McClaughry: The Uvalde shooting

By John McClaughry

The horrible school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, has brought forth impassioned demands to “do something.” But as Sen. Ted Cruz pointed out, the people making the demands rarely if ever have any idea what to do that would sharply reduce such shootings.

Nineteen children and two teachers died during a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The event has many politicians calling for new federal gun control legislation.

Four years ago, after the Parkland high school shooting in Florida, I devoted a column to this subject. Let me quote: “Passing more laws aimed at further restricting firearms ownership offers little prospect of preventing more gun violence, and it threatens the constitutionally protected right of self defense by law abiding citizens.”

“Schools need to make it difficult for an armed assault to succeed, stamp out bullying and by well-conceived interventions — of which I described three examples — provide the support that potentially dangerous youths badly need.

And finally, the institutions of civil society need to multiply their efforts to help disturbed, alienated and hopeless young people overcome their demons while their lives can still be turned around.”

What we’re seeing now is not so much a search for effective solutions but a political campaign by Democrats to make people believe that those awful Republicans are blocking a solution — without explaining just what solution holds any promise at all of preventing the next shooting.

Americans have a constitutional right to own firearms for self defense, and there are over 300 million firearms floating around the United States. Now, let’s examine real world solutions.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.

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5 thoughts on “McClaughry: The Uvalde shooting

  1. If the cops had done the right thing, that being, going in and apprehending the perp. We would not be having these conversation.
    The fault is with the various cops there and the person who left the school unlocked for anyone to enter. Parents of all shapes and sizes were begging cops to do or let them in to do their job for them. What did they do, handcuff parents and tazer some too. How do we know ity was unlocked? A mother of 2 girls ran around back and got her kids. Remember in Parkland the cops just standing around and the later court case where it was said and decided that cops have no duty to protect those NOT in custody. What is the point of any cops if they do not protect the public, Money generation?

  2. Turkey established gun control in 1911. Soon after, 1.5 million Armenians unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

    The Soviet Union established gun control in 1929. Soon after, about 20 million dissidents unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

    China established gun control in 1935. Soon after, 20 million political dissidents unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

    Germany established gun control in 1938. Soon after, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

    Cambodia established gun control in 1956. Soon after, one million people unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

    Guatemala established gun control in 1964. Soon after, 100,000 Mayan Indians unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

    Uganda established gun control in 1970. Soon after, 300,000 Christians unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

    Austrellia established gun control in 1996. Right now, Australian citizens are being brutalized and terrorized by their tyrannical government.

    Venezuela established Desarma La Violencia to disarm citizens in 2010. Once one of the richest countries in Latin America, Venezuela is currently free falling into violent unrest and extreme poverty.

    New Zealand expanded gun control in 2019. Right now, New Zealand citizens are being brutalized and terrorized by their tyrannical government.

    Canada expanded gun control in 2020. Right now, Canadian citizens are being brutalized and terrorized by their tyrannical government.


  3. Some “real world” solutions:
    Our money is protected by armed guards in banks. Our nuclear power plants are protected by armed security forces. College campuses have their own armed police units. Elitist Hollywood stars and elected officials are protected by armed security even while attending anti-gun rallies. Are our children somehow less worthy of such protection as they spend most of their waking hours in “gun free” public schools? Law enforcement (if they are available) responds only after the 911 call is made…and that can be too late to save a life. School staff should be given opportunity to volunteer to be trained, armed, and ready to respond to anyone that would threaten the children in public schools. THAT’S PROTECTING THE SCHOOL CHILDREN!

    Mental health information needs to be included in the database that is accessed when doing background checks on individuals wishing to purchase firearms. Authorities must be conscientious in providing current and accurate information to that database. Law enforcement must follow up on every reported potential threat. THAT’S PROTECTING THE SCHOOL CHILDREN!

    One issue that has been overshadowed by the opioid drug crisis is that an overwhelming number of school shootings have been linked to the use of psychotropic drugs. (See the link below. It’s an older posting but still relevant)

    Too often, drugs are prescribed to make some children more “manageable” because care providers and others may lack necessary skills to deal effectively with the problems. Parents, care providers, and psychologists must end the proliferation of prescriptions that transform children into zombies and can present adverse after-effects in their later years. THAT’S PROTECTING THE SCHOOL CHILDREN!

    This administration has exploited every possible shooting incident in order to further its anti-gun agenda with blatant disregard for the Constitution. Restrictions on Second Amendment rights signed into law by Governors in states like New York, California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts accomplish absolutely nothing in preventing violence as happened in Buffalo and Texas. Gun laws are only effective when they are duly and properly enforced, and there are plenty of gun laws at the federal level that just aren’t being duly enforced. To verify this truth, one needs only to look to Chicago. This city has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. Yet, “mass shootings” involving children are a regular occurrence there and actual prosecutions for violating federal gun laws are only performed in a small percentage of cases. Criminals pay no attention to laws of any kind, that’s why they’re called criminals. Restrictions on firearms ownership infringes on the ability of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves against those for whom laws are irrelevant.

    Whatever your opinion of NRA’s Wayne LaPierre, he was absolutely correct when he stated, “…the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” I am a husband, a father of five, a grandfather of eight, a Life Member of the NRA, and I’m one of those “good guys”. I will defend and protect my home, my children, my grandchildren, and my country with the freedoms granted me by the Constitution. I am not a subject of any government. I am a law-abiding free American citizen protected by the Bill of Rights which includes the Second Amendment. I resent anyone labeling me as some sort of radical, especially the biased media and elected representatives who have sworn to “.…support and defend the Constitution of the United States…”. Come November and beyond, I will vote accordingly and would urge everyone else to do the same.

  4. This like most mass shootings was a failure of those in charge of security. Like
    the Broward Coward cops in Fla. the cops in Uvalde had 12 mins to take the suspect
    down outside the school and failed to do so, then were content to confine him to one
    room/building and left him there for over 1hr while cuffing parents who tried to get in
    side to save their kids. It took a off duty Border patrol agent with
    balls to go in and take him out. Most mass shooting suspects have been known to the FBi who failed in their duty to stop them before they did harm. This was another
    troubled trans youth who are being groomed by the left who don’t want to accept

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