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- May 16, 2014
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Arrhhh yes.......... the Paxton suggestion, again; the solution to the Uvalde massacre is to turn Texas (all?) infant education facilities into fortified armories (arm teachers/administrators with the possible further extension to arm the children, themselves)!So that when evil shows up, we can deal with it ourselves if we have to, rather than depending on someone a government agent with a gun, who may or may not show up in a timely manner, and may or may not be willing to put themselves in harm's way, like the damn cowards at Uvalde:
"Three minutes after the subject entered the west building, there was a sufficient number of armed officers wearing body armor to isolate, distract, and neutralize the subject." Three minutes — just 180 seconds later — and officers were ready to go take down the shooter, prevent him from shooting any other students, and deliver aid to those who may have already been wounded. But they didn't.
"One hour, 14 minutes, and 8 seconds — that's how long the children waited, and the teachers waited, in room 111 to be rescued,"
What an thoroughly loathsome suggestion - it dishonors the worth of the lives of the beautiful children that didn't go home on that fateful day and it's a telling example of the quality of thinking by Texas officials in general and by the Texas Attorney General in particular!!
I know that you are an experienced diagnostic practitioner and that in the pursuit of solving problems - you know full well the advantages of solutions that target the cause of a fault, rather than the effect of the fault.
The Paxton style suggestion (arm the populous) focuses on the latter - and arguably it makes the former an even greater problem!! But it is perfectly aligned with the NRA mantra
If America has a problem with response times of police - then deal with that problem (as a distinct problem on it's own). Don't use the issue of response time as a despicable license to arm citizens thereby making the problem of gun violence in the community even larger!!
The stunningly obvious conclusion of Paxton based suggestions is that promoting a reliance on vigilantes (pun intended) in the community won't solve Police response times and most certainly, it won't make the problem of gun violence any better!
But Paxton is good for American gun manufacturers and for NRA membership (and it does provide a pitiful excuse for the millions of Americans who astonishingly remain silent)
PS: Plus-Under the Paxton solution and given America's litigious culture, what is the legal status of a citizen (i.e. a properly motivated vigilante) who shoots another American on the basis of a suspicion that he was a psychopath and/or drug addict?
I guess police have some protections under law if they do the same - but a citizen acting as a vigilante (even for the best of reasons) must stand alone, legally-unprotected-I would think. Under what circumstances is the shooting allowable - remembering that the alleged psychopath who is wielding a gun may have a permit?
The Paxton solution must get very messy in real life - I suspect?