Yes, Sebe. Dawgs can bring down the evil doers. But in all seriousness, Why might we not have K-9 patrols instead of armed cops roaming around the school camupus. I doubt a deranged untrained gunman could actually take down 6 or 7 charging german shepherds. He might get one or two but I think a pack attack, or code blue, just might do the trick even if the idiot had an assualt weapon.
I'm thinking that it might be more expensive to have dogs on patrol (trainers/handlers, transport or maintenance of dogs on site, etc.) than just having a few armed LE. I saw a news article yesterday which said they may soon have armed JANITORS in Montpelier, Ohio confronting potential/actual perpetators on school grounds. See:
Armed and dangerous. Clint Eastwood with a scrub bucket. Make his day. What is this world coming to?
...and here's a article which discusses school districts around the country that are now planning to hire armed security staff:
The closest thing, and this is very hard for me to say, is that trained armed guards in the schools may be part of the solution. Along with bans of mega round carrying magazines, and EXTENSIVE background checks on gun buyers. And...SHUT DOWN THE GUN SHOWS. A misnomer if there ever was one. KILLING SHOWS would be more appropriate.
How can you trust a person with tobacco spit running down his chin and two teeth to do a proper background check?
It's not possible. Even if TOT wants the job.
I knew someone years ago who purchased a rifle at a gun show, and he said the guy who sold it to him could have eaten an ear of corn through a picket fence.....
Saw this on Fox News last night at 10.
Less then 3% of crimes with guns involved assault rifles.
Less then 2% of crimes with guns used more then 3 bullets.
Less the 1% of crimes with guns involved legal guns or owners.
So what are the new ban on assault rifles, high capacity magazines, and registration and back ground checks going to do?
I do agree that ALL weapons sold should have a back ground check attached to them. A special license for assault weapons and high capacity magazines should exists.
Back ground checks are a must.
Golfy: I agree with all of your recommendations. On the stats - what they don't closely look at are the crimes that are bringing "gun control" to the forefront of the national discussion: the mass murders of groups of people or students/children in a closed setting. Those are the crimes that have everybody up-in-arms, and those are the crimes that are the focus of "gun control" now.
I don't recall any of those mass murders being committed by somebody armed solely with a .38 revolver, or an axe, or a switchblade knife. What comes to mind is the heavily-armed-with-automatic-weapons-and-high-capacity-magazines "criminal" gunning down people in a movie theater or in a classroom. THAT's what nobody wants to see again. It's true - that particular crime comprises probably .00001% of all crimes committed with firearms. But when they are of such high profile, and they happen again and again and again - eventually a society reaches the tipping point. IMHO - the slaughter of those small children at Sandy Hook Elementary School was that tipping point.
We will undoubtedly enact a whole slew of "gun control" laws and measures which will obliquely affect the entire gun-toting population with the intent on preventing incidents which comprise only .00001% of all gun-related crimes.
And I can't say I disagree with that.
NEWS FLASH: Believe it or not, now we have the "conspiracy theorists" claiming that those children were murdered in order to "to push a government agenda. In this case, that agenda is making the U.S. public afraid so that they'll be more dependent on government, as well as forcing a referendum on gun control."
I wonder if there is a "grassy knoll" in the vicinity of Sandy Hook Elementary?
I wonder if we'll hear from her again. I guess I gave her a pretty hard time on the conspiracies. My bad.
Same thing with gun shows. None should be sold without registration and back ground checks. Some states already have this going on and have been for years.
Funny thing about the conspiracy theory. That thought crossed my mind too. Hmmm. Could it be? Who knows.
I say, if you have been convicted of a violent crime (DV, rape, armed robbery, etc) then you should not be allowed to carry. As the law stands, you can carry but not concealed.
Speaking of gun shows, check this one out: