Gene Volokh, common sense, and school shootings
Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, Prof. Volokh has good common sense:
"My sense is that the only thing that could have stopped this murderer is someone else who's armed -- whether an armed security guard (something that even many non-trusting, non-insular schools don't have), an armed teacher, or someone else who had the requisite firepower (and willpower). Better yet would have been someone else who's armed but who's not in uniform, since even an armed but uniformed school guard could easily be surprised by the killer, who could murder him and then go inside with impunity."
As I was posting over there, while I can understand why some people have an emotional reaction to guns in schools, I think it's generally a good idea to let people who wish to be armed, and have the proper licenses and training, to go about armed in schools as well. An armed security guard doesn't have the luxury of picking his moment to confront the deranged killer.
Presumably Charles Carl Roberts would have had to distract his attention to bind his victims and barricade the door, which would be prime opportunities to spring a little surprise on the sick bastard.
This whole thing is really bothersome. The Amish just want people to leave them alone so they can live the way they want. I don't agree with their stance on pacifism, but people have a right to believe foolish things, and they certainly don't deserve to have people like this intruding on their quiet existence.
Posted by: Sebastian at October 3, 2006 09:18 PM
On NPR, this AM, I heard an unnamed school teacher, from an unnamed, rural school, claim that she wanted a new tool to protect her students in case of a similar attack- a siren. She wanted to be able to alert the nearest neighbor, 1/4 mile away.
Such a misguided sentiment should be surprising but sadly, it isn't. That teacher would rather request a siren to hopefully alert authorities to call the morgue and the grief counselors than demand a Remington 870 and the training to use it under stress.
Posted by: Nate at October 4, 2006 10:04 AM
What?!? Are you mad? Just look what happened to Israel when they started putting armed teachers and parents in every school. Why the number of school children and teachers killed skyrocketted ... what's that? ... they didn't? ... they dropped to essentially zero? ... Stop trying to confuse me with facts and statistics!
Posted by: Ken at October 4, 2006 10:29 AM
To the liberal gun grabbers the deaths of schoolchildren are entirely acceptable price to pay since it gives them a point to insert additional gun prohibitions on our society.
Why else do they oppose having schools adequately guarded?
And have nothing to say when money courier services appear on campus with a loaded hog leg on their belt?
Posted by: The Mechanic at October 4, 2006 06:58 PM
As far as psychiatry, mental illness and troubled individuals, I don't trust the government today. I would certainly be regarded as "troubled" or worse by reason of my faith in Jesus as the only way to salvation, the constitution which is based on the Bible and insistence on my God given constitutional rights.
Posted by: The Mechanic at October 4, 2006 07:10 PM
The liberal media blood dance is disgusting. When kids killed by some psycho/copycat, "we need more gun control." Sun comes up in the morning, we need more gun control." Sun goes down at night, we need more gun control." No rational anaysis of risks and rewards, no evaluation of how this has been dealt with before, or elsewhere. Full speed ahead and punish the innocent.
Posted by: RKV at October 5, 2006 03:19 PM
This school shooting is unlike previous ones in that the Amish will not defend themselves using any type pf physical force. They are indeed sheep waiting for the slaughter.
A guy who's running for the GOP presidential nomination is pro-gunowner and believes that the gun grabbers will never stop their onslaught. They are part of the Stalinist left who's dream is to gain power in the US.
John Cox, the GOP candidate already aired TV spots in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina describing his stand on a number of issues including gun control. Check it out: www.cox2008.com
Posted by: NCGOP at October 5, 2006 10:00 PM
I agree--good governance is defined where government writ ends. It's time for a candidate who will work to limit the reach of the federal govt. I'm not too sanguine about McCain or Giuliani's stances on guns, either. On the upside, it's an open field, plus Cox does sound like he really has some good ideas.
Posted by: Brandon at October 6, 2006 10:14 AM