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11 Common Sense and Constitutional Solutions to Make Everyone Safer

11 unconventional and non-politcally correct ideas to further the discussion of real common sense solutions to safety that are at the same time Constitutional.

Not long after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, and before any official facts of the case and circumstances were known, politicians raced to form committees to further their pre-conceived agenda of disarming the public. Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff once said, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before…” apparently this philosophy continues within the White House and the Democratic party. This is troubling because any recommendations that are born out an attempt to further some other agenda will not likely be a good or common sense solution to the problem at all. In the case of Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy it became an opportunity to try to disarm citizens.

 One purpose of the 1st Amendment is a freedom of speech… primarily to ensure people can always speak out against the government. The purpose of the 2nd amendment is to ensure citizens always have the necessary tools to resist a government or any other enemy that chooses to illegally eliminate any aspect of the Constitution. Without a Constitutional Convention to overturn the 2nd Amendment, one has to assume the right to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed. Allowing an assault weapons ban is comparable to restricting someone from criticizing the government but allowing free speech on any other topic. Assault weapons in the hands of citizens are necessary to counter threats (foreign or domestic) to the Constitution equally as much as the freedom to criticize the government is necessary. There is no room for compromise on the 1st or 2nd Amendments as a restriction will defeat the primary purpose of the amendments. That means any discussion or any proposals that will infringe this right should be off the table. Making one group of citizens weaker (gun owners) does not make everyone else safer… it makes us all weaker, more vulnerable and more dependent on the government. So where does that leave us… what are some solutions that WILL actually make us all safer? Today there is a very wide array of threats we need to be concerned about while at the same time we need to respect the full intention of our Constitution. 

Now that our schools, movie theatres, and malls have shown a vulnerability worldwide, the next tragedy may not be from a local individual with a mental problem, it could be a much more sophisticated group, terrorists acting in multiple locations in a well orchestrated plan designed to make us fear each other, react emotionally and panic. Any location where there are groups of defenseless people will become a high priority on a poitential murderers list... but schools will be a particularly attractive target given the reaction they’ve seen from us on the worldwide broadcasts from Newtown.  Terrorists noticed how quickly we have allowed the emotions of this tragedy to divide us rather than unite us. Copycats have seen the publicity and attention given to the killer.  Even though our emotions are real and very painful we cannot and should not allow these emotions to move us to actions that will leave us weaker and even vulnerable than we were beforehand.  

What can we do then that makes sense?  I believe there are things we can do to make it much more difficult for copycats, mental patients or even terrorists from implementing another tragedy. Disarming citizens is not a solution that makes a lot of sense, especially in a world with an ever increasing probability that an average citizen may be called upon to step up to the plate in a time of crisis and become a hero, saving you, your neighbor or your children from enemies both foreign or domestic.

Here are some solutions that could make everyone safer:

1.) Elimination of public defense free zones. Citizens that have elected to carry concealed need to be allowed to exercise their right everywhere without restriction so that these citizens can defend themselves or their neighbors anytime the need arises. Concealed carry gun owners have already submitted to a complete background check and demonstrated skills proficiency, why should they now be deemed ineligible and restricted in defense free zone? It doesn’t make sense.

2.) Legislation such as HR-822, National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act needs to be made law. One’s Constitutional rights should not be infringed upon at the crossing of a state line.

3.) Schools need to install layers of secure access points and more secure perimeters. Classrooms need to be made secure havens able to be locked down from the inside and made impenetrable.

4.) Schools should not be defense free zones. If a teacher or other school official chooses to be responsibly prepared, they should be allowed to do so. If a certified concealed carry parent elects to carry on school grounds, why prohibit them? They too have already passed a complete background check and demonstrated skills proficiency. You never know when their services might save a life. 

5.) Educators and mental health professionals need better training in identifying troubled persons. 

6.) Troubled persons need some better venue to address their needs, not be mainstreamed to become someone else’s problem.

7.) Foreign visitors need to be better tracked and monitored.

8.) Our porous border needs to be closed.

9.) If a privately owned public gathering location (move theatres, malls etc...) choose to remain a defense free zone then they should be held to higher level of responsibility to ensure their patrons safety. (metal detectors, armed security, secure access points) Only implementation of these measures will allow a location to obtain a defense free zone staus exemption. Only then might patrons feel a bit safer when they are unarmed. 

10.) Expand the registration of prohibited individuals into a national database. Only prohibited persons are on the list. Gun dealers or private sales at gun shows can submit an inquiry into the system to see if a verifiable citizen is prohibited or not. Simple. No gun registrations lists will be required or collected. Training, safety, storage and skills certification can be administered by the NRA or similar private organization. 

