What America Needs Is Armed Security
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.