Yes the Denver shooting
and bombing sickens me too. I feel for the parents and friends of the victims.
Unfortunately, I feel it could have prevented. Had School Boards and Government
Agencies funded metal detectors for schools, those Killers would have not been
able to plant the number of bombs and enter the school with weapons as they
did. Metal detectors have been used in airports for years. Some person say they
don't want their children subject to metal detectors and closed campuses. Well
. . . would you rather subject them to guns, knives, or bombs?
Again we react with new
gun laws not protection for our children. Did any representative introduce a
new bill to fund and mandate metal detectors in all California schools? NO,
that would require money and provide too much security. It is easier to pass
laws that continue to trash the US Constitution. The same Constitution all politicians
take an oath to protect when they take office.
Some politicians are making
numerous arguments to justify their assault on the 2nd Amendment; like Governor
Davis saying he believes in "most of the 2nd Amendment," or others
who claim newer firearms (so-called assault weapons coined by President Clinton),
is not what the 2nd Amendment intended. Excuse me but the Minuteman's long black
powder rifles complete with bayonet lugs and equal to Military weapons of the
time, were considered the "state of the art" in small arms at that
time. Today we are passing laws at an alarming rate that has created a large
disparity between what small arms a citizen can own versus that of the police
and military and one other entity . . . the movie industry. The same industry
we sometimes also blame for the violence, not only has assault weapons, but
full auto machine guns.
Why have guns just recently
become a problem? The repeating rifles have been around since the later part
of the 1800's. Could it be that we are too lenient with our children? Spanking
is not politically correct anymore. I am sure all of us who received spankings
from both school officials and/or our parents are psychologically more messed
up than the youth of today. Dress codes, closed campuses and campus security
patrols that existed when I was young was intended to keep students in classes
and discourage them from cutting class. We say to subject our youth to those
types of campuses is hindering their "personal freedom" and may be
emotionally distressing to them. Well, how emotionally distressing was the Denver
incident to our youth?
the gun rights of all Americans is the easy approach, using available technology
that cost money to defeat violence seems much harder for our representative
to undertake. We can spend Billions to bomb the Serbs, but nothing to eliminate
the bombing of our children. And the irony is, had the Albanians had assault
rifles, they would probably be able to defend their homes and not need our help.
Exactly what our 2nd Amendment was intended to address . . . not hunting or
sport shooting as some politicians would like you to believe.
Whom would we ask for help
if a group ever got control in our Government then used the armies to imprison
or drive a select group of American citizens out of the country? It could happen
here, ever see the recent movie "Siege?" Although, in that movie the
FBI went up against the US Army to right the injustices they were perpetrating.
This is unlikely in real life if the Commander in Chief is giving direction
to all the government agencies
The Denver shooting should
be a wake up call for politicians, representatives and lawmakers to get metal
detectors in our schools as well as other high traffic public government buildings
or facilities. They will have to spend money, but doing that does not require
them to continue to trash the US Constitution. This should be sacred territory,
especially until all other approaches have been exhausted. Once the 2nd Amendment
means nothing, it is a small step to trash the First Amendment out of existence
This article reprinted from
The Firing Line, October 1999 with the permission of California Rifle & Pistol