The Anti-Gun Left wants to keep soft targets soft

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After the shooting in Texas the other day, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick pointed out the obvious.

If there was only one entrance to the school, the shooter would have been stopped.

This has been a common means of controlling who enters secured buildings for years. For example, if you go to a courthouse or a Federal building – hell even some office buildings — there is only one public entrance.

Controlling the point of entry is an excellent way to harden soft targets.

And yet.

A single entrance doesn’t mean a single exit.

Has Sam Stein never seen fire exits before?

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Well, before you assume that this reporter is retarded, let me assure you, he’s not.

He knows damn well that there is a difference between limiting entry into a building and allowing for emergency exits in case of fire.

But here’s what these guys are doing.

They’re trying to pinch off any possible avenue that would harden soft targets so that the only avenue we can visit is banning guns.

And if that means keeping soft targets soft, they’re good with that.

If soft targets are hardened – for example, if schools are as difficult to enter as a courthouse – the anti-gun Left will lose their most emotionally evocative argument for gun control.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think these people are ghouls who want students gunned down.

But I do think they see a benefit in keeping public schools soft targets.

If we harden school security, it will make schools safer.

And once schools are no longer soft targets, the most emotionally evocative case for gun control is neutered.

Those anti-gun Lefts get a lot of mileage out of howling and rending their garments over “the children.”

But hardening school security will actually do something to protect “the children.”

Just not the “something” the anti-gun Left wants.

Soft targets help advance the narrative that guns should not be in the hands of citizens.

Solving the problem of school safety isn’t the goal here.

The goal – the first principle of the Left – is disarming the citizenry.

When I lived in Chicago in the 1990s, a homeless man asked me for money one day as I was leaving the Howard Street red line station for home. He told me he needed to get on the red line and go downtown. But he didn’t have the money. So I reached into my pocket and gave him a CTA token.

He stared down at the dime-sized token resting in the palm of his hand in disappointment. Then he shook his head and said this wouldn’t help him. I told him, “You need to get on the red line, that token will get you on the red line.”

I solved the problem for him. But that wasn’t really the problem was it? Instead, I took away his only angle to get cash.

That’s what the anti-gun Left is like.

They don’t want the problem of school safety solved. Because that isn’t their goal. Their goal is gun control.

And if we harden soft targets through — let’s just call it “common sense security controls” – the anti-gun Left loses their best angle to get guns banned.

It’s why they don’t want to consider arming teachers, having a single-entry check-in, or armed guards.

Those are actual solutions to the problem of schools being a soft target.

And with children safe, the anti-gun Left will be effectively disarmed of their most potent weapon against the Second Amendment.

In the meantime, they are perfectly happy keeping schools soft targets.

Because they don’t really care about children’s safety.

That’s never what this has been about.

While we’re on the subject, David Cole penned one hell of a good column back in February titled Gates ‘n’ Guns in the Ghetto over at Taki’s Magazine.

He recounts his time attending a high school in inner city Los Angeles during the gang and crack epidemic of the eighties.

Yet I don’t have a single story to tell about on-campus violence. Not one. No on-campus shootings, stabbings, or gang fights. Why? Because the campuses of my junior high and high school were always on lockdown. There were only a few designated entry and exit points, and armed security officers stood at both. Everything else was gated up, chained up, and sealed up.

“Back then,” he writes, “gates and guns were not just unobtrusive, but welcome.”

And though the column is several months old, it is still well worth the read.

Side Note:
I am very unwell. And though I’m trying my best to keep up with posting, it hasn’t been easy over the last week. If you are a praying sort, I covet your prayers. This has been an awful Lupus week for me. And though I began to feel better on Thursday, it was short-lived. At this point, I have no idea how much more of this I’m going to have to endure.

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17 thoughts on “The Anti-Gun Left wants to keep soft targets soft

  • May 20, 2018 at 11:57 am
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    I pray that you may feel the comforting love of God’s hands. I pray Lord that you ease the pain from Diann and give her comfort and strength. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  • May 20, 2018 at 12:27 pm
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    Praying for you Dianny, much love and appreciation for you.

  • May 20, 2018 at 12:54 pm
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    Sorry to hear of your pain…T&P’s are with you

    I will disagree with one point. I believe the Left is perfectly willing to sacrifice additional students in order to further their anti-gun agenda. They are just pawns to them despite all their fake outrage after every incident. Otherwise, they WOULD take immediate action to “harden” schools.

    • May 20, 2018 at 1:21 pm
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      I sometimes wonder if that is the case. But I was attempting to be charitable. Many of the uninformed gun control folks probably do not want children to be left at risk. The hard and fast activist on the other hand? Yes, I agree. Those people are more than willing to sacrifice the lives and safety of children if it helps them ban guns. Never let a crisis go to waste and all.

      • May 20, 2018 at 2:42 pm
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        Remember that this is the same group that fights for “womens health” rights (read abortion) and never bats an eye at the number of procedures performed each year…Whats a few more dead school kids to them?

