Warning Signs

Waking up the day after Valentine’s Day was stressful this year. The shooting in South Florida inundated yesterday’s news. Horrifically, 17 young people died and many more hospitalized. Americans are praying for all of the families.

The shooting happened because of an individual who had mental problems. Of course, the Democrat and liberal left will cry out it all happened because of guns. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Democrats and the left are always quick to point fingers at the NRA, the Second Amendment, hunters, target shooters, and concealed carry advocates. The truth is they should take their fingers, turn them around, and point them directly at themselves. They are far more culpable in this situation than any person on the other side of the argument.

Why?

If you have to ask why, or if you don’t know the answer to the question, you might be part of the problem.

In almost every case of someone using a gun to commit violence, there have been warning signs. In many cases such as this one, there were multiple warning signs. Unfortunately, those warning signs went unheeded.

Why?

Again, if you don’t know the answer or you have to ask, you are the problem.

You are part of the problem on two counts. First, you know nothing about guns. Secondly, you advocate political correctness.

On the first point, those who know nothing about weapons tend to have an emotional, visceral, and illogical reaction when they see an actual weapon. They have an unnatural fear of guns.

We again come back to that question, why? Why do so many fear guns?

If asked, “Do you fear cars?” The answer is probably no. Similarly, if they were questioned about their fear of alcohol, again, the answer is also no.

Why?

Because they know how to drive, they know almost everything about cars, and how they operate. They know how to service their vehicles, and cars get them to both pleasurable events and work.

When it comes to alcohol, most know how to control their drinking, and they know about the dangers of drinking too much.

Most do not fear cars or alcoholic beverages, yet a drunk driver behind the wheel of a car is probably the most dangerous situation to face on the highway.

Every gun owner will tell you there’s nothing to fear about a gun. If you know how it works, how to clean it, how to handle it correctly, it becomes nothing more than a tool. Early Americans used them daily to put food on the table. It’s a tool. Once you learn about it, it is no longer fearful.

On the second count of why the liberal left is responsible for yesterday‘s events, it boils down to political correctness. Because the liberals have declared no one can say something bad about others without being charged with labels of racism, homophobia, sexism, anti-Muslimism, intolerance, or a host of other labels, our society has changed from one that once kicked ass and took no names into a culture of absolute wimps.

Here’s the problem: The wimps want protection from the wolves, but they also want to deny others the tools to do that job. There are police, veterans, first responders, and others inclined to serve and to protect the innocent, those who would prefer not to carry a gun for their protection. But the wimps want the protection. And they mistakenly think that taking away all guns will afford such protection.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Just ask the citizens of Australia. After the government confiscated all the legal weapons, violent crime and murder immediately increased.

The Dems and liberal left do not understand the concept that if the government confiscates guns, the only firearms collected will come from law-abiding citizens. The criminals are not about to turn in their weapons because firearms are the tools of their trade. So, do you think murders, robberies, and mass shootings will magically come to a glorious end because the government took away guns from the good people?

No. Crimes will never go away. Ever. It is a problem with the hearts of some; not guns.

If you want to stop mass shootings in schools, there is only one way to do it. Eliminate all “Gun Free Zones.” Competent, ethical citizens (including teachers), should be allowed to carry everywhere. It has worked for the Israelis very well – after all, they have had no instances of classroom shootings.

If there had been just one teacher with a concealed carry license carrying his or her weapon at school yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, more than likely the death toll would not have reached 17.

 

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