Think about it. What is the purpose of a gun? Gun proponents will say the bad guys already have them anyway, so we all need to have access to protect ourselves and prevent more crime. Really? Tell me how many of the other students in that classroom today had a gun to protect themselves.And in the third short paragraph, she makes our argument for us. The answer is "none," lady. Hence the problem. And the government-paid teachers, who are there in lieu of adults? Oh, they were a BIIIIG help...
Since there was no lock, the people in the teachers lounge moved a piano in front of the door do try and keep the shooter out. “It was pretty scary. I’m still a little shaken up.”Yeah, I'm sure glad none of those people were armed. Somebody could have been hurt!
But it gets better.
Ah, let's not forget the Second Amendment! You do realize the right to bear arms was originally written so the common man could defend himself against the government's attempts to seize his house, right?Yes. Yes, we do.
Well guess what? Now the government has nukes, automatic weapons and sniper rifles. If it just came down to a battle of arms between you and the government, you are not going to win that one. It would be like playing road chicken with a tank. You lose, Gun Jockey!You say this like it's a good thing. But tell me: Do you really expect the government to deploy nukes when it wants to take your house? Because even I have more faith in our would-be masters than that.
Another argument for guns is the sport. "Oh, we don't want to kill people, we want to shoot at animals and maybe tin cans on a fence". --- You want to keep tiny, discreet killing machines readily available to the public so you can practice your aim. Use a water gun! Use a pop gun! Take up jogging! Your weekend fun doesn't justify parents losing their children to psychotic gunmen when we send them off to school.You're aware, I presume, that psychotics will always be with us, even if you pushed your magic button and all the guns "available to the public" disappeared? All you're doing is trying to ensure that the biggest, strongest psychotics are in charge.
See, here's the deal. The latest meme of the anti-gun crowd is that we "live in fear," and so we cling to our phallic "killing machines" in an insane attempt to make ourselves feel better. I think it was L. Neil Smith who rhetorically asked, "Who's crazier? The person who thinks a gun is a penis, or the person who wants to take everybody else's penis away?"
The lady who wrote this drivel apparently lives in Chicago, so I'm certainly not going to suggest that I live in a more dangerous environment than she does. In terms of predation, I don't. But there are predators here, albeit four-legged ones, and some of them are bigger and stronger than I am. Yet I don't fear them.
She probably doesn't want to know why.
H/T to Mike at Sipsey Street, who has a slightly different answer.
*Naw, not really. I think they're cute. And useful! Seriously! If you and a hoplophobe are being chased by a bear, all you need to do is kneecap the hoplophobe and make your escape!