Something LaPierre and all the other NRA mouthpieces have failed to address in their the-solution-to-too-many-guns-is-more-guns is who’s supposed to pay for all this so-called security at schools.
For a bunch whose most constant comrades seem to be the smaller-government & less-spending Tea Party Taliban, this is somewhat of a contradiction, but no less imbecilic than the rest of their usual rants.
All that aside, in the current context of ever-shrinking budget pies, has anyone considered whether or not this would be the best use of so much of our limited resources?
And let’s face it: for all the praise we’ve so long heaped upon the Founding Fathers for their foresight and wisdom in framing the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment is a perilously ambiguous riddle, prone to just as much abuse by gun nuts as scripture from either Testament of the Bible at the hands of fundamentalists who would legislate morality.
Just as the writers of the First Amendment could not have foreseen broadcast media and the world wide web in the days of newspapers, neither could those who composed the Second Amendment have foreseen automatic weapons and long ammo clips in the days of muzzle-loading muskets.
How we fix all this is another matter. As far as I can yet tell, it is likely to involve the whittling down via regulation of some of what have historically been perceived as Constitutional rights, since such industries as video game and firearm manufacturers don’t seem willing to effectively regulate themselves.
Therein lies the unfortunately gordian knot which may prove to strike deepest into the heart of these recent massacres: video game makers claim freedom-of-expression rights under the First Amendment, while creating games in which automatic weapons are used unto gratuitous excess and provide the means of winning, thus passively or inferentially if not actively and overtly encouraging too many dimmer bulbs to make similar use of the same sorts of devices in real life, devices all too easily available due to long-standing abuse of the Second Amendment by gun mongers.
Or maybe a firearms proficiency certificate ought to be required to be a teacher or administrator in a public school. That would make just as much sense as the SOLs do.
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