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FOR RECORD: A follow up on the implications of turning schools into soft targets in an age of mass attack events


While it is Christmas and we all hope to turn our attention to more pleasant matters, unfortunately there are some concerns that will not wait.

So, pardon a few moments to address such.

But first , let me wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Now, in the past few days, Mr Arrington and I posted here and here at UD on the Newtown, CT school mass murder incident.  Over the past week, however, the incident has now been caught up in a global media firestorm.

My attention has been drawn to an insightful remark by Mr Larry Correia, so I beg permission to take liberty to excerpt a personal blog post, on a sense of duty to speak up for record, for those at risk; even given that such is likely to stir painful emotions and at the hands of some, may unfortunately be misunderstood:


>> I am aware that gun related issues trigger intense polarisation and emotionally charged locked in positions, so I here simply speak for record, by citing an expert, Larry Corriea . . . .

. . . now that there is a new tragedy the president wants to have a “national conversation on guns”. Here’s the thing. Until this national conversation is willing to entertain allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons, then it isn’t a conversation at all, it is a lecture.

Now when I say teachers carrying concealed weapons on Facebook I immediately get a bunch of emotional freak out responses. You can’t mandate teachers be armed! Guns in every classroom! Emotional response! Blood in the streets!

No. Hear me out. The single best way to respond to a mass shooter is with an immediate, violent response. The vast majority of the time, as soon as a mass shooter meets serious resistance, it bursts their fantasy world bubble. Then they kill themselves or surrender. This has happened over and over again . . .  ” [More . . . do, please, read and ponder.]

. . . . Correia also tells us something that lets us see how ruthlessly we are being manipulated by the media spinmeisters and messianistic politicians:

There were four mass killing attempts this week. Only one made the news because it helped the agreed upon media narrative.

  1. Oregon. NOT a gun free zone. Shooter confronted by permit holder. Shooter commits suicide. Only a few casualties.
  2. Texas. NOT a gun free zone. Shooter killed immediately by off duty cop. Only a few casualties.
  3. Connecticut. GUN FREE ZONE. Shooters kills until the police arrive. Suicide. 26 dead.
  4. China. GUN FREE COUNTRY. A guy with a KNIFE stabs 22 children.

And here is the nail in the coffin for Gun Free Zones. Over the last fifty years, with only one single exception (Gabby Giffords), every single mass shooting event with more than four casualties has taken place in a place where guns were supposedly not allowed.

Now, if you disagree with this — effectively a proposal that if the soft target terrorism problem gets to where you are the soundest solution is to create a properly organised civilian marshal force [here, through volunteer teachers], let us hear on what objective grounds, not a panic response.>>


It seems that some rethinking may be in order, in light of a wider view from this expert.

Beyond that, at risk of further misunderstandings or some ruffled feathers, we also need to do further thinking  about the devaluing of life and other key values in our civilisation, through the promotion of amoral materialist ideologies, many of which unfortunately cloak themselves in the lab coat and prestige of science. Similarly, our civilisation needs to think, very hard, about the implications of mass blood-guilt stemming from the ongoing abortion holocaust that — just in the USA since 1973, has exceeded 50 millions. END