Friday, December 28, 2012

GUN LEGISLATION FOR SCHOOLS.

 Recent events have caused me to write about my desire to have legislation drafted federally providing armed guards in schools nation wide.  If you've read my last two posts on this subject than you already know my reasoning.  Which is as I've said "Only a good person with a gun can put down a bad person with a gun." Or as Wayne Lapierre of the NRA paraphrased "Only good guys with guns can take out bad guys with guns." Unfortunately the NRA leading the charge for this has seemingly put the idea at odds with the anti gun crowds.  I mean the NRA has the resources, and good for them, but I've seen news stories already putting forth talking points opposing it.  They say there was an armed guard at Columbine and it didn't help.  True, but the gun was brought in secretly by a student who opened fire in the cafeteria during lunch.  The threat wasn't known and forcing their way through the front door like at Sandy Hook.  Clearly an armed guard would have been a better defense at Sandy Hook than the women who rushed the gunman unarmed.  GOD bless them. Those women are heroes.  Sadly they were no match for the gunman.   The kids didn't have an option in that situation.  They didn't have a defense at all.  I also heard the argument that more guns don't make things better.  That's all well and good, but when shit hits the fan guess what it takes to bring things to a conclusion.  More often than not it's cops with guns.  Look at the world we live in today.  Not with glasses of an imagined utopia, but with clarity.  I have had some exposure to police and security professionals.  Cops have to qualify annually with their sidearm.  The ones I worked with went to the range regularly.  At least once a month.  The security professionals I know are mostly retired cops or former military people who not only shoot regularly, but also seek out additional training in threat assessment, target acquisition, and handgun combat tactics.  The security field is fiercely competitive. Who protects your money in the bank? A guard with a gun. Who protects your businesses money in transport? Guards with guns.  Who protects your property? Your home from invaders with guns?  You do with a gun and the cops that respond to your calls for help with their guns.  Every year people successfully protect themselves, their loved ones, and strangers from harm with a gun.  If you doubt it, or can't find such stories because the news doesn't report such things you can contact the NRA. They keep an annual list.  Moving on.  Who protects our politicians? Secret Service and cops with guns. Who defends nations when invaded by hostile armies?  The American soldier and our allies with guns. It's just the world we live in today.  We have laws in place to screen gun buyers.  We have laws in place to allow psychologist to send in a letter to law enforcement banning gun buyers deemed a threat.  There's no way to determine when someone is going to wig out and go on a killing spree.  We can only be prepared for it. Support legislation on a national level to put armed guards in every school lobby in America.  Don't say it's logistically impossible.  They use to say the same about the postal service.  Are you really going to tell me that this country can recruit, screen, train, and post agents for multiple agencies such as the Secret Service, the FBI, the CIA, the Department of Defense, but we can't staff schools?  Get serious.  Let's get it done. 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Against All Odds by Chuck Norris

My wife recently gave me a book for Christmas by one of my childhood hero's, Chuck Norris.  This is Chucks story.  All about Chuck, as told by Chuck. Or, should I say Carlos?  That's right.  The man the world knows as a larger than life action hero, and six time undefeated World Karate Champion is not in fact Chuck Norris.  His real name is Carlos. That's the name on his birth certificate as he tells in this unusual, and inspirational book about the legends life. Chuck is a nickname given to him by his pals in the U.S. Air Force. And, the name stuck. Chuck came from humble beginnings growing up poor with two brothers with his mom who instilled in them a Christian faith. Faith was often all they had as kids. His dad was a drunkard that couldn't hold a job.  Dad got drafted to fight the Nazis, and ended up missing in action only to return home with an even worse drinking problem that came with the added pleasure of violent behavior. They moved constantly, existing on handouts, and the generosity of family.  They had no toys. They played with clothes pins, and spent every weekend they could watching westerns in the theaters for a dime.  A shy kid that couldn't speak in front of a class he was chased by a bully everyday from school at one point.  Until a gas station attendant stopped him, and made him turn around to fight the bully.  Chuck won and the bully never chased him again.  He went to Korea in the Air Force.  But, because he wasn't much of an athlete, or academically inclined he learned Judo.  Then he convinced a local villager to train him in Tang Soo Do which is one of the many martial arts forms later incorporated  into Tae Kwon Do. Chuck came back to the states a black belt, taught classes on the side for extra money, opened a school, then two, then struggled financially loosing everything, and starting all over again. It just goes on and on with moments in time that mark pivotal points in his life where he had to make decisions to negotiate obstacles to move forward.  Always drawing on his perseverance from training in Korea, and his faith in GOD.  The story details meetings and friendships with the biggest names in Hollywood, politics, and the martial arts world.  The struggles with his marriage, and how he got into acting. Do you think you know Chuck Norris? You don't know Chuck Norris until you've read this book.  Oh, his family and closest friends call him Carlos.  It is after all his real name.         

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sandy Hook, terrorists, and human decency

As our country moves ahead following the aftermath in Connecticut, and as we discuss ideas on how to safe guard our children in the future, let us not be dismissive of measures because they cost too much.  Make no mistake.  There isn't a terrorists in the world that hasn't noticed how badly America hurt because of this incident. Only a good person with a gun can take down a bad person with a gun.  There may be copy cat crimes in our future.  Terrorists may make our schools their new front line.  So, I am a proponent of armed guards in our schools.  All of our schools.  No matter the grade.  No matter the location.   I think our children deserve that last full measure of security to protect them, and by time for local authorities to respond.  In terms of logistics and budgets this may seem a daunting task.  The good news is that police and armed security officers are everywhere.  They are vetted and trained already.  And, they are comprised primarily of people who have an innate desire to help.  If asked I'm certain they will donate man hours to schools out of human decency and the kindness in their hearts.  We are a generous people we Americans.  We help each other.  We protect each other, our friends, strangers on the street, and our children.  We put armed guards in banks to protect money.  Lets do the same for our kids in schools.  Contact your Congressman, your House of Representatives, The White House.  Lets get legislation going to protect our kids. It's up to us America.  It's up to us to protect the future.  

Friday, December 14, 2012

Connecticut

I'd like to take this moment to think about the families in Connecticut who lost their loved ones today.  All our prayers and love are with you. As we grieve we must remember that there is evil in this world. And only good people who are prepared to combat it can stand in its way.  The faculty of the school unarmed and with only their convictions of right and wrong confronted that evil and lost their lives.  The fireman next door to the school ran to the scene unarmed, but prepared to help.  The children ages five to ten completely defenseless cared for, and comforted each other, and as one report said directed friends away from danger. I have mind to start a nonprofit that will place an armed security guard in every school in the country. No matter what grade level, no matter where they are.  I don't know if it's logistically possible. I'd like children to  have at least one gun to protect them when evil comes. We can no longer leave them defenseless.  We can no longer turn our backs and pretend it wont happen to us, in our town, with our kids. It's time we provide a last measure of defense for our children, as a community, as a country. The nonprofit idea would be responsible for raising donations to pay for training, back round clearances, and salary for armed security. perhaps it can be broken down to state and local levels where each community takes care of its schools as they currently do in part with police.  Perhaps it can be done nation wide with legislation. Perhaps we can do something. I think for now in the short term every police and security department should volunteer man hours to staff schools in their areas. And, I think the legislation route may be in order for the long run.  So, contact your congressman, senators, or the White House and ask for help to defend our kids.  This doesn't have to happen again.  One trained officer with a gun could stop evil next time.