I know its been a while, and functional political memory is only about 30 years long...
...but, does anyone even remember the cold war? I was just a little kid towards the fall of it all, but I still remember little bits of the lingering fear... and the joy (I didn't fully understand at the time, and to a degree never will) that came with the tearing down of The Wall. Yet, I feel that even though I wasn't alive for most of the war, nor sentient basically all of it, there is an important lesson Americans can still learn from the Cold War... one being, proliferation of arms is not the road to peace. Sacrilege, I know.
Even more so when, in that light, one views the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America which reads, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." (according to Cornell)
<<<aside; I realize that I am exploiting the 19 spree shooting incidents of the last five years*, in this nation, to a similar degree as everyone else that is saying something about society and firearms and whatever else, and for that I do feel a slight cringe in my chest.>>>
I'm not particularly pro or anti gun, and I do realize that guns (all by themselves) don't kill people - people kill people and all the usual rhetoric... but seriously? That's like saying booze doesn't kill other people, only drunk drivers do...
This call to arm teachers or put guards in schools is just stupid. If the nuclear bombs/ Cold War example isn't a clear enough argument against proliferation of arms isn't enough...
... arming guards at schools didn't do much for Columbine... except for scare the shit out of everyone... (Terrorism much?- the guards, not the shooters)
My number one culprit is the culture that created this shit-show...
... by enforcing a culture where it is an individual's right to essentially shoot anyone who questions the legitimacy of their right to a personal stockpile of interments of death, you are reinforcing the idea that's is okay to be judge, jury and executioner... and my favorite is when those that fearfully cling to firearms throw Jesus into the mix... and there is discussion that "crazy,""insane," or "mentally infirm" individuals shouldn't have the right to own a gun...
here is a solution that should meet the demands of all but the crazies who want guns...
....WELL THEN! I propose that before anyone should be able to buy any type of gun (including paint and pellet) that they should be forced to "pass" the MMPI, Rorschach, & a stringent screening of everything they have ever said or done on the internet(s) and have all that data put before a board psychological, religious, and educational leaders (of course, elected to those positions via a democratic process) who will then take the Bible, DSM-V, and the constitution and all of its amendments into consideration as a litmus test towards their "sanity."
I think that that should satisfy everyone. Granted it will bankrupt quite a few institutions... but we're talking about possible "crazy" people buying guns here...
I'd rather be an idiot fucking than to acknowledge that this is actually a discussion that is consuming this country.
*December 14, 2012, Newtown, Conn. – 27 dead (including gunman)
September 27, 2012 -- Minneapolis, Minn. -- 7 dead (including gunman), 2 injured.
August 5, 2012 -- Oak Creek, Wis. -- 7 dead (including gunman), 4 injured
July 20, 2012 -- Aurora, Colo. -- 12 dead, 59 injured
May 31, 2012 -- Seattle, Wash. -- 6 dead (including gunman)
April 2, 2012 -- Oakland, Calif. -- 7 dead
February 22, 2012 -- Norcross, Ga. -- 5 dead (including gunman)
October 12, 2011 -- Seal Beach, Calif. -- 8 dead, 1 injured
January 8, 2011 -- Tucson, Ariz. -- 6 dead, 14 injured
August 3, 2010 -- Manchester, Conn. -- 9 dead (including gunman), 2 injured
November 29, 2009 -- Parkland, Wash. -- 5 dead (including gunman)
November 5, 2009 -- Fort Hood, Texas -- 13 dead, 30 injured (including gunman)
April 3, 2009 -- Binghamton, N.Y. -- 14 dead (including gunman), 4 injured
March 10, 2009 -- Geneva County, Ala. -- 11 dead (including gunman), 6 injured
March 29, 2009 -- Carthage, N.C. -- 8 dead, 3 injured (including gunman)
June 25, 2008 -- Henderson, Ky. -- 6 dead (including gunman), 1 injured
February 14, 2008 -- DeKalb, Ill. -- 6 dead (including gunman, 21 injured)
February 7, 2008 -- Kirkwood, Mo. -- 7 dead (including gunman), 1 injured
December 5, 2007 -- Omaha, Neb. -- 9 dead (including gunman)
October 7, 2007 -- Crandon, Wis. -- 7 dead (including gunman), 1 injured
April 16, 2007 -- Virginia Tech campus, Blacksburg, Va. -- 33 dead (including gunman), 23 injured
-Source; The Huffington Post