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Dec 212012
 

The Hygiology Post ® Author does not basically endorse the NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s identified solutions presented today at an identified Press Conference as a way to address the Intensity of Violence Against People. He apparently called on Congress to immediately provide for armed guard police officers in every school to be armed with lethal weapons. The NRA CEO and Executive Vice President did appear to address such points (either directly or indirectly) as how some people could protect themselves in their homes when confronted with someone with a gun, apparent media and video game violence, information and his opinion regarding the apparent contribution to violence by such media and video games, the need to enforce existing laws, and a method to identify a subset of individuals that have often recently in the media been implicated in the Intensity Of Violence Against People — those identified as The Mentally Ill — via a national data base apparently to deny via background checks lethal weapons/gun sales to such people. He also presented some ideas that seemed worth pursuing that did not appear to directly involve either lethal or non lethal weapons per se that could potentially decrease both the Frequency and Intensity of Violence Against People in schools.

The NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre appeared to essentially identify a method, arming specific people in schools (“armed security”) apparently with lethal weapons, to help decrease violence in schools. He also stated : “Every school needs to put these security forces in place.”

Here is an excerpt :

“As parents, we do everything we can to keep our children safe. It is now time for us to assume responsibility for their safety at school.  The only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away … or a minute away?

Now, I can imagine the shocking headlines you’ll print tomorrow morning: ‘More guns,’ you’ll claim, ‘are the NRA’s answer to everything!’ Your implication will be that guns are evil and have no place in society, much less in our schools. But since when did the  word ‘gun’ automatically become a bad word?

A gun in the hands of a Secret Service agent protecting the President isn’t a bad word. A gun in the hands of a soldier protecting the United States isn’t a bad word. And when you hear the glass breaking in your living room at 3 a.m. and call 911, you won’t be able to pray hard enough for a gun in the hands of a good guy to get there fast enough to protect you.

So why is the idea of a gun good when it’s used to protect our President or our country or our police, but bad when it’s used to protect our children in their schools? They’re our kids. They’re our responsibility. And it’s not just our duty to protect them — it’s our right to protect them.

You know, five years ago, after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy. But what if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he had been confronted by qualified, armed security?

Will you at least admit it’s possible that 26 innocent lives might have been spared? Is that so abhorrent to you that you would rather continue to risk the alternative? Is the press and political class here in Washington so consumed by fear and hatred of the NRA and America’s gun owners that you’re willing to accept a world where real resistance to evil monsters is a lone, unarmed school principal left to surrender her life to shield the children in her care? No one — regardless of personal political prejudice — has the right to impose that sacrifice.”

Here is another excerpt :

“The budget of our local police departments are strained and resources are limited, but their dedication and courage are second to none and they can be deployed right now.
I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January.

The NRA is going to bring all of its knowledge, dedication and resources to develop a model National School Shield Emergency Response Program for every school that wants it. From armed security to building design and access control to information technology to student and teacher training, this multi-faceted program will be developed by the very best experts in their fields.”

While an apparent basically non lethal security “arming” response in schools may ultimately prove useful to oppose someone who poses an imminent threat it does not appear that such arming ought to include basically blatantly lethal weapons such as but not limited to assault weapons that Increase Intensity of Violence Against People in schools. In fact, The NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayme LaPierre did not appear to specifically address the Intensity of Violence Against People and whether or not the availability of such a semi-automatic weapon to the public that was used a week ago (Bushmaster .223 Caliber Assault Rifle with a magazine capacity to shoot 30 bullets which was reportedly the primary weapon used at the Newtown, Connecticut Shooting at an Elementary School on 12-14-2012) has Increased Intensity of Violence Against People. The NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre seemed to sidestep the issue.

The NRA CEO and Executive Vice President did not address whether or not the legal manufacture and sale worldwide of certain weapons to the public which include “assault weapons” (although he may not identify such semi-automatic weapons like the Bushmaster .223 [assault] rifle with a magazine capacity to shoot 30 bullets used a week ago an “assault weapon” ) such as the semi-automatic weapon reportedly used in the apparent Newtown, Connecticut Intense Violence Against People (mostly children in this instance) incident does enable individuals to kill and injure many people in a short amount of time (Intensity of Violence Against People). The NRA CEO and Executive Vice President did not address whether or not ceasing legal manufacture and sale of “assault weapons” in the US (And Elsewhere) to the public  such as the semi-automatic weapon reportedly used in Newtown, Connecticut a week ago could reduce Intensity of Violence Against People.

As stated previously in The Hygiology Post ®, another type of leader, The US President Barack Obama, Jr.,  no doubt is aware that powerful lobbying by such groups as the National Rifle Association have been instrumental in legal manufacture of so called assault weapons. Such assault weapon availability does appear to be a principal reason for the continued Intensity of Violence Against People. The US Leadership, collectively, has not apparently opposed the strongest relevant lobbyists such as the National Rifle Association.

As identified previously in The Hygiology Post ®, the US President, Barack Obama, Jr., apparently unfortunately has not made combatting either violence or poverty directly a priority; if he has this author has not been made aware of such a priority in the nearly past four years of his Presidency. The US President has seemed to sidestep these issues.

The Hygiology Post ® Author does basically endorse : “A Call for More Effective Prevention of Violence” published on 12/19/12 (https://curry.virginia.edu/articles/sandyhookshooting; retrieved on 12-21-2012).  This information was reportedly published “In Response to the Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School Position Statement of the Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence Endorsed by more than 100 organizations and more than 200 prevention scholars and practitioners”.

Here is an excerpt (readers are encouraged to read the entire text) :

“Nationally, the mental health needs of youth and adults are often shortchanged or neglected. That needs to change. Using much-needed federal and state funding, community-based mental health organizations should work in cooperation with local law enforcement, schools, and other key community stakeholders to create a system of community-based mental health response and threat assessment. These efforts should promote wellness as well as address mental health needs of all community members while simultaneously responding to potential threats to community safety. This initiative should include a large scale public education and awareness campaign, along with newly created channels of communication to help get services to those in need.”

The Hygiology Post ® Author does hypothesize that basically non lethal security “arming” responses in schools versus basically lethal security “arming” responses in schools may ultimately prove beneficial and encourages all interested people to pursue this avenue of discourse.  Improving the whole system of background checks and enforcement of existing laws everywhere that include all identified subsets of people — not just the identified mentally ill — would appear to be another positive and vital step in violence prevention. Additionally, “…building design and access control to information technology to student and teacher training,…developed by the very best experts in their fields.” may also be avenues (identified in this instance by the NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre today) worth pursuing to potentially decrease both the Frequency and Intensity of Violence Against People in schools and places beyond schools.

Over four decades ago I can recall my grandfather, Ralph Penna, telling me that to be able to hit the ball well and far in baseball ingredients included that I needed to “step into it and swing hard.” This is advice I now pass along to both Wayne LaPierre  and Barack Obama, Jr. and all the people so they may hit a home run against powerful lobbyists. Powerful lobbyists representing organizations like the NRA can likely be counted on to throw curve balls in attempts to have such leaders and all the people effectively bail out on and ultimately sidestep obvious life enhancing issues. Exemplary obvious life enhancing issues are those that would likely decrease public access to high capacity magazines in guns which would in turn likely decrease the Intensity of Violence Against People in schools and places beyond schools.

The Hygiology Post ® welcomes feedback from readers as to whether the articles (individually and/or collectively) help fulfill its vision and mission.

 

Louis DeCola, Jr.                                    © 2012 The Hygiology Post ®