To those who recoil at the idea of teachers with concealed carry permits or armed guards in schools, and who think future mass shootings can be stopped if we just add a few more laws to the books, I’d say this:
If you have a new law that will actually help, then I’m more than happy to listen -- but who’s going to enforce those new laws when we can’t even enforce the laws we have now? Who will verify the millions of new background check forms? Who’s going to stop the next mass shooter when we’re already spending billions of dollars on tens of thousands of law enforcement agents who can’t even manage to do a Google search or pick up the phone or question a potential threat when his name and address have been handed to them on a silver platter?
Some people’s go-to response to any crisis is to demand more government. But has there ever been a more stark and tragic example of the failure of government to protect us? Here’s the sad, hard truth, and if we ever want to stop these heartbreaking massacres, then we’d better accept it: the only people who can stop future school shootings are us. We have to watch out for troubled, alienated young people and try to engage them and help them. If they can’t be helped, we need to watch and report them, and demand that the authorities do their jobs and follow up. God forbid, if all else fails, then we’d better be prepared to protect our children ourselves.
Leftists say they’re sick and tired of hearing conservatives say we’re praying for the victims. Well, news flash: we’re sick and tired of having to pray for the poor, helpless victims, too. So let’s start taking some concrete actions to insure there are no more shooting victims. Trying to make ourselves feel better by passing more useless laws that can’t or won’t even be enforced isn’t going to cut it.