Over the years I have always been surprised to see a man like Tom Horne get reelected over and over again to different offices. Horne, who is under investigation by the FBI, has served as our superintendent of public instruction, and is now the state’s attorney general.
In both offices, I can’t say I have been a fan of Horne, and am continually disappointed that he somehow gets voted back into office. However, my distaste for this politician grew even more last week when he decided to offer his plan to “prevent” mass shootings from occurring on school campuses in Arizona. We’ll call it a knee-jerk reaction at this point.
This plan is to train a school official, such as the principal, to use a gun. After the training, that school official would then keep the gun in a locked box to use if some emergency arises on campus.
Well, here’s the first problem with the incredibly stupid plan. How will that principal help stop a shooter if the gun is in a locked box in their office, and they are across campus in an assembly or visiting a classroom? What if they call in sick that day? You can’t really call them armed if the weapon is locked away at all times.
The second aspect of Horne’s plan is to have an alarm system established on school campuses to alert the armed principal that there is an emergency. This alarm tells this principal to run and unlock the gun and save our administrators, teachers and children.
Let’s face it, these mass shootings happen in a matter of seconds or minutes. These shootings usually have the gunmen killing themselves in the end, making them unafraid of an armed principal.
So, here’s more questions from this ridiculous idea – How much will it cost schools to install the “alert system” that warns these trained school officials to go get the gun? When precious seconds or minutes count, do you really believe this plan has been thought out by Tom Horne?
Recently, there was a shooting where 20 children died, six other innocent victims also lost their lives in Newtown, Conn., and it has the nation talking about what needs to be done to prevent it from happening again.
A response such as this one from Horne, and the one from the National Rifle Association prove we are not going to make any progress to stop or prevent them, instead we are going to keep politics alive and well in the discussions and forget what the goal is in the first place.
While I am no fan of Horne by any means, I have been somewhat impressed over the years with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. However, I was shocked he supported such a plan that just seems thrown together without clear thought.
Comparing school administrators to airline pilots is ridiculous. First, these armed pilots have the weapon within their reach, they are not on big school campuses.
Then, you have the continued argument of guns don’t kill people – people kill people. To some degree, I agree with Babeu. There are already a lot of gun laws in place, and criminals and mentally-ill people are going to keep breaking the law. However, instead of focusing on such a stupid idea, how about focusing on enforcing some of those gun laws that are in place?
In listening to debate over the need for gun reform over the last few weeks, it has been brought up that many of our gun laws are not enforced. If you don’t want new gun laws, then start effectively enforcing the ones we have, and start taking a closer look at how mentally-ill people are easily getting their hands on these weapons capable of killing so many in such a short period of time.
As one final note to the ridiculous idea to arm all schools, what the NRA and Republican lawmakers seem to be forgetting is that it does not prevent or stop the shooting at a local supermarket where a local Congresswoman is meeting with constituents, it does not prevent dozens from being killed at a midnight showing of Batman, and it doesn’t save lives at the multiple church shootings that have occurred.
The problems with guns go well beyond arming our schools.