COMMENTARY|President Barack Obama promised to put his “full weight” behind gun control measures during an interview on Meet The Press on Sunday. The president did not appear to support the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) proposal to put armed guards in schools during the interview.
Armed officers protect our money in the bank, our lawmakers in Congress, and the folks we watch on our living room television set. But for some reason, the idea of placing a trained individual with a gun between our school children and a potential shooter is an idea which strays too far out of the realm of possibility for some Democratic elected officials.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, some teachers in Utah and Texas are already permitted to carry their licensed firearm onto school property. There have been no mass shootings, or misuse of the guns on campus by either a staff member or a student.
President Obama had this to saying about gun control measures, according to statements republished on Alan Colmes’ Liberaland website:
“It is not enough for us to say, this is too hard so we’re not going to try. So what I intend to do is I will call all the stakeholders together. I will meet with Republicans. I will meet with Democrats. I will talk to anybody. I think there are a vast majority of responsible gun owners out there who recognize that we can’t have a situation in which somebody with severe psychological problems is able to get the kind of high capacity weapons that this individual in Newtown obtained and gun down our kids. And, yes, it’s going to be hard.”
President Obama’s statements on Meet The Press were correct, when referencing that responsible gun owners do not want folks with mental health issues buying weapons. But, background check laws already in place at both brick-and-mortar gun shops and at gun shows address such issues. The Newtown shooter was not legally allowed to buy a gun and neither was the West Webster firefighters murderer. Both men obtained their guns illegally before embarking on a tragic and violent shooting rampage.
You cannot legislate morality or dictate common sense. The answer to preventing mentally ill people or those with evil in their hearts, from unleashing a violent rampage upon society has not and will not be an easy endeavor. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the gun ban in Great Britain has not stopped incidents of violence. A group of doctors from the United Kingdom are now pushing for a ban on kitchen knives to thwart impulsive stabbings.
Criminals will always find a way to garner a weapon to use to harm others. Whether it is a kitchen knife like in Great Britain, a hammer like the West Webster firefighters shooter once used on his grandmother, an illegal gun bought on the corner of a city street, or a shotgun stolen from Grandpa’s locked gun cabinet.
The best possible solution to the problem should not include infringement upon the Second Amendment or create more obstacles and expense for law-abiding citizens seeking to arm themselves for personal protection. Armed guards and classroom windows that open for a quick escape would do far more to protect America’s school children then any gun tax or semiautomatic weapons ban ever would.