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The Right Response #1

The Response to the Previous Massacre at Columbine

The 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook, Connecticut has disturbing similarities to the 1999 Columbine High School mass shooting where two angry young men slaughtered a teacher and twelve students. The Gun Free School Zone Act of 1990 continues to fail, you instead need a response which protects your kids. You need policies which both mitigate the effects as well as reduce the number of such massacres.

The depressing increase in mass shootings suggests that there's something seriously wrong with current US government policies. Are the changes to mental health laws implemented after the 1975 movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest making the big improvements Americans were promised?

1. Improve Treatment for Mental Health

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Many people have knee-jerk responses that ignore such consequences. Brian Giattina, a distraught school board member in Birmingham, Alabama, thinks that guns send the wrong message. "It tells them we have to have a gun to protect them."

But it's a complex problem, and 48% of Americans believe better action to treat mental health issues will do the most to prevent such tragedies. The authoritative Rasmussen report survey also found that a staggering 86% see that more action to identify and treat mental illness and mental health issues would help decrease school massacres.

2. Your Right to Protect Yourself

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Unfortunately, Giattina is giving the wrong message. It is a complex problem involving mental health, education, law enforcement and the community, yet encouraging learned helplessness is morally corrupt. Would so many have been murdered if the 1990 Gun Free School Act had not been signed by President Clinton?

Improvement is definitely needed in all these areas, but that does not mean that responsible adults should be disarmed. If some or even just one of the school's teachers had had a firearm to protect the slaughtered kids, how much lower would the death toll have been?

Brian Rohrbough, whose 15-year-old son was killed in the Columbine shooting, has a more thoughtful rather than emotional response. He recognized that:

"It certainly wouldn't hurt to have someone who is armed - even a teacher - who has the courage to protect the children at schools."

3. Mass Shootings occur in Gun-Free Zones

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As Concealed Weapons instructor, military master trainer, expert witness for the Utah State Legislature, elite firearms expert Larry Correia explains:

"Over the last fifty years, with the single exception of the attempted assassination of politician Gabby Giffords, every single mass shooting with more than four casualties has taken place in a supposedly gun free zone.

Naively promoting more gun controls is misguided at best, prevention is actually a matter of arming more law-abiding citizens. [A survey of 15,000 law enforcement professionals shows they want you to have the tools to defend yourself - an overwhelming 90% plus are in favor of the Second Amendment.]

"The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by law enforcement: 14.
"The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by civilians: 2.5.

"The reason is simple. The armed civilians are there when it started.”

So what was the government's response? They set up an enquiry to muddy the waters and miss the real causes of the problem: The inability of responsible adults to protect themselves and their children. Government failure at that most fundamental of government tasks: protecting their citizens and your children.

4. The Government Hid their Failure to Act

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In this case, it turns out that the government had had plenty of warning, yet not only failed to act, but tried to hide their failure for many years. Former Rocky Mountain News reporter Jeff Kass, author of the book Columbine: A True Crime Story, found that police ignored complaints and explains what actually happened.

A year earlier, the mother of one of Harrris's friends had laid a formal complaint: Harris, one of the shooters, had threatened her son on his website and bragged that he had been building bombs. The police did create an affidavit for a search warrant on Harris' home, but took it no further.

County officials took five long years even to acknowledge that they had met to discuss the ignored 1998 affidavit for a search warrant. Yet the police had also found a small bomb near Harris' home - but no one had bothered to present the affidavit to a judge. The search did eventually take place, but only after the shooting spree.

5. Guns are Mostly Used for Defense

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In this shooting spree, as in countless others, the massacre of innocents by deranged individuals was exacerbated by the legal gun ban. Laws disarming the law-abiding simply lead to responsible citizens being unarmed while criminals have no problem in getting and keeping guns.

Yet guns in law-abiding hands stop a lot of criminal mayhem Open Page in a new Tab and murders. The study by Kleck and Gertz Open Page in a new Tab found a total of 2.16 million defensive gun uses per year in the United States. The National Survey of Private Ownership of Firearms study found approximately 1.5 million defensive gun uses per annum. Open Page in a new Tab

6. Mass Shootings Drastically Increase

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The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post report there were
  • 18 random mass shootings in the 1980s
  • 54 in the 1990s
  • 87 in the 2000s
  • there were 14 cases of mass shootings in 2012, just one year rather than a whole decade
This increase in the number and severity of massacres suggests that the increasingly stringent gun laws already on the books are having an understandably negative effect. Would further restrictions on gun ownership by the law-abiding and responsible make matters better, or worse?

It seems that those wishing to strengthen gun restrictions just ignore the consequences of the previous actions. What's the most effective way to discourage any criminal activity? Is it really to disempower the law-abiding?

Food for Thought

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"Bad guys with guns - bad, and good guys with guns - good!”

- Harrold School District Superintendent, David Thweatt, along with many others.

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** Your Next Step **

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When women and seniors are armed, they can defend themselves from attacks by usually young, male and much stronger violent criminals, rapists, and terrorists.

So we encourage responsible law-abiding citizens, those who pass the background checks, to be able to protect themselves, their family and their property. Despite negativity and media misunderstanding, Discouraging Criminals is neither Mandatory Gun Ownership nor Compulsory Gun Ownership, it's simply your choice.

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