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Does anyone remember the arms race? NRA says to arm guards schools. (have we already forgotten?)

Updated on July 16, 2013

A good rifleman can put a hole in a can that far away.

Arm a person in a school and they are the first to go.
Arm a person in a school and they are the first to go. | Source

Very dangerous position. Escalation of armaments. Do they know what a sniper is?

I believe that it is time to bring this issue back up to the forefront. Especially after the Zimmerman verdict. Now is a good time. For it would seem that that case was as close as you can get to a strange twist. People don't shoot people, guns do.

Here is a sad thought; Individual names of those killed in Newton are not household names. The 3 shot in PA. will go largely unnoticed. And the most powerful gun group in the world wants to escalate the commonness of weapons in children’s lives. It all seems so senseless. How do we deal with it?

People who do not feel are dangerous.

Let me tell you something about tragedy to another and empathy. Many people have abnormally high sensitivity to what others are feeling, we generally call them empathetic or an empath. Other people have abnormally low levels of empathy, we would call them cold. Most are in the middle. Empaths often spend their life trying to control their empathetic nature. Good people who are cold try to nurture empathy. When a horrible tragedy of depravity strikes, empaths can become overwhelmed to an almost disabling degree. Cold people feel something but not much. Those in the middle get like an empathetic adrenaline rush feeling things they normally would be able to just brush off and move on.

When a cold person after the tragedy shows no empathy at all, watch out! Most people when hit with something that normally causes pain retract. Many psychopaths do not feel physical pain so they have no need to retract. (of course that is very extreme and goes with other neurological disorders.) So what about the “cold” person who feels no empathy and limited sorrow?

That was exactly the attitude of the NRA toward Newton. Now the are the group that trains the majority of people on the use of guns, scary.


I went through NRA and was a member and it was awesome. Probably what I speak of here is not the rank and file but the politicos at the top.

Many countries have police without weapons

This guy does his job of policing without a weapon.
This guy does his job of policing without a weapon. | Source

Institutionalized lack of caring. I have never seen such a cold blooded organization.

If you have ever been in a combat situation or a serious triage situation, you had to be cold to function appropriately. Some folks are born that way, others not so much. So back to our cold person who feels nothing personally at the pain and suffering of others. Other than laws what would stop them from being what we call a “cold blooded” murderer? You think you know where I am going but you would be wrong.

A week after the Newton massacre the NRA came out and said to put guns in the hands of folks on elementary school campuses. Now just assume that you are a parent of a child just killed by a man with a gun. And you had to send your other child off to school the next day.

I am not even saying the NRA is wrong here in their proposal. What I am saying is that they are showing a complete lack of caring in how they are dealing with the issue. The next time they speak, I for one will immediately reflect how they acted today. They are “cold blooded” politicians and lobbyists. If you think I am suggesting that the NRA is a psychopathic organization that is your choice. Look at it this way; their comments are in fact laying the ground work to blame schools and police for not arming up schools before the incident. Who has the vote as to what schools and police policy is? Interesting it is the very parents of the children who died – So the NRA is essentially blaming the parents, that is not right. And think of this, many schools do already have armed policemen working in the schools. And it does not stop the violence.

Let me leave you with this thought. If a psychopath has an assault weapon and wants to shoot children, the only thing an armed guard does is make himself the first target. Again the assault weapon is really not designed to kill people, of course it does. The purpose of an assault weapon is to lay down a barrage of bullets in order to prevent the other side from exposing and firing. And here is one I heard yesterday. Civilians should be allowed to have semi-automatic assault weapons. Well if it was semi-automatic it would not be an assault weapon.


Sometimes a blessing

Please pay attention here. I am not advocating here any further Gun Control.

What I am advocating here is people control. That the rank and file members of the NRA get out of an "us against them" mindset and tell their leaders to move forward now to do what the NRA does best -- teach and educate about firearms.

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      I have been struggling to figure out why we cannot find a solution to the gun control problem. Underneath all the polemic is fear. At root, NRA members are deeply afraid and distrustful... Afraid of their fellow citizens, distrustful of government. Congress is also afraid, of losing their constituencies and their jobs. Fear breeds fear. I hate thinking when I am going about my life, that many people I pass could be harboring a gun. It makes me want to flee the country, frankly. It does not make me want to buy my own gun, though. I basically trust most people. Not stupidly. I know not everyone is well intentioned. But I am not so stupid as to buy a gun, and increase my chances of an early death from that very gun. No, I'm not that stupid.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Louisa,

      When it seems to get to much to deal with I ask myself a simple question.

      Would I rather take a life or give my life? I do not know why but the answer is always the same. I would rather give mine. And when I accept that simple truth for me, fear just kind of slips away. But I am afraid that is a two edged sword.

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Other countries do not have the level of violence that we have. We could follow their example. We choose not to. God knows why.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Other countries stomp on human rights. My darling would you have that?

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      Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Eric, following your article, the NRA's problem goes far beyond its presentation. It's reply to the Newtown situation goes beyond callous or even having the wrong answer, but more gravitating toward the absurd.

      What the NRA proposes in nothing less than an armed camp, that in a practical world is ridiculous. This organization and its adherents need to be carefully evaluated and their advice taken with a grain (or perhaps a freight car) of salt.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What is scariest to me is that as an organization they exhibit the same behavior as the psychopaths that do the shooting. Institutionalized insanity.

      Thanks for coming by and contributing.

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      Niteriter 4 years ago from Canada

      "If a psychopath has an assault weapon and wants to shoot children, the only thing an armed guard does is make himself the first target." Once again, you have shown great courage in stepping out to speak the truth on this important issue. I applaud you for speaking.

      The NRA is a shill for the arms manufacturing industry; its purpose is to create an environment conducive to increased weapons sales. The NRA's position was laid bare in its reaction to the Newtown tragedy.

      Keep up the good work.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks niteriter. Did you ever notice that most security guards do not carry lethal weapons? Thank goodness.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good Hub and excellent arguments and discussion. The NRA are overly paranoid and they are supporting the gun manufacturers to the detriment of their fellow citizens.

      This is not about denying first amendment rights. I own a gun, two of my grown sons own single shot pistols and rifles. None of us needs an automatic weapon. As you so aptly pointed out those weapons are not for hunting, target practice or personal protection. In the hands of regular citizens they are overkill and unnecessary in every sense of the word.

      First Amendments rights should be protected and we should make assault rifles and automatic weapons illegal (except for military). These two statement are not in contradiction as hyper NRA members contend. Our president and political leaders, right and left, should make this happen, immediately! Sharing.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I read that orders are backed up until May for assault weapons. It shows the totally compulsive problem we face. Thanks for coming by and sharing.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      That is horrifying! Who are these people and why are thy so compulsively fearful? Or are they grown up bullies and manipulators? Or are the two the same psychologically? So very, very distressing. :( I feel like instead of saying have a Happy New Year, I should start saying "Try to have a Safe New Year." :(

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am a funny guy, but probably like many. I do not really step up and speak out unless something effects my family. If my wife feels less secure then so do I.

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