Socialist goes on shooting rampage.
Unlike many people, I did not rush to the web, nor did I glue myself to the television to find out what happened at the most recent school shooting. We don't know, and can't possibly know anything for many hours after the event. But everyone rushes to the televisions and news sites to get the information before it's known, and then they have to listen to the self appointed experts tell them what they think, what they suspect, and what they would like to believe.
It was another leftist. It was not a Right Wing lunatic, and it wasn't a racist hate filled member of the Tea Party. The shooter was a Socialist, a committed member of the far left wing.
Now, I'm going to take a moment and extend the painfully obvious wish that the injured recover fully. Claire Davis is reported to be in Critical Condition as I write this, and I hope she recovers fully.
So what can we learn from this shooting? We learn the same lessons that we always learn. Words on paper are powerless. What crimes were committed?
Possession of a Firearm on school property. Federal Felony under the Brady Law. State Felony under Colorado law. Yet these words on paper did nothing to dissuade the left wing lunatic from taking a shotgun to the school.
Possession of a dangerous device. Karl Halverson Pierson possessed in addition to the Shotgun, two Molotov Cocktails which are illegal. That by the way is another Felony.
Conspiracy to commit Murder. A felony under State Law.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon. A felony at the state level.
Attempted Murder. Another Felony.
Now, I'm not a lawyer, but there is five felony charges right there. None of those words on paper did a thing to prevent this act. Not one of those words on paper were able to stop this committed Socialist from attacking his school.
It is said that the pen is mightier than the sword. No the pen is only powerful if backed up by the sword. You can write the words, but people with swords make the words have meaning.
What else did we learn? Once again, the victims and bystanders were guilty until proven innocent.
Notice that the kids are all lined up and being searched before they can leave the area. The argument for this is that the Police must make sure that one of the shooters does not escape. It is a simple and obvious application of guilty until proven innocent. Civil Rights do not go by the wayside because some left wing lunatic decides that life isn't fair. Notice everyone holding their hands up, in surrender, certainly under threat of violence by police.
So what is everyone upset about? An 18 year old bought a shotgun. Which is one of the few legal things that this kid did. However, it is illegal (part of that conspiracy charge above) if it is bought with the intention of murdering someone.
So an 18 year old leftist who had no criminal record, and was not under psychiatric care, bought a shotgun. I mean, granted, if there was ever evidence of mental instability the idea of Socialism being a good political system is one in my book. However it isn't one legally, and probably won't be under that pesky First Amendment.
So what can we do to prevent this kind of thing in the future? Let's think about that. How do we protect our most valuable national secrets? We put them behind locked doors, limit access, and station armed angry people with guns at the entrances. Nuclear Weapons are guarded by Marines, Air Security Specialists. Trained people with guns. Access to the President is restricted and everyone who goes near him must pass by and be examined by men and women with guns.
The Capital has it's own police force, people with guns protect the Congressmen and women.
The Court House has men and women with guns protecting the Judges.
There are men and women with Guns at every checkpoint where we keep things of value to the Government, or to those with the power to decide such things. Yet, at our schools, which hold our future, we want guns far away. We can't protect the school by placing people with guns there, what message would that send to the Children?
The truth of war is the truth of life. In war, you can bomb something from the air all day and night. You can turn the land into a moonscape of bomb craters. Yet, until you put a soldier on the ground, armed with a gun. You don't control that land. You can issue all the platitudes you want to about protecting the children. You can ban all the guns you want to, but until you take action to put someone with a weapon there to protect your children, then it is merely luck, fate, or the grace of God that protects them. The Bible says do not put the Lord your God to the test. By taking no action to protect the most precious things in our society, the children. We are testing the Lord and praying that He will protect them.
So Colorado will try to ban some more guns, perhaps they'll put a waiting period on the purchase of the guns. Just because the left wing Socialist bought the gun a week before he went on his rampage is no reason to think that the waiting period might not work next time. And there will be a next time, until we realize that strength and preparedness are the only ways to protect yourself, and those around you.