11.) Remove the threat of disarming the citizenry. Politicians need to stop the rhetorical and inflammatory talk of implementing an unconstitutional gun type ban, magazine ban or similar that targets law-abiding citizens. This only serves to dilute the focus of preventing another tragedy. Less repeal of the 2nd amendment, (which would be monumentally huge mistake), politicians need to stop their seditious rhetoric. 

Are there other measures that make sense... do you have any?  

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Lucia January 31, 2013 at 03:48 PM
“How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.” ― Benjamin Disraeli
Jimmy Pursey January 31, 2013 at 03:51 PM
He's been impersonating me AND replying to himself. Patch is really bad at moderating these boards.
Fake Jimmy Pursey January 31, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Why are you lying? We run these boards. This is our territory. We will get the attention and respect we deserve. Suckers!
Fake Jimmy Pursey January 31, 2013 at 07:55 PM
I've changed my name, of course, to something more cleverer and awesome. You may now also see my multiple commentings as ME, and as Keith Levene. Way to moderate, Patch!
Rob Gianazza January 31, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Mary, I support everything that you have stated in this thread. I have one request, make up a new word, not Dogfish. They brew an awesome ale! I highly recommend their 90 Minute IPA.
Rob Gianazza January 31, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Mel, you make an excellent point. The most dangerous is in the hands of an untrained individual. It is important that young people know to properly respect firearms and to know that they are not play things. We teach students fire drills in the event of a fire, but what do we teach them about an unattended firearm? Perhaps a positive responsibility for the requested SRO's?
Rob Gianazza January 31, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Please remind me, how many wrongs does it take to make a right? I've always taught my children, "just because you can, doesn't mean you should".
Wondering January 31, 2013 at 11:26 PM
I wonder why other countries don't have nearly as many gun related deaths. I wonder if they already follow your plan.
G Jenn February 01, 2013 at 04:18 AM
WTF is going on here
Caitlyn Elizabeth February 01, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Andrew/Sockpuppet You may be the smartest person on this board. But when you get in your car, you might want to check the gas gauge, it's on the dashboard. BTW.... E stands for EMPTY..... That means you need to put more gas in the tank. The opening for the gas is on the side of the car back near the trunk. The car will run (better) that way. Dont forget to ask mommy for some of those green paper thingies to buy the gas.
Susan Balla February 01, 2013 at 09:50 PM
The one thing that is not being addressed here is the video games these kids are playing. Are they playing against other people, or are they playing alone? Just as commercials on tv have sublimininal messages could video games have the same intent. Now you mix that with a family life of parents not paying attention to their kids because they are involved with working late or involved with sports or who is wearing the next best dress. Since being a host mom to the worlds kids and have them tell me what they think of our American kids I am beginning to wonder how we look to the world as parents. We don't sit around the dinner table anymore because we are all going our own ways. There is no communication between parents and their children. You begin to wonder why did you have kids in the first place. We are told to monitor what our kids do on the computer but when one of our kids get kidnapped out of their bedrooms we wonder how could I let that happen. Parents need to talk with their kids, find out where their heads are. Yes we need to teach our kids responsibility but how far do we go. Gun safety should be taught to our kids if the parents plan on taking their kids hunting for food. I'm going out on a limb to say I am glad my husband taught me how to shoot, if a person enters my house to harm me, I have the knowledge and respect of what a gun can do. If it is his life or mine I will take his. By the way my husband is a Viet Nam vet.
Michael Gianfranceschi February 02, 2013 at 12:25 AM
I don't think that susan E is a dogfish just a dog,.... female variety if you know what i mean. Mary you are absolutely right, when liberals have nothing constructive to add they start the personal attacks. Mary, your articule was well written with many good points.
Steven DeVaux February 02, 2013 at 01:15 AM
2/75th Susan. I stressed these points a month ago but folks weren't tuned in. Most parents idea of raising kids is buying them an XBox and giving them gift cards to Game Stop. The kids come home, build a cave for a room in the basement underground and play 12 hours days there. Think about it. When did these problems start to come about? When Playstation and Xbox arrived. Cause and effect.
New Englander February 02, 2013 at 06:52 PM
This is the best and funniest comment I've read on here yet! I love how her milkshake is bringing all the old Brookfield goats to her yard!! I believe a lot of these people out here are catfish too. I think a lot are the same old republican retired goats posting under other names!! And you old goats know who you are!!!! You don't fool us!
Susan Balla February 03, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Hey Steve, thanks for backing me up and quttos to the cause and effect.
Maxx Hawke February 03, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Last Saturday I visited a local gun store, curious to potentially sell some of my weapons, which I also view as an investment. A Ridgefield dad and his 10 year old son came into the shop with a WWII Japanese rifle, inherited from his grandfather, to appraise and possibly sell. Boys being boys, he immediately gravitated to the military style semiautomatic weapons hung behind the counter. We were stunned that he knew the make and model of these weapons, no doubt well tutored through countless hours of video gaming. His WWII rifle an ancient and unglamorous artifact of the past in comparison to these modern firearms. The shop owner encouraged him and the boy’s father to preserve his grandfather’s keepsake as an investment piece. He no doubt represents a typical child in a typical suburb, schooled correctly or in-correctly to fascinate firearms. Boys will be boys, but it is our responsibility to make them responsible men. It takes a community.
