Yes, this is an "opinion" piece, but this time it's from someone with skin in the game. Much different that some whako that doesn't know that gun sales are checked by federal law, or thinks that inanimate objects have a mind of their own. His point? Stop going after an inanimate object and forgetting it's the person pulling the trigger that's the problem.
My Daughter Died At Parkland. Now I Want The Media To Stop Exploiting The Tragedy
My daughter, Meadow, was murdered in the Parkland School shooting and I am appalled that the Washington Post would publish a series of articles and photos from various mass shootings in America to push a radical, dangerous agenda. For the sake of intellectual honesty, they should demonize the liberal policies that are creating these monsters and allowing these tragedies to continue.
Heavy on emotion but short on facts, the Washington Post fails to mention some of the most basic details about the crimes they featured.
Every mass killing has been carried out by a deranged and dangerous criminal. Local authorities were warned in advance that these troubled individuals were threatening violence, which is a punishable offense, yet they were never charged with a crime, put behind bars, or given meaningful treatment.
The Parkland killer had multiple incidents at school involving dangerous, threatening behavior. In fact, local law enforcement reportedly responded to the shooter’s house over forty times. However, despite violent behavior such as severely beating his mother, lenient, leftist policies let another criminal go free. Later, that same criminal massacred innocent students, and educators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, including my daughter.
To keep our schools—and communities—safe, we must remove these dangerous, threatening people before they inflict harm on themselves or others. It’s common sense, yet the Washington Post continues to blame inanimate objects for the criminal behavior of evil human beings.
The Washington Post also forgot to mention that nearly every shooting detailed in their series occurred in a “Gun Free Zone,” where law-abiding citizens were disarmed and criminals—who by definition break the law—were free to carry out their terror plot with limited resistance.
The Nashville killer’s manifesto made a note to check the parking lot for security before entering the building. The murderer’s original target was a shopping mall, but the killer decided not to attack there because of the abundance of armed shoppers. It’s abundantly clear that these evil people aren’t looking for a fair fight. They want total destruction and no opposition along the way. That’s why schools—“Gun Free Zones”—continue to be their choice location for a massacre.
According to recent data, guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens saves up to two million times annually. Thus, the tragedies in Parkland and Uvalde have reminded us that you are your own first responder. The only way to stop a deranged madman is with deadly force. That’s why we must secure the schools and train teachers and staff who are willing and capable to protect students and faculty.