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NAT’L – OPINION – An NRA Member Makes Some Humble Suggestions on Gun Control

Few things exist on which there is more BS spoken than gun control. It’s highly unlikely, indeed almost impossible, that confiscating weapons like AR-15s or similar will do anything at all to combat killings, mass or otherwise, in the USA or anywhere else for that matter. People who are crazy enough to want to mass murder will, unfortunately, find a way. You only have to look to Paris, where personal gun ownership is virtually illegal for private citizens and multiple dozens of people were murdered by jihadis at the Bataclan Theater and across the city, or Chicago, another supposedly gun-free zone, relatively anyway, where five were murdered and at least 29 wounded over the last weekend alone, for corroboration. People who believe this kind of confiscation or control will solve everything, or even close, are living in a virtue-signaling/morally narcissistic dreamland. The “Mad Bomber” terrorized New York City in the 1940s and 1950s “with explosives that he planted in theaters, terminals, libraries, and offices.” He wasn’t caught for 16 years. There are plenty of ever-expanding ways to wreak havoc. NEVERTHELESS, a disturbing number of people are being shot—particularly school children—and we ought to try to do something about it. Yes, it’s true that the statistics on mass killings are fudged and exaggerated, but as a member of the NRA I have a few, tentative, suggestions:  Every school, depending on size, should have a number of armed people—more than they even think necessary—on the premises, at least for now. These should be a mixture of police, private security services, administrators, and teachers, a few, if not all, in plainclothes dress. None of the latter two should be coerced into this service, even remotely. (They would do poorly.) They should be volunteers who also commit to training and, equally important, constant retraining. The same should be true of every public facility, such as department stores, large restaurants, and theatres. A significant number of these people should also be plainclothes. A few, unfortunately not all, mass killers will be deterred by this. But it’s worth it.  [full article]

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