Yesterday the NRA unveiled its plan for not dealing with gun violence. Their plan is to prevent more shootings in schools by having more guns in schools, which is somewhat like trying to prevent flooding by just adding water.
Gun violence is a leading cause of death among children, but almost none of the killings occur at school. That’s because there are guns everywhere else... so now the NRA wants to put guns in schools. Right now, school is the safest place for a child to be if they want avoid being shot. If this NRA plan goes through, the only place a child will be able to feel safe from being shot is Canada. If we allow every school to be inundated with people carrying weapons, we will lose more children to accidental shootings than we would have lost to school shootings if we had done nothing.
In theory, the authors of the “National School Shield Task Force” were completely independent of the NRA. That’s ridiculous—nothing in America is completely independent of the NRA. Several members of the NRA “task force” are employees of RBT Solutions, which sells security equipment and training. And guess what the task force recommended—that schools buy security equipment and training. Is that any surprise? If the task force was made up of employees of General Mills, the task force would have recommended that we stop school shootings by buying Cheerios, Trix, and Lucky Charms.
Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) says he is against gun control because gay marriage leads to bestiality. Normally, you would be confused by such a statement, but as soon as you hear “Louie Gohmert,” you know the rest is going to be big-time ridiculous. Louis said “There is no clear place to draw the line once you eliminate the traditional marriage and it’s the same once you start putting limits on what guns can be used.” Here’s a “clear place” to draw the line on marriage, Louis—two consenting adults. Is that so hard? When we eliminated slavery, Louie would have argued against it on the grounds that if you give these people their freedom there is “no clear line” on what they would get next. They could even end up voting!
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