What Amer­ica Needs Is Armed Se­cu­rity

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - JUST THOUGHTS Bob Jones

Like the rest of you, I’m t r yi ng t o get my mi n d a r o u n d t he numb­ing con­clu­sion t hat l i t t l e can be done t o pre­vent a men­tally un­bal­anced per­son or a ter­ror­ist from shoot­ing in­no­cents at schools, churches, con­certs, et cetera.

I can­not bring my­self to join Texas at­tor­ney gen­eral Ken Pax­ton in his take that “We’ve had shoot­ings at churches for for­ever. This is go­ing to hap­pen again. And so, we need … (to arm) the parish­ioners or the con­gre­ga­tion so that they can re­spond when some­thing like this hap­pens again.”

Arm­ing ev­ery­one seems plain id­i­otic. Gun­shots go­ing off in every di­rec­tion dur­ing a shoot­ing in­ci­dent would be may­hem of t he Old West bar va­ri­ety. Pis­tols are in­ac­cu­rate ex­cept at close range. And peo­ple with guns tend to be poor shots be­cause f ew prac­tice reg­u­larly at a shoot­ing range.

I’ve re­luc­tantly come to ad­mit t hat ban­ning guns — the fa­vored so­lu­tion of many in the po­lit­i­cal are­nas — isn’t go­ing to be a so­lu­tion ei­ther. Guns are ev­ery­where, and a de­ter­mined buyer will al­ways be able in­cludes sim­ple re­volvers and so­phis­ti­cated au­to­matic weapons.

Texas shooter Devin Pa­trick Kel­ley was de­nied a per­mit to carry a con­cealed weapon af­ter his Air Force dis­hon­or­able dis­charge, but still bought guns at a sport­ing goods store.

We’d never ban hunt­ing guns used for sport shoot­ing with Amer­i­can vot­ers.

The fed­eral re­quire­ment to vet gun buy­ers has been a fail­ure. Most of the cra­zies don’t act crazy in the gun store and most of the shoot­ers have no trace­able men­tal his­tory or crim­i­nal back­ground t hat r aises a

I guess what I’ve writ­ten here is that ev­ery­thing we’ve tried or thought about try­ing has been for naught.

So what’s l eft? Just go every now and then we’ll suf­fer a hor­ror and take it in stride like we do the hur­ri­canes we can­not con­trol?

No. That’s un­ac­cept­able. That’s Can­dide’s men­tor Dr. Peter Pan­gloss say­ing, “All is for the best in this best of all pos­si­ble worlds.”

Maybe one por­tion of what the Texas at­tor­ney gen­eral said is our only im­me­di­ate so­lu­tion — pro­fes­sional se­cu­rity.

Maybe we do have to con­sider post­ing armed se­cu­rity peo­ple at large gath­er­ings — schools, churches, con­certs, street fairs. Not just to sur­vey the crowd for po­ten­tial trou­ble but, frankly, to be a deadly en­forcer.

I’m tired of slough­ing off th­ese be­com­ing-too-reg­u­lar i nci­dents by blam­ing t he That’s just ab­solv­ing my­self.

I’m not go­ing to shame the per­son who feels com­forted by hav­ing a gun in his or her home (but not on the per­son in a pub­lic space).

I’m go­ing to sug­gest to all that we start talk­ing about the prac­ti­cal — pro­fes­sional se­cu­rity at large gath­er­ings.

It’s not the “best in this best of all pos­si­ble worlds.”

It’s what you do when the best you’ve been do­ing isn’t work­ing. ***

Sev­eral Mid­Week read­ers emailed me ask­ing for my take on Bruni Bradley - mand Adm. Harry Har­ris — shawl at the Ari­zona Me­mo­rial with Pres­i­dent Trump.

I found that odd, too. But here’s what the Amer­i­can ar­ti­cle of cloth­ing is made Peo­ple are sim­ply ex­press­ing their pa­tri­o­tism by wear­ing an ar­ti­cle of cloth­ing that hap­pens to be red, white and blue with stars and stripes.”

- try says the flag shouldn’t be used on cloth­ing, drap­ery, or bed­ding. Shouldn’t, not can­not.

So, Bruni Bradley gets a pass.

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