The Adults Failed Us. Government Failed Us. Gun Laws Did Not Fail Us.

We don't need better gun laws. We need better adults and more competent authorities.

The FBI had multiple reports about the shooter in Parkland, FL. They failed to act.

The first family the shooter lived with after his parents died told authorities the shooter had pointed a gun at someone's head and made threats. The authorities did nothing.

The police failed those kids.

The resource officer stationed at the school with a gun waiting for four minutes before acting.

The security feed of what was happening wound up having a 26 minute delay. When the police entered to stop the shooter, the carnage was already complete and the shooter was gone. But he was still shooting on the security feed.

Repeatedly, adults in authority positions who could have intervened failed to do so. The shooter in Sutherland Springs, TX was able to purchase a gun because bureaucrats failed to add necessary data to a computer. The shooter in Parkland, FL was able to buy a gun because bureaucrats and authority figures failed to process necessary data. He could have been stopped. He could have been stopped from buying a gun. He could have been stopped at the school house door. He could have been stopped by security. Time and time again the adults failed. It is no wonder the left wants us to listen to the kids since the adults screwed up so badly.

What did not screw up was the gun laws. Had the authorities acted, the laws would have worked. The laws can only be as good as the people. But now we are left with a deep irony. Because all the authorities failed to act, the authorities would have us now ban guns so that people will be unable to defend themselves when the authority figures screw up again.

We don't need better gun laws. We need better adults.

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rrmccaha
rrmccaha

Guns are not the problem. Teachers don't need guns, and I am not even sure I would trust any and all retired vets to keep me safe if I were in HS today. There are kids that are troubled or just plain "mad at the world" need to be identified as "at risk" kids as early as middle school. Intervention works. I am proof. I was a child of divorce, and was a victim of first trusting a male teacher only to have him try to get me into a relationship with him ( I resisted). I was naive - innocent - never saw it coming...and never ever had a conversation about how to handle something like that at my dinner table. A school counselor encouraged me to speak privately with a volunteer therapist without my family knowing. It saved my life. When we are you adults, we often don't know how to deal with family issues, peer issues, school issues and the sky seems to be falling. I think some kids lash out. Some are mentally ill. Some are not. They may just have a crummy life and they can't see a way out. Counseling saved me - my family NEVER knew. I was mad and hurt and had no idea how to correct my course without an unbiased counselor. High school is hard to navigate for a lot of kids and many need a helping hand outside of the home and even the classroom. I honestly believe that if I had not had help I would have committed suicide before my first year of college. I almost had to drop out of high school...the situation was such as mess and I was so afraid. I now have two degrees, happily married with two college age children. I am for the NRA, I am also for better protection in our schools, safeguarding the entrances and exits, making safe rooms. BUT more than that, I believe the place to start are the kids who are isolated, seemingly misfits, angry, possibly failing, those who may be having trouble at home. These are our "AT RISK" kids for school attacks. Start identifying these kids and at least offer help. I suspect that some kids, like me, actually would appreciate the guidance. The signs are there, and someone knows who the kids are who might retaliate or who will sadly take out their anger on the place where they have spent the most time in their life...schools. This is a fixable problem. We have to begin to care about these angry misfits again.

Bear8
Bear8

A ban on guns would be as effective as the ban on illegal drugs. Some intelligence needs to prevail. Root cause analysis is called for. It is a process often used in business to go beyond a quick solution to the immediate problem and investigate the fundamental or underlying causes involved. Why did this happen; should be the first discussion, but all I see in the media is a proposed solution to an undefined problem! What are we doing that teaches individuals it is OK to commit mass murder? Does violent videos and video games that glorify killing have a negative impact on the developing mind of a young person? What about the "broken family syndrome" that shapes the mind and future of a child? We know from studies that a child from a broken family is five time more likely to suffer damaged mental capacity, yet nothing is being done to change that.

KLJ
KLJ

No, they didn't. The laws won't work unless enforced. Refusing to enforce them doesn't mean they don't work. There is NO law and it is not possible to have a law that stops a particular crime. Or we would never need the punishment part for breaking the law. People pretend Australia's situation proves banning guns saves lives. No, it doesn't. It just changes which lives are lost and after a brief drop in violent crime, it is up. Plus they now have a booming black market for illegal imports and a big demand for homemade guns. Making their victims more defenseless does NOT make criminals become law abiding citizens. Or again -we would never need the punishment part when they go ahead and break the law

FloridaMan
FloridaMan

People think I'm joking, but I'm not. The donut sucking coffie slurping pencil pushing busy-body bureaucrat who knew his job was to follow up on the tip from the FBI tip line but decided not to do it should not only be fired, he should be tied to a tree and whipped 17 times. And the cop who stood there with his thumb up his rear end watching kids get murdered should be tarred, feathered and run out of town on a railroad beam. The law is not, and strictly speaking, can't, punish these banally evil men, but we, the people, certainly can.