By now, we all know just how clueless the Parkland kids tend to be. More importantly, though, they’re traveling the country all to display that ignorance.
When I saw a story from their visit to Daytona Beach, Florida, I couldn’t help but be struck by just how idiotic and clueless they are.
A panel of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students criticized Legislature’s decision to place one armed school resource officer or trained guardian at every school during a March for Our Lives Road to Change tour stop in Daytona Beach on Sunday, July 15.
“We shouldn’t be reactive,” said Ryan Servaites, a 15-year-old rising sophomore at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. “We should be preventative. We shouldn’t need a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun because the bad guy shouldn’t have the gun.”
Ah, what a nice platitude. If only gun control could always stop the bad guys from getting guns. But it doesn’t. Don’t believe me? Take a look at what happened in Paris, France in 2015. France has incredibly strict gun control laws, yet terrorists were able to get fully automatic AKs to commit their heinous attacks.
The fact is, bad guys are going to get weapons of some kind. Even if you did somehow prevent them from getting guns, they’d use something else. It’s a simple fact.
It’s also a simple fact that a good guy with a gun can stop almost all of these attacks. Period.
Alshaibi said the measures being taken now, including arming school staff, adding metal detectors and making students wear clear backpacks, were just “Band-Aid” solutions. The panel agreed.
“When you break it all down, the solution to gun violence is not more guns,” McConnell said.
I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but it’s true. Armed good guys provide a deterrence effect. Why do you think there aren’t mass shootings at places like gun shows, police stations, or gun ranges? It’s because the kind of people who will launch such an attack know there’s a high likelihood of armed people at all of those places, so trying anything there will lead to them getting shot.
Further, we have evidence that a gun in the hands of someone willing to use it will stop school shootings. Just over a month after Parkland, a student walked into Great Mills High School seeking to conduct his own rampage. Unfortunately for him, Scot Peterson wasn’t the school resource officer. Instead, the school had someone willing to fire, and he did, ending the attack.
That’s kind of what happens when guns are in the hands of good guys.
Servaites said teachers in particular already wear too many hats in a classroom and that they’re meant to be educators, not protectors.
“We need to stop school shootings from happening in the first place, not think of ways to react to them, and it’s just ridiculous because I remember a few years ago we had to have a limitation on how much paper we could use at Douglas because we didn’t have enough money,” Servaites said. “So now we want to arm the teachers?”
This may illustrate just how stupid these kids are.
First, no one is talking about the school issuing guns to teachers. All we’ve suggested is letting teachers bring their own, personal weapons to school. We want to extend their ability to use their concealed carry permits to inside the schools. These teachers carry weapons all the time without incident.
Second, while teachers shouldn’t have to be protectors, only a fool thinks they aren’t. Look at the stories of teachers who have been gunned down while trying to protect their students for proof of that.
All we’re talking about is giving them an effective means to fill that role. More importantly, though, we’re wanting them to have the means to protect their own lives. They have no obligation to protect students, and I’m the last person who would want to impose such an obligation on them. However, as free men and women, they have a right to protect their own lives.
The side effect of that happens to be protecting the lives of children in these schools, and I’m not ignoring that. But it’s not the purpose of arming them. It’s so they, as responsible adults, can protect their own hindquarters.
The sad thing is that these are the arguments, the most powerful statements they can make on the topic, and they’re lacking. Seriously lacking.
While the kids say they’re changing minds, I say that’s unlikely. The only people who show up are the True Believers who already think this way or the people who are looking for justification to change their minds. That’s it. The rest of us know that these kids are spouting typical anti-gun nonsense that is predicated on people being as ignorant as humanly possible.