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January 25, 2015

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Keep an open mind to NRA chief’s ideas

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I recently watched the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, advocating for an armed security unit for every school in America.

I know this is a bit controversial, but to be honest, I think it is a good idea.

Watch or read what he said with an open mind and see if it makes sense to you.

This is only one part of the equation; the horrible state of mental health services in the United States must be revamped and properly funded. And, yes, I did leave out more gun control; let us just say, opinions vary.

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  1. Obama sends his own kids to a private school with 11 armed guards who are not part of a secret service detail. I guess Obama has an open mind to the NRA proposal. The rest of our kids are certainly as good as Obama's and deserve the same protection. Also Senators in DC including all the dems are protected by guns with 30 round clips.I am pretty certain that the rest of us are just as worthy of such protection.

  2. National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre has stayed too long. His ideas are dated, out of touch. His approach is to escalate the problem. This is called being without sound mind. A better term would be insane.

    In additional, anyone advocating Mr. LaPierre ideas need immediately physical and mental attention from a highly qualified physician.

    Don't fight the truth, it will prevail in the end.

    Merry Christmas.

  3. I watched. I noted the leader of a right-wing organization calling for yet more government regulation to be financed by yet more government spending to profit quite a select group of corporations. I noted the leader of a right-wing organization calling for us to go start down yet another slippery slope - We already have armed guards at the entrances of most government facilities. Next stop, the schools, then the shopping malls, then the theaters, then the the churches. . .

    The right-wing shows its stripes yet again. We MUST cut government spending and intrusion into our lives. . . unless it is for a right-wing-approved idea.

  4. I don't want to create a police state around our schools but I do want to make our kids, educators feel and be safe. We don't want folks with mental problems buying guns but we also don't want folks being unfairly targeted and incarcerated in institutions.

    This is a difficult situation that I don't think anyone has a good solution for at this point. A strong supporter of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights I am. I'm also sympathetic to the need to do everything we can to prevent future tragedies like this. I see a big fight coming and that is unfortunate, a nation further divided is a bad thing for everyone.

    There are now close to a hundred million gun owners in America and 99% or more are law abiding. We don't want to abrogate their rights in order to disarm a tiny fraction of criminals. Remembering that human behavior is the root of the cause, if we could wave a magic wand and make every single firearm in America vanish we would not do the same for violent crime.

    Just reported - a man in China rammed his car into a school. Anders Breivik of Norway killed 77 in April this year. Much of Europe is reeling from knife crime. Where the human intellect can combine with the will to take a life there will be violent crime.

    It's an awful state of affairs existing world wide. No countries are immune regardless of legal restrictions and laws. Our economic status I believe is a catalyst for the seeming increase in these public attacks. My reading has detected similar results in past economic downturns and in most countries.

    Increased psychological profiling may be warranted and increased supervision are two of the methods that can be helpful. See something, say something has proven to be invaluable and we all need to use it with an open mind and no malice. Can we justify increased restrictions on firearms? Yes, if done carefully and without the usual partisan ideological bent for punishment and destruction.

    Unfortunately both sides have dug in too deep. The anti-gun forces have created a false language of exaggeration and outright lies which is successful with the unknowing. Some pro-Second Amendment forces have been too closed minded to hear and participate in constructive discussions. Actually both sides have.

    I don't see leaders in the Congress as any help at the moment and the president is trying to see if the administration can circumvent the Congress altogether by using Presidential edict, an unwise act. This increasingly used tactic will only inflame differences between the two sides surely resulting in constitutional battles and Supreme Court cases.

    Too bad emotion can't be replaced by a Spock like logic and factual process that leaves out the harmful seeds of the fight.

  5. I must disagree, Teamster. "Assault rifles" are defined as being fully automatic and have been controlled since 1938. The ban of 1994, since expired and not renewed, created a new category - assault weapons - which included semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and pistols. meeting certain criteria. For rifles, it prohibited "...newly-manufactured magazines holding more than ten rounds of ammunition."

    What we need, as a start, is a rewrite of the 1994 regulation, banning possession of assault weapons regardless of when they were manufactured.

  6. The Constitutionality of any firearm used today must be EQUAL to the fire power of the gun used at the time the Constitution was approved 1789. Those weapons were flintlocks. It took an average of 45 seconds to reload after each shot. The assault rifle elevates the the shooter to 50-70 colonial riflemen. No weapon like this would have ever passed the Constitutional definition of defensive arms.

    The NRA's objectives are money first. Their budget is 250 million a year. Big bucks, money first. They say "keep an open mind" but their minds are closed to any objective except profits from guns.

    This qualifies as a religion and they get the same tax advantages of being a religious organization, i.e. a cult.

  7. The bullet hole in the argument for an armed guard in every school is that the guard can't be everywhere at the same time.

    The guard is only going to be effective if s/he is in the right place at the right time.

    However, the guard might just be the first target to be taken out by an assault weapon before s/he can do any protecting.

    Or, it just might be a way for the assailant to be a suicide by guard, after doing some killing.