Hey 3.5 readers.
Your old pal, BQB here.
I usually don’t get political on this fine blog. I want it to be enjoyed by all…of my 3.5 readers.
But this is an issue I wrote about after the Parkland school shooting and sadly, I’m writing about it again after the shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.
Look, I get it. Gun control is a tough issue. There are so many strong feelings on either side.
But let’s be honest…while we hope the gun-less utopia, a world where everyone voluntarily throws down their arms because everyone has become so kind, caring and trustable, is coming, it clearly isn’t coming anytime soon.
Listen, in the 1800s, did the world wait when desperados stuck up Old West banks? Did we say, “Oh, we won’t secure these banks, we’ll just wait for a day when everyone becomes nice enough to not rob banks anymore.” No, they pinned tin stars on the chests of surly, bearded, tobacco chawing U.S. Marshalls to hunt down the bank robbers. Today, go into a big bank and you’ll see all kinds of guards and security measures.
When terrorists struck on 9/11, did we wait and say, “Oh, we’ll wait until the day comes when no one wants to do anything evil with a plane.” No. The department of Homeland Security was started, the whole governmental intelligence gathering/law enforcement apparatus was overhauled and airport security was increased. We haven’t had a plane hijacking since, knock on wood.
Does it suck that we live in an age where schools require armed guards? Yes. Will their presence at schools intimidate the kids? I mean, if you think about it, you see so many police and security guards all day long, wherever you go – banks, major attractions, airports, subways, etc. Do you ever feel oppressed when you see them? Probably not.
Every school should have a security assessment and doors should be secured. They should be made such that there’s only one way to enter and that entrance comes with having to go through a metal detector staffed by armed guards. You go through security at so many other locations, so this shouldn’t be a problem.
Yeah, I know. You might say, “Well, that sucks that kids have to be shaken down by security every day” but we have to realize there is an ongoing pattern that has emerged the past twenty years.
Basically, the shooter is almost always a troubled young boy who gets his hands on a gun and after years of being picked on, or teased, made fun of, etc. he decides he’s going to get even. Young people often have no comprehension of how long life is and how some of the things that seem awful when they are teenagers will one day become things they will barely remember when they are adults.
Video games are more violent than ever. So are movies. And with the Internet, kids have exposure to all sorts of naughty stuff you couldn’t have dreamed of seeing as a kid many years ago.
Worse, you’ve got the “me” culture and even worse, “the fame culture” where everyone seems to think the best thing you can do in life is to become famous and it doesn’t matter if you become famous for doing something bad.
We have to be honest here. Yes, guns are a problem but also, keep in mind that up until twenty years ago, people had guns and yet, school shootings were not a regular occurrence. Not saying everyone in those days were perfect, but there’s been a breakdown somewhere that so many kids end up deciding to do a school shooting.
Maybe we’ll get to the gunless, peaceful utopia someday. Until then, tighten up school security.
Thank you. This is BQB, signing off. I’d run for president and solve the world’s problems myself, but I wouldn’t have time to write on this exceptional blog.