By John Cappelletti
I am a retired teacher who does not agree with President Trump’s proposal to equip teachers with guns and echoing the NRA’s position that “The only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
But if the government is going to equip teachers with guns to prevent tragedies like the one in Florida on Valentine’s Day 2018 which was the 18th gun-related incident on school grounds this year, it must equip workers in other professions to prevent more tragedies in places where large groups congregate.
For example, if you’ve seen “The Godfather,” you know that hospitals are not necessarily safe. Shouldn’t the government require all doctors and nurses to have a Glock at their hips? And since we’ve had shootings in churches, shouldn’t priests, ministers, rabbis and imams display small handguns around their necks like pendants? Workers in government buildings like the post office in Edmond, OK, should have guns as well as those who work in shopping centers, theaters and concert halls, restaurants and sporting events like the Super Bowl and the World Series. Maybe the players could carry guns as part of their uniform. Think Tom Brady. Then James Brady.
And what about train and bus drivers? If you’ve seen “The Taking of Pelham 123” about a gunman who seizes a subway train you know they need guns. Maybe if bus drivers had guns, passengers, with a hot coffee in one hand and a phone in the other, wouldn’t eat or drink on a bumpy bus as if it were a mobile coffee shop.
According to the NRA, just about everybody in America should carry a gun. Not necessarily an AR-15 because that weapon could be cumbersome. Unless it rode shotgun next to an infant in a baby carriage. And what about blind people? Shouldn’t they be allowed to carry guns? After all, we Americans live in a dangerous place. No one is safe. And there are no superheroes of any color to watch out for us, our children or our seniors. We all live in one state, the state of fear. That’s why some states allow blind people to carry guns.
Since our government wouldn’t be American if it didn’t equip its leaders with “arms” as they are referred to in the Second Amendment, which is so frequently misinterpreted, I suggest we arm all members of the White House, Senate, House of Representatives and Supreme Court with the arms our Founding Fathers used.
Muskets may not be automatic but with so many leaders being non-partisan as they fire their single-shot musket simultaneously, DC will sound like Las Vegas. Or Orlando. Or Virginia Tech. Or Luby’s Cafeteria. Or Sandy Hook Elementary School. Or Sutherland Springs Church. Or San Ysidro McDonald’s. Or the University of Texas. Or Stoneman Douglas High School. Or San Bernardino. Or Columbine High School. Or Binghamton. Or Camden. Or Wilkes-Barre. Or the Fort Hood military base. Or the Washington Navy Yard. Or Geneva County. Or Atlanta. Or Red Lake. Or Umpqua Community College. Or the Edmond, OK post office. Or the movie theater in Aurora where a superhero on screen was defending the people of Gotham while the people in the theater were shot to death.
Unfortunately, superheroes on screens or in comic books are not real. The only way we will see real superheroes is if Congress follows the examples of Australia and the U.K. by buying back all guns and making gun ownership illegal. The only people legally allowed to use guns, besides hunters who eat what they kill by using an old-fashioned rifle, should be those who belong to “a well-regulated militia” such as the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, FBI and Police.
But I’m afraid that members of Congress are more concerned with keeping their jobs than doing them. So it’s unlikely that Americans will have the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” anytime soon. But if you’d enjoy hearing more of those Congressional “thoughts and prayers” for Americans killed by gunfire, you won’t have to wait very long.
According to the CDC, firearms were the cause of 38,658 deaths in the 12 months of 2016 or 106 per day. If you want a stat update, you might have to wait a year or two. If you live that long. Are you listening, Congress? Better start that thinking and praying BS.