    • May 21, 2018 at 11:45 am
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      I hate to be so cynical but I agree with your post. When a group is essentially attempting to overthrow the government collateral damage is meaningless. They march to Soros’ orders, and dead children are good press.

  • May 20, 2018 at 2:46 pm
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    It’s called shedding “crocodile tears”. It’s the act of falsely showing sympathy or horror at an act of extreme violence whereas the continued violence serves the Left’s agenda.

  • May 20, 2018 at 3:20 pm
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    Dianny, I have another friend who suffers with Lupus so I have seen what it can do to a young and vibrant life. You too are in my prayer, and will continue to be.

  • May 20, 2018 at 4:32 pm
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    As a former teacher in the Detroit Schools i can tell you we had one entrance where everyone was supposed to enter the building. But we had eight other doors (not including the gym area) where students just had to bump with their hips to let anyone into the building. As a part-time locksmith i talked with three different Principals about several different options that could be used to secure the doors. However, even if we could get approval from the Fire Marshal, who was a pain even with perfectly legal options for fire exits, when it came to the cost for both the parts and the labor to install the hardware necessary, good luck with that,

  • May 20, 2018 at 9:26 pm
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    You’ve been in my prayers for a while, Dianny, ever since you mentioned your illness some time ago. Asking for God’s blessings and healing powers to be upon you.

  • May 20, 2018 at 10:25 pm
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    The places where valuable things are kept…are always held secure by those in charge of them. By any, and every means necessary. So guns are good enough to guard our money, public “servants”, and every other intangible. But our children are somehow not worthy of the expense or time? And how long before our enemies from without, see the low hanging fruit of soft targets, and our supposedly most precious commodity?

  • May 20, 2018 at 10:53 pm
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    Doors that are marked “exit only” can also be used to let someone inside. Movie theaters were always good for letting friends in for free. Even if the door is designed to set off the fire alarm it doesn’t matter. There’s still plenty of time to do damage.

    That’s how the Aurora Theater shooter gained access.

    • May 21, 2018 at 1:36 am
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      Tom,

      There are ways to secure doors that will allow egress without easily bypassing their security function. Maglocks have been around for years. They can be expensive, especially if combined with a comprehensive security system. But we’re not supposed to be concerned with costs when children are involved…

  • May 21, 2018 at 6:14 am
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    Dianny, my arthritic, diseased riddled body, cannot empathize and sympathize with you anymore than I can! Yes, you and all others suffering from this insidious disease, are being prayed for daily by me! Be better soon, Sweet Pea! I so look forward to your commentary each and every day, though not always able (MIND is, Body not so much!), to post a comment. Much love and prayers headed your way, yesterday, today, and forever!
    It was called ‘being picked on’ back during my school days. But none of us that were ‘picked on’, did these horrendous crimes! We were raised poor but proud, loved and taught love by our families, taught right from wrong by the same, as well as the church! These half-wits, no matter what anyone says contrary, were NOT taught those precious values by their families!
    My youngest grandson graduates high school this Friday night, albeit with a general diploma, due to having Asperger’s. He suffered ‘being picked on’ all his school years; hunts, house full of shotguns and rifles, didn’t shoot up the school. Taught love and right from wrong, at home. That’s the big difference between that one demented kid and a school full of ‘normals’.
    LOVE, HUGS, and PRAYERS♥

  • May 21, 2018 at 7:51 am
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    Dianny, I dearly hope you get better as quickly as possible. I am more than aware how difficult it is to be laid low by something you really are helpless to contend with. You have remarkable courage and will power. My prayers will include you in the future.

    Liberals, socialists, democrats; you call them what you like. The go ALL IN when they set their sights on a target. They do not compromise or retreat. They steadfastly work; albeit slowly at times; towards their policy goals. Contrast this with the republicans, libertarians, conservatives who end up compromising every time.

    Gun control is about people control or rather, removing the people’s ability to resist, What is not ever mentioned in any of the issues at present that are in contention is that the democrats are pushing us into a soviet system of governance. If any prominent opponent of the democrats makes mention of any plot to transform our nation into socialism they are labelled crackpots and extremists. Yet, that is the reality.

    School safety is a solvable issue. Many other problems that seem to plague us in society are solvable issues. Problem is that the solutions are based in conservative or ideas that are fundamental to the origins of this nation and to allow any policy issue to move the nation back towards those principles will not be tolerated by our ALL IN democrats. It is the agenda after all and not the issue at hand that is most important.

  • May 21, 2018 at 10:01 am
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    am praying for you have a child with lupus and a brother with MG and do understand….rest and recover and chicken soup

  • May 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm
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    I visit your site at least once a day. As I click, I ask: How is Dianny today? Then I say a prayer for your health regardless of a good or bad day. I think a lot of us have your back in the prayer department.

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