you're right that no sociopath loner has access to my guns. But what if the sociopath turns out to be your own child, like the case in Connecticut. Many parents may refuse to believe the truth about their child. They may admit that their child is "a little off" but convince themselves that the child would not be capable of something as horrific as a mass shooting. The human heart is a double edged sword. The same heart that makes us want to control guns or find a solution to these killings is the heart that won't let us see the truth about our children, siblings, other family members, or friends that we love dearly. It's a struggle that has been with us as human beings for centuries and will likely plague us until we no longer exist.
Since when does the presence of a police officer make it a "scary place"? I have seen too many parents directly or indirectly teach their kids that the police are the bad guys. Often because they get a ticket or arrested for something in front of the children and yell about how they didn't do anything wrong (usually drunkenly slurred). Of course the kids are going to believe their mommy or daddy. They just see the police as the bad guys taking mommy or daddy away from them when they did nothing wrong. Children should be seeing the police as the good guys and the presence of them in their school should not make it a scary place but make them feel safe and excited, like in the presence of Superman.
There is also a lot of talk about banning the high capacity magazines. This is just ridiculous. I agree that the shooting at the grade school was terrible. I am a parent. My kids are little and will start going to school in another year. It is frightening to me what happened. But banning the high capacity magazines is not even close to a solution. I have heard proponents of banning these magazines say, "at least we can cut down a percentage of the amount of deaths that can be inflicted". That's a horrible way to think about it. What you are saying is that you accept the fact that evil people will be able to go into our schools and start shooting. That is OK with you as long as they have to change magazines after shooting 10 kids, instead of 30. That is an unacceptable solution. The solution needs to involve preventing the evil people from killing even one child, whether with a bullet or a baseball bat.
Is the solution police or armed guards in schools? I honestly don't know. But I feel it is at least worth discussing. And an honest discussion without name calling, buzz word flinging, flying off the handle extreme points of view from either side.
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