Since the recent tragedy of the massive shooting of students in #Parkland, it gives us all pause about balancing our freedom and security.
Many people have been quick to react and are pushing for bans on AR-15 or on bump stocks which modify semi-automatics to automatic rifles. Their argument is that the average gun enthusiast has no need for this weapon and that the second amendment was written over two hundred years ago before the production of automatic weapons. Yet, these individuals fail to realize that automatic weapons are still needed by the citizenry if we are attacked by a foreign power or terrorists as this was the reason for the second amendment-to protect the citizenry from foreign powers or even tyranny. Remember, their were no specifics on the bearing of arms for that reason, and the citizenry is the first defense against tyranny and IS the well-regulated militia. You can only look to the deadliest attack on American soil on Sept. 11, 2011 and see all the local people on the ground to know that is a fact.
Why make guns the target when anyone who is willing to kill can use knives, bayonets, shears, homemade bombs, and even motor vehicles. All of these weapons have already been used in massive killing; so by banning guns will not alleviate the problem as anyone who plans on killing will do so by other means.
Any gun in the hands of someone who is mentally deranged, criminal, or has been radicalized can become a recipe for disaster. So, the issue here is not to target guns, but to the ills of society-communicating to others, addressing mental health issues, monitoring youth's activities such as movies, video games, and internet use along with social media. Other people can influence others on social media platforms and even excessive use of social media has been known to lead to depression. Parents and community leaders must become more pro-active with social problems.
Legislatively, more has to be done to strengthen background checks in the states and to keep guns out of the hands of the youth. However, regardless of how strong the laws are, there will always be individuals who will be able to buy guns on the black market or steal them from gun owners. So, regulations may help, but not solve the problem.
They only way that we can guarantee our safety whether it be at the workplace, school, or any public place is to "Carry a Firearm". This is our right guaranteed under the second amendment in the constitution, and it is there for a purpose. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Whether it is a school, work place, or any public place, cameras or even security officers cannot always prevent the problem, but I believe that adding metal detectors at main entrances of school will diminish if not end the problem. Many school districts across the nation employ resource officers so that we can use their expertise in coordinating the detectors so that no one will pass through with a weapon and if they do, the resource officer will be equipped to remedy the situation. Costs can be born by grants or donations from philanthropic foundations so that local taxpayers will not be required to foot the bill. The bottom line is students should not be carrying weapons of any kind into a school and to that end, we as a society must practice personal responsibility with parental responsibility at the forefront of the gun debate.