School's "Zero Tolerance" Does "Zero Good"

If there’s anything the Virginia Tech massacre and Sandy Hook school shooting taught us, it is is that crazed killers will kill no matter what restrictions we put on weapons. If they want a gun, they’ll get a gun. And if they don’t want to use a gun, then they’ll get two kitchen knives, as we saw in Wednesday’s stabbings in a Pittsburgh-area high school.

These are tragedies without dispute or equal, but slapping more draconian anti-gun laws on Americans is not the solution, although that's exactly what liberals will do. Just wait. They'll mourn the failure of the system: The child was loved too much or not enough. The child had easy access to weapons. The child was bullied. The child played violent video games...

Schools initiate "zero-tolerance" policies on threats and weaponry, but these blanket rules end up becoming ironic jokes. Early this month, a 10-year-old boy was joking with his friends in a science classroom when he made an imaginary gun with his finger and pointed it at a friend's head. Everyone laughed, except the teacher, who hauled him out. The boy was suspended for making a "Level 2 Look-a-like Gun." Compare it to the kinds of games some of us played as children. Pretend shooting was a rite of passage for boys my age. It makes me wonder what kids even do for fun today.

Meanwhile, these liberals force Congress to chase their tails for expensive bills that cost millions and do no good. Gun restrictions only restrict those wanting to purchase them legally, not delusional mad men. Delusional people tend to be resourceful, and no impassioned speech by President Obama is going to stop them. In fact, I can't help but wonder what would have happened had an armed guard or officer (or even a teacher) been onsite during these tragedies. A responsibly-armed citizen could have turned those tragedies that happened into tragedies that ALMOST-happened.

Posted by TimBean at April 10, 2014 3:12 PM
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If there’s anything the Virginia Tech massacre and Sandy Hook school shooting taught us, it is is that crazed killers will kill no matter what restrictions we put on weapons. If they want a gun, they’ll get a gun. And if they don’t want to use a gun, then they’ll get two kitchen knives, as we saw in Wednesday’s stabbings in a Pittsburgh-area high school.

Last time I checked, Alex Hribal didn’t kill anyone. This wouldn’t have been the case if he wielded a gun instead of knives.

Delusional people tend to be resourceful
Except when they are not (see Hribal, Alex or Odgren, John in my case). When I was in high school, a fatal stabbing occurred right across the hall from where I was studying. I owe my life to gun control laws that kept my crazy classmate from wielding a gun rather than knife. You never heard about my high school in the news because this was a tragedy that ALMOST-happened and it was all due to gun control. Posted by: Warren Porter at April 11, 2014 7:15 PM
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It has been stated earlier on W.B when discussing gun restrictions, that if a person is intent on causing harm on another person or persons they will find an alternate way if guns are not available. Guns are NOT the problem PEOPLE are. Gun control Laws can be enacted but if a person wants to kill he/she will find a way.

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at April 11, 2014 7:16 PM
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Oh, come on! If the student had been wielding two handguns with high capacity magazines, the carnage would have been much worse. A gun is not more lethal than a knife?

As for Virginia Tech, if Virginia had been participating in the federal registry, his legal mental health status would have prevented him from purchasing the weapon resulting in the multiple deaths. The state reversed its policy shortly thereafter. Certainly, he would not have been able to obtain the weapon with the ease that he did.

As for the assertion that armed guards or armed teachers could have prevented the tragedy, you need to review the testimony of the witnesses and victims. It happened fast, unexpectedly and in a crowded hallway. Before anyone realized what was happening, he had stabbed multiple students. If he had had a gun(s) he would have been able to unload multiple magazines into the crowd of students. By the way, there was a armed police officer at the school that eventually helped subdue the student after a teacher tackled the student.

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