a side door,” walked up a flight of stairs and shot a classmate.
Do not anti-gun crusaders consider that the shooter might have been confronted by armed school security earlier, perhaps disarmed or cajoled into surrendering? Do they consider that killers like Loughner, Holmes, and Lanza might not be swayed by de-escalating procedures and the courageous educators of Taft Union High School?
Even when police response teams arrive as soon as they do in television police dramas, it is always in a matter of minutes. At least 66 percent of Virginia voters get that, according to a Jan. 10 Quinnipiac poll release.
Eventually, most Democrats will face reality and break ranks with extreme anti-gunners like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose recent “fiery speech” was noted by the Associated Press.
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer’s web site proudly touts the importance of Remington Arms Corporation’s investment in the upstate New York economy. Schumer was successful in getting Remington’s Ilion, N.Y., plant an $8.9 million contract from the U.S. Army to manufacture more than a thousand specialized sniper rifles “by local employees, strengthening Remington’s position as a major regional employer.”
Similarly, an Associated Press article detailed the political and economic resistance facing gun control crusaders in Connecticut, home to Colt, Sturm, Ruger & Co., and Mossberg & Sons.
More to the point, let’s train educator-security guards for the schools. Anything less than that is self-delusion.
Anthony Ventre is a freelance writer and a Yahoo contributor in news, commentary, and financial writing.