Obama was WRONG when he said, “This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal.” Mass shootings ARE normal. They have ALWAYS been normal. The “List of school shootings in the United States” Wikipedia page lists entries for the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. That’s more than 251 years of NORMAL, Obama. “The earliest known United States shooting to happen on school property was the Pontiac’s Rebellion school massacre on July 26, 1764, where three men entered the schoolhouse near present-day Greencastle, Pennsylvania, shot and killed schoolmaster Enoch Brown, and killed ten children (reports vary). Only one child survived.” (Source: David, Dixon (2005). Never Come to Peace Again: Pontiac’s Uprising and the Fate of the British Empire in North America. University of Oklahoma Press)
Here’s what’s normal about them: They are a reflection of the fact that the human race is sinful, and sometimes people go off the deep end. Prior to the advent of the firearm, we had mass slayings, using bow, sword, knife, spear, and club, dating back to the earliest days of civilization, more than 10,000 years ago, and probably a few millennia before them. There are words for mass-murderer in many languages, including ancient ones, so YES, Obama, IT IS NORMAL.
The question is, “What should we do about it?”
First, the idea of disarming honest, law-abiding citizens remains the most stupid, blitheringly idiotic, knee-jerk reaction anyone could take. When bad guys are about, you NEVER disarm the good guys. That’s unbelievably, pathetically ignorant. The same goes for limiting magazines and other aspects of firearms, as all you’re doing is limiting the ability of the good guys to fight back.
Second, eliminate gun-free zones. They’re magnets for the lunatics. Despite the fact that so-called “gun-free zones” occupy less than 10% of the locations where we are likely to be at any given time, more than 4 out of 5 mass shootings occur in such zones. If you’re in a gun-free zone, you’re a target.
Third, ensure that you are not infringing on the right to keep and bear arms. Our Founding Fathers weren’t stupes. They certainly weren’t like some of the blithering idiots we have in Congress today. They knew what makes people tick, and established an extraordinarily successful framework — including the right to keep and bear arms — designed to give the good guys the best possible chance of success against evil, corruption, bad guys, and yes, mass shooters. Infringing on the right to keep and bear arms doesn’t slow down the bad guys one bit, and for one simple reason: They’re criminals. They don’t care about following the law.
Fourth, allow people in key positions to be armed.
Security Degree Hub came up with an outstanding graphic highlighting some key facts about mass shootings in America.
- Out of 67 shooters in the last 30 years, 65 had mental health issues.
- As far as locations are concerned, 4.5% occur in religious settings, 17.9% in schools (gun-free zones), 28.9% in the workplace (gun-free zones), and 47.8% in other public places (about two-thirds of which occur in gun-free zones, such as malls).
- As far as the types of weapons uses, nearly two-thirds of all mass shootings were accomplished using pistols, while only a quarter used rifles.
What does all this mean?
Quite simply, it means that the tried and true solution to the problem is the best solution to the problem. If you see a mass shooter in action, pull your own firearm and stop them.
When We the People are armed, that’s an easy thing to do.
When We the People are disarmed, stopping mass shooters becomes impossible.