Does anyone remember the arms race? NRA says to arm guards schools. (have we already forgotten?)
A good rifleman can put a hole in a can that far away.
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
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.