While I understand and feel for all Americans in finding solutions to end the needless loss of life that takes place at our schools and public areas, I find it strange that so many immediately want to outlaw the tool as opposed to identifying the people and preventing the people from having access to ANY tools. I am a subject matter expert and consultant for Higher Education and I interact with different governement agencies, local law enforcement, and special interest groups all the time. I am educated and studied on this topic so please know that when I say banning guns will have NO impact, I know a little something about it. We've had countless lives lost at schools since before our country declared it's independence with the Enoch Brown School Massacre where the teacher and most children where killed and scalped with 2 children who were scalped survived. Moving on to the late 20's, we had another horrible example of man's insanity with the Bath School Massacre where the killer used dynamite to blow up the school killing 38 children and teachers and injuring 2. Then more death and destruction was localized to specific incidents till the fateful day Charles Whitman used a 3 round bolt action rifle to kill 17 and wound another 32 before being killed himself. Fast forward a couple decades and you'll see numerous kids killing kids at school till the worst offense being Columbine High. There, the two shooters planned for a year to blow up the school using improvised explosives and gasoline and use guns to "pick off" the stragglers. The only thing that helped slow down the death rate was the Sheriff who was hired as the school safety officer who confronted and exchanged gun fire with one shooter till the shooters weapon malfunctioned and he ditched it and ran. Otherwise many more lives could have been lost had it not been for that single officer keeping the attention of 1 of the two shooters.
So what's my point? The simle answer is like or hate guns is your choice as a person and American. However, whether or not they help to either stop or slow the death rate is a fact. The Oregon Mall shooting where the shooter started killing indescriminately, only stopped when a civilian who was armed and had a CCW confronted the shooter causing him to stop his rampage and commit suicide. No one hears about the civilian because it doesn't fit the agenda of anti-"Assault Rifle" rhetoric. The civilian didn't fire a single round because as any good gun owner will admit to, you don't fire unless you can ensure the area is clear including the area behind the target in case you miss or the round penetrates through. The civilian didn't fire because people were behind the shooter and he didn't want to accidentally hit someone. Everyone screams justice when things like Sandy Hook or Aurora Theater happen but even in those cases, the school considered armed guards and dismissed it as unnecessary until after the tragedy and now they have them. The theater made it policy to be a gun free zone and no concealed carry even by legal CCW holders.
The real challenge isn't stopping the death, its slowing down the number of lives lost. Don't believe me, ask any Secret Service Agent how to stop someone from killing another. They will admit there is no way to stop a truly motivated person from getting off a shot, they just hope to take the round before it reaches its intended target. So why would anyone think otherwise with anything else? There are always going to be madmen who want to be famous. Our role as consultants is not to stop it, but to reduce the amount of lives lost and delay the shooter long enough till police arrive to stop them. THAT'S IT PEOPLE! We can't stop them, we can't reason with the insane, we can't plead with them, we have to delay them. How we do that is by employing multiple solutions like CCTV, access control, mass notification, and yes, even armed guards. The real question is, if facing an armed gunman and standing between him and the many school kids behind, would you rather be armed with a gun, or harsh words and pleas for mercy? Everyone is so focused on gun control but here is the harsh reality about gun control, there are 65 Million guns already in circulation in the USA already. ANY new gun law won't touch the existing guns. 3/4 of all school related shootings involve children too young to buy a gun or ammo, yet they got their hands on them from neighbors, family members, or friends. 3/4 of all school related shootings...children. Let that sink in. What are more bans, laws, and regulations going to stop that the existing laws don't already prevent? Its illegal to murder, kill, maim, assault already, yet no one cares about those laws when they opt to pick up a firearm and kill do they. The best answer is not to focus on the silly TYPE of firearm like the AR style but to implement changes that would make a difference. I am a gun owner, I own multiple firearms and all are registered. I use them only for target practice and I am a father. My firearms are all locked securely in a DOJ approved gun safe and ONLY I have the combination. They aren't intended for protection, neither I nor my wife need to use a gun for that since both are extremely able to use our extensive knowledge of Krav Maga to effortlessly stop anyone entering our home without waking our child. I own them for the pure enjoyment of firing them at a range with friends and family. I do own an AR style weapon and please understand, its as much an "Assault Rifle" as your clothes are Battle Dress Uniforms (BDU's). Meaning, just because the clothes you wear cover your body and keep you warm, they aren't the same as the military BDU any more than the single shot Semi-auto rifle I own is the same as a military M-16A4. Just like your clothes, my rifle fires a similar round but it doesn't shoot bursts, nor does it meet the criteria for military use. So please stop calling it an "Assault Rifle". The media has helped perpetuate the error and its time it stopped for real facts.
So what can you do to help miminize the death toll, simple...there are two things you all can do that WILL have a major impact on even the 65 million guns in circulation. Require all gun owners to securely store their firearms in a DOJ approved gun Safe and penalize all gun owners whose weapons aren't and are used in a crime by having them punished as an accessory to the crime. Gun owners would all go to great lengths to lock up their firearms and stop putting them on display or under their pillow or bed. They woud fear getting their weapons stolen or taken and they be put in jail. You'd see hundreds of thousands of people get rid of their weapons because they don't want to take the chance of being punished and those that do chose to keep their weapons like me, will go to great lengths to ensure they are secure. Obviously people who own guns and had them locked up can still have them stolen by a guy with a cutting torch, but police will be called and they will be excused.
The bottom line is please stop thinking that gun control is the answer. The Department of Justice presented information that the previous gun ban that included "assault rifles" had ZERO impact on changing the death toll or slowing the murder rate for crimes that involve guns. THey claim that most gun related crimes happen with a small caliber handgun anyways, not a so called "assault rifle". Yet no legislation impacts hangun or even shotgun ownership. Remember, the OC Shooter who stole his parents shotgun and killed 3 before committing suicide? Maybe you'll remember the Taft High School where the young boy carried his father's chotgun to class and shot a classmate. Stop focusing on pointless laws and redirect your attention to laws that will have an impact. Whining about the AR style semi-auto rifles is like complaining that spoons make you fat or pencils helped you fail a test. Its about time that even my anti-gun American brothers and sisters stop to do a little research themselves and perform some Self Education and stop relying on the media to make your decisions for you or at worst, let the media and politicians push your opinion. Look at the facts, look at the information, look at past laws and their failure. Stop being a sheep and start being an intelligent American voter. We ALL can help stop the loss of thousands of lives, and as for the insane losers who wish to bring death to make a name for themselves...they will always be present, but we have to find them and Identify them not take a tool out of their arsenal. Columbine, Bath, and even Aurora used explosives as a primary method of destruction, if we take guns away, they move to another like knives or home made explosives. Good choice...but I'd rather find them before they commit the act of terror and do something about them. Seems a far cry better than taking the guns away then wondering why they used explosives and killed so many innocent lives again.
Please, be smart...I'm not suggesting you change your views, just understand that armed security HAS proven time and again that they can slow or sometimes stop the loss of life until police arrive. Its not an opinion, its fact. You can chose to arm or not to arm but that's your choice. Guns can be used to help delay the loss of life and there is no refuting that unless you also think kicking a dead horse is productive. Be smart and think...to many of our country's people prefer to let the media and politicians think for them.