COMMENTARY: Gun laws need 'meaningful' change
The predictable posture of the NRA that reducing access to guns and the capacity of magazines will not do a thing to prevent a reoccurrence of a horror of the nature of the one that visited Sandy Hook is at best ludicrous and more accurately intellectually dishonest. It serves only to safeguard the sacrosanct creed of this organization that no gun control legislation is acceptable.
Instead, the NRA, in a hideous tongue in check response, supports a solution to school violence which advocates for the presence of more guns in school albeit in the hands of "Good Guys." Pressed for details as to who these good guys are, how this initiative would be funded, where to station this sentry, and who will define the rules of engagement drew silence, followed by a shift of the subject from the group indicative of a coach of a team with a no huddle offense and a one page play book.
The tragedies of Sandy Hook, Columbine and Virginia Tech were carried out by non-traditional criminals, with no or sparse criminal records using weapons capable of delivering dozens of bullets without the need to reload. Both Columbine and Virginia Tech had armed police on campus when those killing sprees began. Their presence had no deterrent effect on the monsters.
Even a perfectly drawn up plan delineating the strategic placement of the armed personnel in our elementary schools would not eliminate the awe of the children and adults witnessing this senseless horror.
That is not to say that a well thought out plan to install expertly trained guards in our schools should be dismissed out of hand. While I concede that it does not immediately appeal to me, I remain open minded about the concept and willing to consider the details and operational specifics.
More guns will not prevent a reoccurrence. There is no single solution to this madness. Regrettably, due to a toxic concoction of factors that bring forth these atrocities they may not be completely preventable despite our genuine resolve to never let this happen again. Nonetheless we owe it to our children to strive for this goal.
It is mawkish sentiment and selfish denial to believe that we will have any success in preventing these tragedies if we take any form of gun control off the table. Magazines that hold massive amounts of bullets, shoddy background checks and the ability to purchase ammunition without having a hand gun permit are examples of existing laws that must be changed if we are serious about protecting our children in schools.
The political will to take on these misguided guardians of the Second Amendment must be displayed with fortitude and resolve until there are meaningful changes to our guns laws.
These same measures will also curb the violent deaths that continue to haunt our urban centers at unacceptable numbers. It is time that we make a concerted effort not to be the nation that leads all others in gun deaths.