To begin with, if you want to see a truly epic fisking of "we're coming to take your guns", see Raconteur Report's perspective, but there are lots of others people talking about this. If anything, I see the result of a Feinstein-like, "turn them all in, America" as being worse (for them) than he says. And, as McThag said for so many of us, I'm sick to death of being blamed for things I had nothing to do with.
The media and the Evil party (pardon my redundancy) are without exception saying we need to do something ("ban all the things!") and have completely steadfastly avoided mentioning anything that might actually work.
In intervening days, I've heard a few of the kids from school sounding very rational - as a counterpoint to the political demonstrations where the Useful Idiots staged a die in. What's that awful smell? Is it the DNC? George Soros? Michael Bloomberg? What's the difference?
With surprising regularity, comedians "get it" far more than their serious counterparts (exceptions for certain so-much-smarter-than-us late night comedians). Saturday nights at 10 PM, Fox News channel runs the Greg Gutfeld show. It's a time I frequently find myself sitting in the living room finishing up an hour of guitar practice, so I frequently end up watching.
Greg's regular panel of commentators includes former professional wrestler Tyrus, who has also been a teacher and a personal bodyguard (to Snoop Dog). He actually had a pretty good summary of what will work and I'm going to paraphrase madly. He started by saying that just as 9/11 changed air travel forever, we need to change schools forever. First, schools need access control. One of the kids I heard said the killer walked onto campus from a nearby field (it tends to be woodsy in Parkland) and then into a doorway to a stairwell on school property. That's where he started the attacks. Nothing to block just walking into the building. No locks, no searches, no "scanning in" with a card, no combination locks, nothing. Why is that banks have access control, along with every other institution you can name, but not every school?
Let's leave out the TSA grope and Perv-o-scan, though, and maybe just scan backpacks.
Second, much like the air marshals on planes and arming pilots, we need to empower any teachers who are already concealed carriers and get them more training. We're not talking about arming teachers, just helping those who have the ability to be better. Guys like Coach Feis, who was a CCW carrier, but forbidden to have his gun at work, and so died because of that. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd made news over the weekend for saying he's going to train any teacher that wants it. They call it their Sentinel Program and it was adopted by Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida last year. And my favorite part:
He acknowledged that some would not agree with his plan. However, he also noted that those who criticize have not offered alternatives, saying: “OK, Einstein, you got a better idea?”Third, the media has to stop giving these horrible losers wall-to-wall news coverage. They want their picture everywhere. They thrive on being notorious for carrying out the worst shooting evah. That's one of the reasons they do this. Yeah, it's big news, but for cripe's sake, could you not show his picture every 5 seconds, like not show it at all? And don't mention the guy's name. He wants fame, not anonymity.
Every other place that has things we value is protected by armed guards. One "resource officer" isn't enough for a school the size of Stoneman Douglas - or anything much bigger than a one room schoolhouse. Tyrus threw around the number that he understands approximately 435,000 veterans of the current wars are unemployed. Many, if not all, are well trained in the use of firearms and would be easy to integrate into the school community. Help the vets and help protect the kids in one move.
Frankly, while the talk about more screening for mental illness has some sense to it, it also raises my hackles about 4th amendment problems. I was working on a long piece on this, but this guy on WRSA covers a lot of it. As always, who decides and on what grounds? What test? Is there actual due process? Do you get committed because a neighbor who's pissed off about your house/yard/car/dog/kids calls you in to the sheriff? When the the Broward County sheriff's office is saying that people should call them when their neighbor comes back from the gun range instead of the grocery store (23:30 to 24:00 in that video), is that the kind of thing that gets you locked up for mental issues?
It's hard to sum this up, but let's try this: there are things we can do that will work, and then there's meaningless gun control blather. All we're hearing in most of the media is things that we know won't work. We need to try to push the discussion in the right direction. Give the PTB a little clue by four.