Posted by: reformedmusings | February 9, 2013

We know how to stop mass murders in schools

Guns are our friends because in a country without guns, I’m what’s known as “prey.” All females are.” – Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter wrote a brilliant piece entitled We Know How to Stop School Shootings. She nails it. Citing a study by William Landis and John Lott, Jr., she summarizes:

Landes and Lott examined many of the very policies being proposed right now in response to the Connecticut massacre: waiting periods and background checks for guns, the death penalty and increased penalties for committing a crime with a gun.

None of these policies had any effect on the frequency of, or carnage from, multiple-victim shootings. (I note that they did not look at reforming our lax mental health laws, presumably because the ACLU is working to keep dangerous nuts on the street in all 50 states.)

Only one public policy has ever been shown to reduce the death rate from such crimes: concealed-carry laws.

I’ve posted on this exact subject previously. I cited Israel, Utah, Texas, et al, as examples of where armed citizens, including teachers and school staff, have stopped psychopaths from murdering our children. Put succinctly:

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Sandy Hook tragically showed again which of these signs has no effect on murderous psychopaths. Yet, that’s the sign that Obama, Biden, Bloomberg, Feinstein, et al, want to continue using. Didn’t Albert Einstein define insanity as doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results?

The liberal media goes out of their way to hide the effective use of firearms in self-defense or defense of others. About the same time as violation of Sandy Hook’s gun-free zone, another psychopath tried to execute a mass murder at a mall in Clackamath, OR. He was stopped by a legally-armed citizen who didn’t even have to shoot:

Imagine that – a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun. And what about the armed guard in Atlanta who stopped another murderous psychopath? Here’s the one-line summary:

A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said.

Later in the article:

The armed resource officer who took the gun away was off-duty and at the school, but police didn’t release details on him or whether he is regularly at Price. Since 20 children and six adults were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December, calls for armed officers in every school have resonated across the country.

Well, to be fair, it has only resonated with people smart enough to see that gun-free zones are simply psychopathic-killer-enabling zones and actually care about solving the issue rather than pursuing failed personal agendas. 26 dead in a gun-free school in Newtown, CT, but only one student shot when an armed citizen was present to intervene in Atlanta, GA.

There’s an excellent discussion of armed citizen intervention incidents here, with a lot of helpful links.

Again from Ann Coulter, this time on an infamous Mother Jones “study” that tailored the data to support the lie of gun control:

The magazine reaches its conclusion by simply excluding all cases where an armed civilian stopped the shooter: They looked only at public shootings where four or more people were killed, i.e., the ones where the shooter wasn’t stopped.

If we care about reducing the number of people killed in mass shootings, shouldn’t we pay particular attention to the cases where the aspiring mass murderer was prevented from getting off more than a couple rounds?

It would be like testing the effectiveness of weed killers, but refusing to consider any cases where the weeds died.

Coulter goes on to list a number of examples where the presence of a legally-armed citizen stopped psychopaths in their tracks – Mayan Palace Theater, San Antonio, TX, Dec 2012; Winnemucca, NV, 2008; Appalachian School of Law, WV, 2002; Santee, CA, 2001; Pearl High School, Mississippi, 1997; Parker Middle School Dance, Edinboro, PA, 1998. Only 10 total killed across all these incidents due to on-site armed intervention, not counting the psychopaths.

Coulter contrasts these incidents with a similar number over the same time period – Sikh temple, Oak Creek, WI; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA; Columbine High School, Columbine, CO.; Amish school, Lancaster County, Pa.; public school, Craighead County, AR. Total murdered in these incidents with no on-site armed intervention was 60, not counting the psychopaths. Pretty stark contrast.

Once again, the evidence shows that armed citizens on scene are the primary factor in limiting deaths by psychopathic murders. That’s the only solution shown to work. Peter Ferrara puts together an excellent, must-read exposition of this fact in his article ‘Assault Weapon’ Is Just A PR Stunt Meant To Fool The Gullible. Ferrara leans heavily on John Lott, Jr.’s research as well as Dave Kopel’s, but also discusses America’s abysmal mental health system. Ferrara quotes Lott’s wisdom:

Lott adds, “The evidence should make gun control advocates pause, as all the gun bans that I have studied show that murder rates increase after the ban is enacted.”

The draconian British law nullifying self defense in that country did not end mass shootings there. In June 2010, “Derrick Bird, a taxi driver in Cumbria, shot his brother and a colleague then drove off through rural villages killing 12 people and injuring 11 more before killing himself.”

Also consider heavily gun-restrictive Norway’s massacre. Ferrara insightfully observes:

Only the above policy of arming the teachers can stop such crazed madmen. The government does not even have the power to take away guns from dangerous criminals and insane mass murderers. We can’t even stop drugs and illegal aliens from crossing the border, and drugs and illegal guns even show up in prisons. Guns will always be available to those who want to obtain them. Legally mandated helplessness by the victims and those who could protect them only results in maximum vulnerability, as at Sandy Hook Elementary.

But what do the gun control crowd want? Even fewer guns with which to stop psychopaths. This says it well:

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Only worse, it leaves an unarmed populace as prey for violent predators and psychopaths. Been there, done that. Don’t emote – think about it logically. The evidence is clear, but you won’t hear it from the liberal media or liberal politicians bent on trampling the 2nd Amendment. What happens when the country is disarmed? History teaches us that there’s only one ultimate end to gun control:

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Only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun, or a government bent on tyranny.

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