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Can Massacres Like the Uvalde Shooting Be Stopped?

by Anthony Buckley

In the aftermath of the horrendous school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, many have asked whether anything can be done to stop these types of shooting. The short answer is no.

Much as we might wish otherwise, we live in a world of fallen human beings with a propensity to sin. Evil will always be with us, and there’s nothing we can do to prevent it, short of curbing our own sinful appetites and praying that others curb theirs.

Laws cannot prevent evil, they can only punish evildoers, and that is the very purpose of laws. Those who seek a way to end school shootings through the use of law and government force possess a worldview that believes that government action can prevent certain types of human behavior. But that’s completely erroneous, and attempting to use government force to prevent bad things from happening will inevitably result in more evil occurring in the Sisyphean quest to eradicate evil.

Will more gun control end massacres like this? No. Like it or not, the genie is out of the bottle. Guns have been with us for centuries and will continue to be with us for centuries. No amount of gun control is going to eliminate the existence of guns or end mass shootings. It will only punish people who had nothing to do with this shooting and make them easier victims for future killers.

Will more police in schools solve this problem? No. As more details are emerging, there are conflicting stories about whether the armed school resource officer even exchanged gunfire with the gunman. Then when police actually engaged him in the school, their actions may have directly led to deaths. According to KENS5 News:

The boy and four others hid under a table that had a tablecloth over it, which may have shielded them from the shooter’s view and saved their lives. The boy shared heartbreaking details about what happened in that room.

“When the cops came, the cop said: ‘Yell if you need help!’ And one of the persons in my class said ‘help.’ The guy overheard and he came in and shot her,” the boy said. “The cop barged into that classroom. The guy shot at the cop. And the cops started shooting.”

Even worse are the videos circulating now that show anxious parents wanting to storm the school, confront the gunman, and take back their children. Yet police cordoned off the school, handcuffed parents who tried to act, and let the gunman remain in the school for possibly up to an hour before federal agents finally formulated a plan to confront the gunman.

It’s yet another reminder that police have no duty to protect you or your loved ones from harm, and relying on police to keep you safe could cost you your life.

But while nothing can keep these shootings from happening, there are steps that can be taken to minimize their occurrence and to nip them in the bud when they do occur. But it requires people throughout our society to step up and start taking responsibility, something that a soft people used to a luxurious and hedonistic lifestyle will find difficult and displeasing.

It all comes down to taking security seriously. That means being responsible for our own security and that of our children.

We know that schools are gun-free zones that are ripe targets for killers. So the first step is to make them no longer a gun-free zone. Not every teacher is going to want to carry a gun all the time, but those who do want to carry need to be allowed to do so.

Security needs to be taken more seriously by teachers and administrators. We’ve seen how police have failed time and again, so that means private security of some sort.

We’ve also seen how pistol-armed security is overmatched by shooters with rifles, so that means arming security with rifles, preferably short-barreled rifles that can be more easily maneuvered through hallways and classrooms. And that means Congress needs to repeal the onerous legislation that hampers the sale and carrying of SBRs.

If schools aren’t willing to get serious about security, then parents need to think about not sending their children to public schools, or even sending them to school at all. Homeschooling your children will not only keep them from falling victim to school shooters, but it will also keep them safe from being brainwashed by the leftist agenda that has infiltrated our school system.

And families are going to have to get serious about their own security. Carry a gun everywhere. Pants on, gun on. You never know when you’re going to need a gun, so there’s no reason not to carry one.

Our entire society needs to reorient itself and realize that we are the first line of defense against evil. We can’t rely on others to save us, we need to learn how to save ourselves. And if we’re not willing to do what it takes to keep ourselves safe, eliminate gun-free zones, and make would-be mass killers pay for their actions immediately, we’re going to be condemned to repeat this same horror in cities across the country.

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