Guns are only part of the probem
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 10:00 AM
The thought that we would do anything - absolutely anything - to protect kids after another shooting rampage at a school seems natural.
But there are logical limits: Would as many people have died if a principal or someone else in Sandy Hook Elementary School had been armed, trained and ready to use a firearm?
That's a hypothetical that can conjure all sorts of outcomes, including one where the heroic teacher enters the hallway and takes down a crazed gunman in a single, well-placed shot.
Possible, sure. Probable, not likely.
Indiana law allows for teachers to carry concealed weapons on campus, provided their districts approve.
Expecting teachers to act as police officers, on top of their daily responsibilities, is taking it a step too far. Reports are trickling in from various states about proposals that would put more teachers in position to take guns on school grounds and, in some cases, require schools to have personnel designated to be armed.
That can't be the best we can do.
But the NRA's Wayne LaPierre says that might be the solution.
Finally speaking after a week-long silence after the Newtown shootings, the head of the National Rifle Association blamed the media for making villains in mass shooting attacks notorious, giving them attention they're after and nudging crazymen closer to the next wanton killing.
LaPierre laid some blame for Sandy Hook Elementary on Hollywood and what he called a blood-soaked video game industry.
LaPierre also blamed the shooters and their untreated mental health: "The truth is that our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters, people that are so deranged, so evil, so possessed by voices and driven by demons that no sane person can ever possibly comprehend them."
As for guns? The only answer he had was not for fewer or more sane models, but for more - starting with federal money for armed guards at every school. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun," he said, "is a good guy with a gun."
No single step - gun control, school safety or addressing the violence in video games and Hollywood - will stop these types of mass murders alone. But ignoring the role of high-powered weaponry equipped with large rounds of ammunition is no way to contribute to a solution.
LaPierre showed that the powerful NRA wasn't really ready to budge an inch.