In what is becoming all too familiar, another gun was fired in an American school. This time it was an AK47 in Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Gerogia. According to USA Today, the suspect is a white male in his 20’s and was taken into custody immediately. No injuries have been reported.
This incident comes as the national gun debate and outrage had died down, leaving the nation with no preventative solutions to tragedies such as Newtown. This also comes in the wake of a report from the sunlightfoundation.com which claims the following:
Of the 435 members of the new House, 205 – or 47 percent – received some money from the NRA during the last campaign. More than half have taken NRA money at some point in their career. Of the Senate’s 100 members, 42 received contributions this past cycle and exactly half have received contributions at some point in their career. All told, 88 percent of Republicans now in Congress have received a contribution from the NRA at some point in their career, as have 11 percent of Democrats.
An unexplainable dysfunction surrounding gun legislation, especially after Newtown, immediately becomes clear; it is always money. The man in custody brought an AK47 into an American school, a rational and well governed country would immediately put the plans into place to prevent such a thing. This should be treated as a national emergency, our leaders should not rest until they have a solution.
I’m not one of those “get rid of the guns” types, but there certainly has to be some middle ground between a ban on firearms and a man walking into a school with an assault rifle. Every time this happens, and Congress remains paralyzed by greed and cowardice, America suffers. The next time a child tragically dies by gunfire, we know whose hands will really be soiled.
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Please consider the following:
•The “AK47” rifle you mention is not an “assault rifle.” It is a semi-automatic rifle. Not fully automatic, and not the same as the kinds of rifles used by military and paramilitary forces across the specter of modern armed conflicts. Fully automatic rifles are extremely regulated in the United States and in many states completely banned. Furthermore, the term “assault rifle” is a political term, new to the public lexicon, and perpetuated to demonize firearms. Assault is a behavior. An individual can assault somebody. A gun cannot. No one calls a knife an assault knife or a rapist knife when a violent crime is committed using one.
•This article insinuates that nothing is being done to restrict guns. This is simply not true. Since Newton numerous states have passed the strictest gun control legislation this country has ever seen including CT, CO, HI, NY, and local municipalities. Further, states such as CA have been implementing sweeping confiscation programs; collecting thousands of firearms from citizens who registered their firearms and have been deems to be disqualified from owning by the state government. (Which is similar to what is being set up in NY).
•The NRA has a giant PAC. Just like the Brady Campaign. Just like “Mayors Against Illegal Guns. All PACs exist to do it make political endorsements, conduct campaign work, and fund candidates who are aligned with your agenda and goals. All organizations with PACs do this. Why not take the bias out of your article and talk about Brady PAC contributions to show how level the playing field actually is? The NRA has a strong history of compromising and supporting gun control legislation. For example, they supported the NFA of 1968. Many law abiding gun owners do not blindly follow the NRA and do not believe they are the end-all-be-all when it comes to second amendment civil rights.
•This article also suggests no one is doing anything to keep the children safe. In reality, politico has banned guns on school grounds. In other words, criminals who don’t care about laws and use guns to hurt people know and understand that schools are filled with unarmed easy targets. This has been scrutinized by many as being bad public policy.
•There is no middle ground between banning guns and a criminal walking into a school with a gun with the intent to kill innocent children and if there is there are already plenty of laws already on the book. There are laws against murder. However, bad people exist. Always have. Always will. Focusing on this solely a “gun issue” when it is a “criminal justice issue” will not lead you to solutions.
•Further, there is no middle ground between banning guns and a criminal walking into a school because the leadership in this country peddling gun control aren’t interested in compromise. They are interested in banning civilian firearm ownership and eliminating the basic human right to self defense.
•Look what happened in your home-state (NY) when politicians declare that a school shooting in CT prompts an emergency response. A law was passed with ZERO public input, potential violating social workers and other mental health professional’s client-patient confidentiality privileges and numerous other problems.
I am a social worker.
I am a licensed concealed carry permit holder.
I am a former owner of an AK47-type civilian semi-automatic rifle.
I have never been convicted of a crime and my guns have never “assaulted” anyone. However, I do rest assured knowing that should I ever need to defend my life or the life of my family that I have the means and training to do so, and do so effectively. (Within the parameters of my constitutional guaranteed birthright and my basic human right to self defense.)