Immediately after the horrific shooting in Florida, the cry went up for new gun laws. The problem with that is that there is no new law that could have prevented the shooting from happening. Instead of turning to the government to come up with a fix-it-all plan for mentally deranged or challenged shooters, there is another alternative. It is time for a little introspection as a society to see what can be accomplished at the grass-roots level and not by the government. Remember, if you want government help real bad, you will get real bad help.
As Written and Reported By David French for the National Review:
It is the responsibility of a free people to be aware, to have courage, and to care for one another.
The United States is facing a puzzling paradox. Even as gun crime has plunged precipitously from the terrible highs of the early 1990s, mass shootings have increased. Consider this: 15 of the 20 worst mass shootings in U.S. history have occurred since the Columbine school shooting in 1999. The five worst have all occurred since 2007, and three of those five were in 2016 and 2017.
It’s horrifying, and governmental solutions are hard to find. Twitter’s fondest wishes to the contrary, the unique characteristics of mass shootings mean that they often escape the reach of public policy. The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler (hardly an NRA apologist) famously fact-checked Marco Rubio’s assertion that new gun laws wouldn’t have prevented any recent mass shootings and declared it true. Time and again, existing laws failed, or no proposed new gun-control law would have prevented the purchase.
The reason is obvious. Mass shootings are among the most premeditated of crimes, often planned months in advance. The shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School reportedly wore a gas mask, carried smoke grenades, and set off the fire alarm so that students would pour out into the…..
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