Last week, in Connecticut, a vicious lunatic named Adam Lanza murdered his mother. Then he stole her (legal and registered) handguns, drove to the school where she had worked, marched right in the front door without any difficulty, went to the room of the kindergarten class his mother had taught, walked right in -- then shot the teacher, and proceeded to shoot the students. There was no one in that room capable of stopping him.
Apparently the school had made some preparations for such an incident, for other teachers -- hearing the gunshots -- locked their classroom doors and made all the kids hide in a corner out of sight from the doors. They also phoned the police, who arrived quickly and began clearing the building. Just who finally stopped Lanza -- whether he shot himself or the police did it -- is still unclear, but obviously it was none of the students, teachers, or school staff. That, thank you, is because the school's -- possibly the state's -- Zero Tolerance Policy forbade anyone, from the principal down to the janitor, and certainly the students, to bring a firearm or any other effective weapon into school. That policy, of course, did not prevent Lanza from doing it. That policy made the students and teachers into helpless targets. Everyone has heard the phrase 'like shooting fish in a barrel'; it could easily be replaced by 'like shooting kids in a zero-tolerance school'. Or, for that matter, a 'no weapons allowed' theater or shopping mall.
Of course, the moment the news came out, the professional liberals of the media began howling for More Gun Control, with such well-crafted phrases that they must have written up their appeals long in advance. Of course President Obama was asked for his opinion, and he made a stirring speech about the 'tragedy', but was careful to say only that 'something must be done'. A few media pundits bothered to say that we need better vicious-lunatic advance detection.
What nobody bothered to mention is this odd little fact. For the past several decades, whenever some vicious lunatic wants to go kill a lot of innocent people, and decides to use guns instead of bombs, he'll go to, in order of precedence: a) a school, b) a theater, c) a shopping mall. You never see a vicious homicidal/suicidal lunatic go shoot up: a) a police station, b) an army base, c) a shooting range. There has been just one case, and that in recent years, of an Islamofascist sleeper-agent shooting up a military base -- but even that base had a strict policy of keeping the guns locked away from the soldiers, leaving the armed military police to take the killer down.
Another odd little fact: you never hear of a vicious lunatic shooting up schools, theaters or shopping malls in Israel. This is because in Israel: a) the schoolteachers have usually had military or police training, and are always armed, b) the theaters have armed guards always watching, if not armed police or soldiers in the audience, c) the shopping malls have guards armed with rifles or shotguns, placed in strategic positions, always watching the crowds -- and never mind how many of the shoppers are armed. The teachers, guards and even civilians are trained and prepared to recognize a threat, and shoot him before he finishes saying the "-hu" on "Allahu akbar". Likewise, when was the last time you heard of a vicious lunatic shooting up anything in Switzerland?
Gee, are we seeing a pattern here?
Yes, it would be nice if we had some reliable public system for detecting vicious lunatics before they kill anyone, and quietly trundling them off to the Happy Home. The problem is that nobody has any idea how to go about doing that little thing. We've seen from too-long experience that Gun Control doesn't work, despite the pious insistence of various liberals. Getting Guns Off The Streets campaigns have only increased markets -- and prices -- for illegal gun-dealers.
The only tactic that works is arming, and training, the public at large -- as in Israel and Switzerland -- and providing realistic security systems, including armed guards, in vulnerable target areas -- such as schools, theaters and shopping malls.
Perhaps a good first step in this direction would be to make up small stickers (with really tough glue on the backs) saying "Helpless Victims Here" and showing an icon of a fish trying to leap out of a barrel, and stick them up on walls right under any sign that says "Gun-Free Zone" or "No Weapons Allowed". Most people will get the hint. Eventually, even politicians and media pundits will, too.
--Leslie <;)))>< (not in a barrel)