Blaming the rifle is interesting. Guns and knives and hammers and poison are used to inflict harm as vehicles of human evil acts. If everyone followed the Ten Commandments and the Bill of Rights, we would experience peace and prosperity and liberty. But there are bullies in schools, gang members, psychologically impaired, and anti-societal factions. The problem is not the rifle, but the person and evil that can use any weapon.
First invented in 1885, in 1903 and 1905, the Winchester Repeating Arms Company introduced the first semi-automatic rimfire and centerfire rifles designed especially for the civilian market. It is unfortunate criminals use any gun, knife, bomb, poison, car, or other device to kill, maim, and injure. However, it is not the gun at issue, it is the act of a person who is expected to take personal responsibility and to respect the rights of others.
The NRA is not at issue. Since 1871, the NRA has trained people in the responsible use and skills of owning and using a firearm responsibly. Until recently, the organization was considered a one-issue organization. At CPAC 2018, that changed. Today, the NRA has to protect the entire Bill of Rights to save the Constitution. This gun issue is about the European style socialist attempt to remove the Constitutional Republic of the United States.
The companies that have withdrew from giving discounts or Visa cards to NRA members are not attacking the NRA, but the members. The members use the services - not the organization. These companies are attacking millions of members, their friends, and families, not the NRA.
- Who is to blame?
The Sheriff failed equally to the level of the federal government. There is no record of any training or contingency plan for the SRO or other three officers to retake the facility full of kids and a gunman. We can be certain their standing orders and training was to hold a perimeter and wait for backup. The lack of training, support, and resources indict the Sheriff as an accessory during and after the fact through malfeasance.
The principal, IEP team, and school administration were equally guilty of malfeasance by not providing special education alternatives to a troubled student. Home schooling, reduced day, extensive counseling and social work may have made a difference after being expelled. At 19, a special day school should have been used, and the student should not have been mainstreamed. Lastly, the school system is currently anti-gun, anti-cop, ant-America, and pro-sanctuary and liberal in bias.
Social services and the juvenile court system failed equally. Lots of notice and exposure, no clear sign of abating the situation.
- What should we do?
Harden the schools. Substations and counter terrorism training - recent attacks mimic those used by small group and individual terrorists. The skill sets are similar.
If teachers elect to be armed, enhanced training and smart guns should be considered. As a retired military and police officer, I was confident and skilled in carrying a gun to school when gangs were threatening individual teachers and shots were fired nearby. Would have preferred a smart gun, but not at home!!
This issue is not about the kids, the killer, nor the gun. If it was, eight years of Obama and democrat rule could have fixed this and DACA. Government is not about solutions - it is about continual crisis without resolution. The goal here is to undermine the Constitution and enhance government power.