Travis Bickle February 03, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Will the NRA demand armed guards at shooting ranges? http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/02/03/chris-kyle-navy-seal-dead/1887327/
Steven DeVaux February 03, 2013 at 05:15 PM
No but there have been calls for armed guards at bus stops and riding buses after the Alabama school bus kidnapping and standoff. Personally, I think they should eliminate school buses and school bus stops altogether and simply require parents to transport their children however they wish. They could rent a bus, drive themselves, carpool, whatever. That way the school system has no liability until they walk through the door which is as it should be. It might inconvienence a few parents but they will work it out. Should have been done years ago.
Steven DeVaux February 03, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Max, Isn't it amazing that the only girl to be charged to date with bringing a gun to school occurred last month in PA - the weapon? A bubble gun that shoots bubbles. The Superintendent and administrators - never ones to overreact - suspended her immediately. She was in Kindergarten.
Steven DeVaux February 03, 2013 at 05:19 PM
That's quite an assumption of yours Andrew.
Mary Davis February 03, 2013 at 06:20 PM
I came across this interesting video... I'm glad nobody took away her 2nd amendment right to defend herself. http://youtu.be/a2gCFOtaZPo
Donald Borsch Jr. February 05, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Mary Davis, Did you see this? http://youtu.be/wAYLr6u2FyY
JM February 05, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Mary, I do not think there are any proposals to ban anything the women did to protect herself in the video
Mary Davis February 05, 2013 at 10:56 PM
DBJ: Thank you for sharing.. no I hadn't seen it before. Very powerful. The only sustainable, long term solution to making people safer is to allow those that choose to exercise their 2nd amendment right and are not otherwise prohibited the ability to protect themselves with the weapons they choose, the magazine capacity they choose and do it anywhere and everywhere within the USA. Defense free zones didn't work in the cockpits on 9-11, in malls, movie theaters or schools.. why do liberals think doing more of what doesn't work will now suddenly work? (rhetorical).. because their goal is not to make us safer... what their real agenda is anyones guess.. but its not for the purpose they say it is.
Mary Davis February 05, 2013 at 11:00 PM
@JM: Not today.. but the concept of limiting law abiding citizens can and will lead to more bans. The reason why is the ban won't do anything.. and the poor results will be used for an argument that they didn't do enough.. this will continue.. and over time... will lead to a complete ban.. so I say stop it now.. before its too late.
Rob Gianazza February 06, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Mary, you do liberals a great injustice. First of all they are not stupid or foolish people. They love our country just as much as you and I do. What liberals fail to understand is why everyone doesn't think as they do. If everyone just thought that if there was no need for guns, there wouldn't be any violence. If everyone believed that paying just a few more tax dollars, we could have a more just society. If everyone just agreed that it is okay to be open about our sexuality, we wouldn't have phobias about homosexuality. By now I'm sure that you see the trend, "If only we all agreed". The failure of the liberals is that they fail to understand why we don't all agree. Their solution is to legislate everyone into agreeing. You see, if you don't agree with a liberal, you are just wrong and inferior. You are not as enlightened as they are. They CAN SEE the emperor's new clothes.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 06, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Mary, You rhetorically asked: "...why do liberals think doing more of what doesn't work will now suddenly work?" Simple answer: because it is all about emotionally-driven, feel-good intentions and not about actual, tangible results. This is the liberal mindset. http://www.perigonmedia.com/liberals-and-why-they-hate-us-the-list/
Mary Davis February 06, 2013 at 02:03 AM
@Rob @DBJ.. You are both right and I often forget to try to debate from a purely emotional perspective. It is just as difficult for me to switch to their perspective as must be for them to try to see the issue from mine. Perhaps our success will come from mounting an emotional argument that can't be countered... what to do?
Donald Borsch Jr. February 06, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Logic and common sense always trumps emotion. I will not allow the demands of the few to outweigh the needs of the many. Come write for us. Seriously. Don't make me beg publicly. Because I will. http://www.perigonmedia.com/write-for-perigon-media/
Ken February 06, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Luckily, I don't think very many people got Susan E's obscure references in her post. Unless you were following the Manti Teo story or know that there is a show on MTV with that name no one would even know what she was talking about. If it will add a bit of humor here between catfish and dogfish I'll take the Dogfish 60, please. It's a really good IPA style beer. Dogfish is a craft brewery based in DE. As far as catfish until recently I only knew it was a type of fish you can catch and it is also a fish that you need in an aquarium to help keep it clean.

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