Mister Rogers and Mass Shootings

This is SO TIMELY! Gave me goosebumps, too. 🙂

I can’t help but wonder what proportion of children raised on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood like I was has committed a violent crime as compared to the proportion of children who were not raised on Mr. Rogers. Not to be greedy, but I’d like to see two questions, the first a yes or no question, and the second followed by five categories:
Have you ever committed a violent crime?
How many times a week did you watch Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?
1. Never
2. Less than once a week
3. Two or three times a week
4. Four or five times a week
5. More than five times a week
If a Democrat were to design this study, they would make it far more complicated and yet fail to get at the crux of the matter, the heart of the truth, with these two simple questions from which we could learn so much.
I wonder how many prisons would slowly empty, never to be refilled, if the only programming on television in prison was half an hour a day, twice a day, of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?
Rogers graduated from Latrobe High School (1946). He studied at Dartmouth College (1946–48), then transferred to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he earned a B.A. in Music Composition in 1951. Rogers was also a trained general aviation pilot.
At Rollins, he met Sara Joanne Byrd (born c. 1928), an Oakland, Florida, native; they married on June 9, 1952. They had two sons, James (b. 1959) and John (b. 1961).
In 1963, Rogers graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and was ordained a minister in the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. 
Rogers was red–green color blind, swam every morning, and neither smoked nor drank. He was a vegetarian on ethical grounds, stating “I don’t want to eat anything that has a mother.”
Despite recurring rumors, he never served in the military.

Mass Shootings and Random Acts of Violence

I’ve long been a strong advocate of an armed populace as the best means of self-defense. I also believe it is by far the best deterrent and way to stop both mass shootings and terrorist attacks involving firearms.
Back when I first became interested in the topic of mass shootings, however, there weren’t as many, and at least here in America. It was largely relegated to the occasional insane person run amok. Aside from 9/11, we did not yet have to worry Muslims conducting their own mass shootings in the name of terrorism.
Now we do, and it looks to get a whole lot worse before it ever gets better.
Society has several tools available to deter terrorism and mass shootings:
– Intelligence (costly, even when highly focused)
– – requirements
– – planning and direction
– – collection
– – processing and exploitation
– – analysis and production
– – dissemination
– Security (the physical deterrence and protection of people 
– – Law enforcement (federal, state, county, and local)
– – Personal protection (planning, training, and weapons)
So, should we make it more difficult for people to obtain guns?  Should we reduce magazine capacities?  Increase background checks?  Reduce calibers?  Limit ammunition capability?  Create more “gun-free” zones?  Mandate the use of “smart” guns?  Increase waiting periods?  Ban certain types of firearms based on their appearance or general level of public trepidation?  Put a cop on every street corner?
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No.  NONE of these measures has proven effective in either deterring or stopping mass shootings or random acts of violence, and most of them significantly increase the cost of obtaining a firearm to the average law-abiding citizen who seeks protection.
By far the most immediate and most effective deterrent against both mass shootings and random acts of violence, whether the result of insanity or terrorism, is a well-armed general populace comprised of law-abiding U.S. citizens who are both properly armed and well-trained.
The greatest threat to our security comes not from the lunatics and terrorists, but rather, from those second-guessers, the Monday-morning armchair quarterbacks who are NOT well-trained (if at all) yet who for whatever blitheringly idiotic reason feel like they’re *somehow* qualified to force their opinions down the throats of an otherwise free and well-trained general populace, usually in the form of ideas that sound good but either do nothing or actually do more harm than the harm they’re supposed to address.
mass shootingsThroughout history, a well-armed/trained populace has always been the most effective deterrent and counter to mass shootings and random acts of violence.

The History of Mass Shootings IS NORMAL, Obama

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.

  1. Out of 67 shooters in the last 30 years, 65 had mental health issues.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.