From IveGot AnIdea
What would have prevented the Newtown tragedy?
If Omar Thornton had received a security detail while still in the distribution complex, he would still have been able to fight his way back in and kill as many people that he considered “racists” as he did, most likely. If he had received a mental health assessment during his exit interview (his firing), it might have become apparent that he had some sort of plan on his mind and the police could have been called to analyze the situation before letting him go, possibly taking him into custody and eventually a program. He probably would have still felt the same anger and betrayal and he would have found a way to fight his way in to commit the mass murder that he did.
Almost every case of mass-murder that’s happened recently has been done with legal weapons, and the recent restrictions to something like a Bushmaster would only have forced the murderer to come prepared with more clips for a slightly different, legal semi-automatic rifle. Maybe that would have given him an intellectual advantage and more would have been killed. Even if he had been receiving mental health treatment (does anyone know if he was even being treated?), he might still have done what he did, or worse. He had been training alongside his mother, learning to shoot all the weapons she owned and he was given complete access to those legal weapons.
The only thing that could have prevented the Newtown tragedy would have been if the school had been locked down like a military fortress or a prison, minus the guard towers of course, since there’s no danger in allowing the children or teachers to escape.
I say why not? Just one life saved is worth the cost of making each and every school (and every other building that’s available for use by the general public) as safe as a prison: metal detectors, security cameras, bullet-proof glass, entry and exit guards and checkpoints, the works.
Limiting gun ownership and even the types of weapons won’t prevent anything (but we must still prevent the general public from owning weapons of war), but reinforcing security, forcing visitors, customers, and clients of schools, hospitals, stores, banks, malls, post offices, dental clinics, whatever, to go through metal detectors and state-of-mind assessments – those measures will prevent mass-killings from happening inside those buildings. We already do this for airlines, why not also do it for the buildings that everyone uses?
Do you need you and your children to have that “life is beautiful” feeling that comes from a relaxed, unsafe environment, or would you rather you all continued living? Living, that is, with an added feeling of safety.
You want a jobs program, something that will demand the required employment and resources at a level equal to the US military-corporation? Let’s try making people who go out in public places, including ourselves, our public employees, and our own children, safe, for once in all of our lives! We can still paint flowers on the walls, but they will be bullet-proof walls, very beautiful and safe bullet-proof walls.
God knows it’s money better-spent than hunting and killing “terrorists” on their own soil, thousands of miles away. God knows it would be one thousand times cheaper!
Didn’t local towns and sheriffs actually do this in the Old West when they were having too many gunfights in the streets and too many mass-killings in the saloons? No, that would have been seen as gun-restrictions. Geez, I guess you’d have to take a person’s firearm when they entered any public place. That would defeat the whole purpose of owning a firearm.
Hey it’s pretty ironic though that the 2nd amendment was created in order to keep our fighting force prepared with what used to be their version of the modern weapon of war: the musket … and NOW we’d all have to own machine-guns, RPGs, tanks, fighter jets, flame-throwers, and a few nukes here and there! Guess the amenders didn’t see all that coming…or did they?
I think I could own and maintain a fighter jet pretty responsibly. It would have to be a Harrier though (no runway…YET!)