Friday, December 4, 2015

Homeland Security ala Trump

There's a real division as to how to address what can be done about the alarming rate which we have seen shootings in America, and world wide.
There have been more shooting incidents (where 4 or more people have been killed), this year thus far than there are calendar days in the year.

Some say because of lack of gun control, the wrong people can get guns.
Lots of guns and amo.
That's one side.
The NRA says guns don't kill, people kill people. 
Yeah. But a person has to first buy the gun, go and pick up the gun, load and aim it. So, this is true. Just how many freaking guns does one need anyway?

Well, let me see what the experts in the field say...

Rambo on Guns:

Donald Trump has said, soon after the Paris tragedy, and I quote:
"Had there been some guys with a gun, there would have been a shootout and probably the primary people that would have gotten whacked would have been the killers.

I work for a transit bus company, and we have had one instance of a shooting several years ago where a former student let himself into a class and shot several people, including himself. So, it's happened in my neck of the woods.
Today we were handed small pieces of print-out paper from US Department of Homeland Securty on what to do if you believe there is an active shooter in your vicinity.
Have an escape route and plan in mind
Leave your belongings behind
Keep your hands visible
Hide in an area out of the shooter's view
Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors
Silence your cell phone and/or pager
As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter

This is only a partial list, we really have to understand, this is our world, today. I'm more concerned about someone coming back to my bus and shooting me for something I've said, or done. Only this week I observed a woman acting strange and called it in. Well, it was nothing. She was homeless, and when the police officer and a security man went through the things she laid out on the bench near my bus, they found the pills she should have been taking.
The officer said to me, "They're homeless for a reason."

Charlton Heston said in a Meet the Press interview in 1997:
"There are no 'good guns'. There are no 'bad guns'. Any gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a decent person is no threat to anybody, except bad people."

Bad or good, anyone with a gun in their hands it can go off. A lot of children have been killed by other children by accident when they've found Daddy's gun.
Just saying.

Folks, let's face it. It's not the wild, wild west. You don't have gun slingers, or Marshal Dillon to come out to the street to meet those "bad men". There's no Rambo in the neighborhood. And even if a person happened to be "carrying", in a situation where people are being shot up I highly doubt someone who has three kids at home is going to pull out her hand gun from her purse and go all Rambo on their ass. Especially when they have AK 47's and pipe bombs. That's just my take on it.

How do you feel about gun control? Is it tough enough? Not tough enough to keep insane people from getting their hands on guns? What do you think?

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