Kristi - posted on 12/19/2012 ( 139 moms have responded )
I know how the 2nd Amendment/Right to Bear Arms debate goes. I honestly did NOT want to see this come up again after this horrific crime.
I was watching Piers Morgan on CNN tonight. He was talking to Larry Platt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America. I honestly could not believe that this guy could say what he was saying with the conviction and attitude that he had. The scary part is that there are many others who believe the same way.
Platt said that if the teachers had had guns of their own they wouldn't have been sitting there waiting to die. They could have killed him before he killed them.When Piers tried to ask him where should the teachers keep their guns, his response was people all over America carry concealed weapons. UH...hello? He said the only places in America where there is gun violence is where the good guys aren't allowed to have guns. He also tried to say that because 35 people were mass murdered in an event in another country (I can't remember which country, but it was one with way strict gun control compared to the US) that they had the same kind of gun violence as America. The interview was so incredibly outrageous! I don't know if you can watch it online or not. Obviously I'm not able to accurately or significantly describe or relate the whole interview here. He basically thinks that people who do not arm themselves are stupid and are just asking to be a victim.
Personally, I think there is a reasonable compromise for both sides. I also think that mental health issues and school safety need to take the front seat right now. However, Sandy Hook, IMO, was unavoidable. He used guns that had been legally purchased and registered by his mother with whom he lived. The school was secure. He literally had to break in in order to gain access. Maybe an armed guard on school grounds would have made a difference, maybe it would have been one more fatality but that is the only variable I can see here.
Anyways...I probably should have put this up on Moms Who Need to Vent but oh well, here it is. UGH!