Mary Arline (queen_of_kithia) wrote,
Mary Arline
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How can they be so obtuse? Is it deliberate?

Swinging back into the serious, real-world problems now. Try not to get whiplash.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/21/us/connecticut-school-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

So, the NRA thinks that putting armed security guards in all our schools will make them safer. My first question is this: What if it doesn't? What if we were to implement this program and it doesn't work? What if there's another massacre even with armed security on the premises? How many people are going to have to die before the NRA is willing to admit that, as strange as it may seem, more guns may not be the solution to preventing more violence?

Quote from the article linked to above:
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
Ah, but unfortunately, most people are morally ambiguous. Consider the following scenario:

You've got armed guard(s) on campus, tasked with preventing gun violence before it starts. Some kid is fooling around with his1 friends and makes some poorly thought-out comment or gesture that is misinterpreted by the guard who, desperate to stop an imminent attack, shoots and kills him, only to find out that the student is unarmed.

What would you say then, NRA? How would you try to weasel your way out of that little predictment? Would you at last be humbled, or would you brazenly, stubbornly stand before the school adminstrators and the parents and the victim's family and the press and the nation and defend the program by saying, "One student dead, while tragic, is better than twenty"?

Do you know what you've done in that scenario, NRA? You've made that one dead student a martyr.

And the thing about martyrs is that death grants them immortality.

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1Or "her"...but let's face it, more likely "his"
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