So much for the NRAs grand idea to spend taxpayer money on armed guards at every school in America. Today a 16 year old walked into a classroom with a 12 gauge shotgun and started firing. Taft Union High School in Taft, CA employed an armed guard, but he didn’t stop the shooter. He was “snowed in.”
Words, not a “good guy with a gun,” stopped this would be killer. A brave teacher and a campus supervisor were able to talk the shooter into surrendering his weapon. One teacher had a minor pellet wound, but a student was shot in the chest and is now in critical condition.
Perhaps the NRA would like to explain how armed guards protect kids when they’re not present. Or in the bathroom. Or otherwise occupied. What if the police officer is called away to other emergencies? By not addressing the root issue: the ease in which anyone can acquire firearms, we are left to ponder these loopholes in the NRAs plan.
The NRA is fond of the argument, “criminals will always find a way to kill,” to defend their position of unlimited access to guns. Background checks? Criminals will buy on the black market. Magazine limits? They’ll just reload. Assault weapons bans? They’ll just use another weapon? Because gun rights advocates ideas do not solve all violence they are worthless, according to the NRA. Perfect has become the enemy of good, or in this case the excuse for inaction.
I wonder how the NRA will respond now that their own idea’s weakness has been exposed.