The tragic murder of 20 innocent school children and seven adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. has, predictably, reignited the gun control debate. What happened is beyond understanding, beyond unconscionable, and the apparent impossibility of preventing this kind of monstrous tragedy leads people to reach for impossible solutions —like gun control. Just ban all guns, people cry, and these children will not have died in vain! We need to put every citizen under a doctor’s microscope to ensure they have no homicidal tendencies, people cry, and these children will not have died in vain!
To confirm the uselessness of gun control as a solution, it is only necessary to perform the following mental experiment: I ask those who argue for strict gun control to put themselves in the front office of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. as Adam Lanza bursts through the front door and starts firing. What are you going to do to stop him? Will you ask him to have a seat while you call 911? Will you tackle him, as courageous and heroic principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach tried to do, and who both died for their heroism? This is where you find out just what your gun control arguments are worth: Unarmed, what are you going to do to stop this murderer of innocent children?
Gun control is not going to stop a mass murderer. Never has and never will. If laws prohibiting murder will not stop a murderer, why would anyone expect laws against firearms to stop him?
Yet, there is a solution, and it has been proven to work: Palestinian terrorist organizations stopped using school massacres as a military tactic the moment the Israelis armed their teachers. Are the terrorists afraid of getting killed? Of course not; they blow themselves up with suicide bombs all the time. No, what they fear is being killed without accomplishing their mission. Maniacs who want to take out their rage on innocents have the same problem.
We have the right to keep and bear arms to stop murders; that’s what firearms are for. No civilian massacre has ever been committed or even attempted where the intended victims were armed. Period. Full stop. End of story. Training school personnel to arms and getting them armed is the only prevention and it works just about 100 percent of the time.
Donald L. Cline