Some Follow-Up Thoughts, Thanks To The NRA

Wayne LaPierre of the NRA called a “news conference” today (where he took no questions). He blamed mass shootings on mental illness, media coverage, and “gun-free” zones. He also called for armed guards at schools.

Even though some commentators dismissed the call for armed guards, some citing the possibility of kids and faculty getting caught in crossfire, I think that placing guards in schools is a good idea. I also think that implementing point hardening of schools is a good idea. Some high schools already have security officers.

In general, I think NRA President LaPierre is probably a little nuts. He has claimed repeatedly that Obama has some secret plan to eliminate all firearms (while providing no evidence to back up these wild-eyed claims; where I come from, that’s called “bullshit”).

LaPierre said “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. Factually, this isn’t really true. You can deny the bad guy a gun, maybe. You layer your defenses to minimize the ability of the bad guy to arm himself, to get to where he wants to attack, and to get into the place.

It would obviously cost significant money to implement and maintain guards and security measures. Maybe weapons and ammo could be taxed to raise the money for the guards and hardening.

Regardless, as I’ve said before, I don’t think that it is possible in a free society to be completely free of the risk of attack. Bad guys have used guns, edged weapons, cars, airplanes, and explosives at various times. Our freedom of movement means freedom of attack as well.

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