What the Real Debate Should Be, IMO

I don’t feel safer.

I still don’t trust putting my child on to that bus every morning, watching that door close, and sending him off for others to protect.  I hate it, I hate every damn second.

And I hate that the nation seems to have forgotten the real issue.  The nation has forgotten about our children, and gone on to more wars between groups of people and politicians.  Propaganda rules their days while my first grader sits in his class room, just as those other children once did.

I don’t care about the war on guns and mental health.  (Okay, so I do care, a lot, but not in relating to this subject)  Because, you see, evil does exist.  You might call it a different name, based on your beliefs or backgrounds or whatever, but it’s out there.  As far back as our written history goes there are bad people out there doing bad things.  People have poisoned, stoned, hung, stabbed, drowned, shot.  This can’t be ignored.  You take away their weapon of choice, and because they are evil, they will indeed come up with another demented way to carry out their plan.  (9/11 anyone?)  So let’s end this part of the discussion right now.  Bad people will continue to do bad things, always.

But wait, mental health is too important!  Right.  I hear you.  It does have a factor in a lot of horrible crimes.  I agree.  But unless we become such a locked down nanny state, where every single person goes under constant evaluation… Bad people will still be out there.  (Some one is most likely rolling their eyes because I’m using the words “Bad” and “evil”, yes I understand many mental illnesses, and that some of these people just need help and medication and so on and so on, and they’d be normal people and such… Let’s just stick to one topic for now)

So now we finally get to the real point.  The point that is no longer being paid any attention to in the masses.  How is my child safe at school?

Let’s say we ban everything dangerous.  Let’s say we open up and improve our world of mental treatment.  And yet Tom the lunatic doesn’t care.  He has a plan.  And he’s not about to follow any law.  He approaches my son’s school, with a pack full of ammo that he stocked up on two decades ago, a gun he stole from Mexico, letter openers he’s sharpened to slice through a blade of hair, and whatever else a mad man might pack.  He gets into my child’s school.  (Let’s say he stabbed a dad in the parking lot and stole his ID, or let’s say he works there, or let’s say anything, there’s always a way)  And he approaches my child’s classroom…

Now what?  It takes an estimated (taken from a speech given by a St.Louis Sheriff) five to ten minutes to get one-armed cop to a school.  What will my son’s school do in those minutes to save lives?  Because it only takes minutes for a tragedy to happen or to be avoided.  The clock is ticking…

What happens next?

You can argue with me until you’re blue in the face that if we just take away guns that we’ll be fine.  I’m telling you I demand answers as to how my child’s life will be protected in school.  Protected from guns, knives, stun guns, pepper spray, rocks, brass knuckles, glass shards, bombs…. Because I don’t believe that we’ll ever get back to the days of my childhood memories of doors at school propped wide open on warm days.

Honestly, I don’t have all the answers.  I don’t want my children going to school in maximum security like buildings.  I don’t want him distracted and surrounded by armed militia.  But we have to start somewhere.  We have to start with protecting our children first.  It’s a great hope to want to solve the world’s issues, but it’s an impossible dream.  And we’re far from bringing our nation closer together with the current debates.  And my son is still only protected by a locked door and a petite secretary sitting behind a glass window.

So you can continue on being satisfied with your gun and healthcare debates, I’m not interested.  I want real results.  I want real safety.  My son is worth that.  Our children are worth real answers.

*packs away the soapbox*

*Side Note: This is not an invite to start any debates on this site on gun control or healthcare.  If you really, really, wanna.. email me.  I get that a lot of people just don’t wanna hear any of this, heck I lost five readers the day I posted about being a conservative, point being, no this is not gonna turn into a political ring, I have another blog for that.  But I would like to open up the discussion on what we can do inside the schools to keep our kids safe,  all views and opinions that are wrapped up like an adult are welcomed!

 

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4 responses to “What the Real Debate Should Be, IMO

  1. I’m not conservative. My politics fall well to the left, and I’m actually a big fan of a social-democratic, moderately interventionist state. But I don’t think banning guns is the solution to school violence. I think violent crime, in general, is a symptom of fragmenting social cohesion – an issue that money and policy simply cannot resolve.

  2. What is really annoying is that everything I’ve read discusses a ban on those heavy duty, high powered automatic weapons and large magazines. There is nothing about taking away guns, just the guns that mow down a large number of people in a short amount of time. I don’t think banning firearms is the solution and apparent that isn’t what is happening…as far as I’ve been able to understand. So the obnoxious propaganda about taking our guns away (flying around Facebook, etc) is…ridiculous. I didn’t feel like a criminal when I had to be fingerprinted to work with kids. I would have been fine going through a background check. if I were to buy a gun, I’d be fine waiting a few weeks while it is confirmed that I’m not a lunatic. will there be people that fall through the cracks? Yes. Will it cure violence? No. Will it curb it? Maybe. The one meme going around that annoyes the heck out of me is where they say that banning guns (again…not ALL guns) will work the same as banning heroin and meth. So, by that same line of thinking, should we life the ban on distribution and sale of drugs?

    This soapbox rant is not aimed at anything you said, but merely what has been stewing in my head. I admit fully that I know little about the gun issue, but I did read what the government is proposing and it sounds reasonable to me. It isn’t taking away guns from the average American, we can still have our hunting weapons and our handguns. I wouldn’t mind having one myself…but not being able to walk into any store and buy it off the shelf and carry is home is fine with me too. There are those great stories of people protecting their home from intruders….and even more from accidental death from an idiot who didn’t know how to use it in a non-defensive way. This issue is far more hostile than it need be and it makes me sad, because all we’re teaching our children is how to fight a battle for what they believe is their right, without fully understanding what is being discussed (I blame Facebook for helping with that…so easy to forward untruths and spread misinformation).

    • Another great point. You’re dead on, about 89% of people I hear ranting online don’t have a clue as to what the real dialogue is here. All sides are being portrayed incorrectly. And everybody is busy with trying to be right. Meanwhile our kids are not safer in anyway shape or form. ❤

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