So after a somewhat heated debate on facebook today after the horrific shooting in a CT Elem. School, the first reaction by some of my friends was more gun control. Of course I don't think this is a solution to the problem of mass shootings, and explained why it was nothing more than a feel-good knee-jerk reaction to call for bans on assault rifles/high cap magazines. So I thought this is a time to get some ideas. Please be civil, everyone has an opinion. If you disagree with an opinion, ask for explanation on why they believe what they believe, take it in, then explain your position. In the end you still may not agree, but at least this doesn't become a hate filled name calling festival.
My position/thoughts.... Gun Control in my book is pointless and unrealistic. There something like 300 million guns in this country, millions of them are so called "assault rifles". Not getting into the 2nd ammendment part of this debate, the reality is you can ban all the new sales of these weapons and the large cap magazines, but you will never get rid of the millions already out in the population. All it will serve to do is kill a lot of jobs in the firearms manufacturing and retail parts of our society. You can try and ban them all together...but frankly few will get rid of their own weapons voluntarily in this day and age and good luck finding people who will go out and try and take them away from people. To me, the idea of gun control is like saying you are going to go out and round up every single illegal immigrant in the country and ship them back to wherever they came from...its just not going to happen.
So we must then look to solutions, or, at least a better plan. Frankly, I don't think we will ever be able to stop these from happening. We can minimize them, both with better proactive approaches, and with better security. You could put a cop in every school in America, make it more secure with say only one secured entrance. Camera systems only monitor not prevent or react to a shooting. Of course this would cost a lot of money in a bad economy. You know, I do find it interesting how municipalities around the country keep cutting officers, expect them to do more and wonder why more and more incidents like this occur. How many people have seen their department budgets shrink, forcing departments to cut their school liason officers? But perhaps that is the solution for now, put at least one officer in every school and let them deal with the security. There would be likely an added benefit... intel. For those who have been or spoken to liason officers, know that a ton of crimes get solved/prevented by the intel these officers get talking to the kids at school, and having a report with them. According to a google search, there are approximately 99,000 K-12 schools in the USA. Given an average salary/benefits package of an officer it would cost about $6.5 billion annually to accomplish this. Figure in perhaps another $1 Billion for added security measures such as metal detectors, etc. Given we have a $4 Trillion dollar budget I hardly think that is such a tall order. Heck we probably spend more than that on researching sheep farts in Jenna's back yard.
Anyways...what are some of your ideas?