Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Armed Guard's In School?

Vice President Joe Biden led a panel assembled by President Obama to examine gun control steps after the Newtown shootings, which sparked a fierce public debate over how to prevent such mass killings with guns. Apparently the widespread murder's of African-American youth in urban areas across the country was not enough to raise political concern. But, I digress.
The NRA has suggested that there be armed guards in each and every school in the country because in their minds it is the only way to protect our children. But this seems like a nonsensical approach. Advocating the use of guns to curb gun violence is like trying to feed the hungry with no food, or trying to heal an open wound by infecting it. It won't work, and is ultimately an exercise in futility.
If armed guards are present in school's innocent children will be shot and killed. No if's and's or but's about it. It's almost guaranteed. Simply because the decision to shoot is far too discretionary. Armed school security would only increase gun violence. Any guard, who senses an eminent threat will act on that threat. If history is any indication, and it always is. Guess which children are going to overwhelmingly be viewed as a threat? For those who either don't watch the news, are detached from reality, or just don't choose not to acknowledge the facts, I'll give you the answer. Black and Latino children.
President Obama is now under fire (no pun intended), from the NRA who recently sank to a new low by launching an add campaign calling the President an "elitist hypocrite" for sending his daughter's to school with armed security a.k.a The Secret Service, but objecting to armed guards in America's school's. This is business as usual for the NRA. As far as they're concerned, gun's are the answer to all of America's problems, and anyone who disagrees is worthy of contempt. President Obama has received more death threats than any other President in the history of the United States, and it stands to reason that if his life is in danger, the lives of his family are also in danger. So to compare his use of Secret Service protection to bolster there claim that arming school personal will prevent tragedies like the one in Newtown from happening, is a ridiculous grasp at straws.
Yesterday President Obama unveiled a package of gun control proposals that, include universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Some items will be enacted via executive order while others
will require Congressional approval.
Of course Republican's and Conservatives alike have already begun attacking the President for violating American's 2nd amendment rights. Which is no big surprise given the fact that they have an everlasting bone of contention with him anyway. The question is, how many innocent children have to die before these pandering conservatives realize that life, liberty, and the pursuit happiness are not possible if you don't live long enough to undertake the task.


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