I carefully read the response to the Newtown tragedy from Wayne LaPierre and the NRA. Even as a gun owner, I felt a bit of revulsion upon my first reading. As a Texas country boy, guns have always been a part of my everyday world. We were taught to be careful but not afraid of guns. I have enjoyed hunting and really get the connection between animals dying and me eating. Occasionally I have even known the name of the primary contributor to my meal.
Still the idea of even more armament is a bit tough for me to accept. I don’t like the idea of an escalating arms race trying to make sure the good guys have better weapons than the bad guys. I am unsure there is any evidence that increasing guards really will reduce violence. If we add that many new guards; will friendly fire, mistakes, misunderstanding, and bad intentions actually reduce or increase gun violence. I am not sure.
I thought carefully about all of this before I decided that I completely agree with Mr. LaPierre. As someone supporting him, there is one tiny thing that he seems to have neglected considering. I have some help for him.
I think this new program may be expensive. We all want the brightest and the best guards armed with the most lethal arms weapons that money can buy. I figure about ten million a year per campus for 7X24X365 monitoring should do it. The statistics that I saw indicate around 150,000 schools in the US with multiple locations we might get to 200,ooo, but who is quibbling?
I am confident that the NRA is ready, willing, and able to write that check to handle things. Surely nothing is as important as the safety of children; except perhaps the second amendment rights of gun owners. The NRA has an amazing fund raising machine; so I am sure there would be no problem. If on the slight chance the NRA might decline, I have an alternate proposal. Let’s just tax gun purchases to handle that expense. This seems to me to be a win for everyone. Guns for everyone, guards everywhere, and best of all a great solution for the economic doldrums!