Opinion | Fred H. Dippel: Who pays for gun safety in our schools?

Opinion | Fred H. Dippel: Who pays for gun safety in our schools?

Responsibility is an important — and much used — word in the NRA organization. It is the word leadership has taught the rank-and-file members that excuses them from any responsibility for the horrible, callous bloodshed of innocent lives. They need only to claim that they are responsible, law-abiding citizen gun-owners who use their guns responsibly. They believe in responsibility. After each gun calamity, to show how responsible they are, they line up uniformly and loudly condemn the actual shooter. Then they point here, there and everywhere to identify the "true" causes of each calamity, which evidently are accepted as inherent in our flawed society at large. They shift suspicion away from themselves in many wily ways. They appoint themselves as experts in social psychology in which only they can see the kid whose mind boils with urgings to become famous, to gain revenge, or who knows what kind of fantastic aberration. These "responsible" gun owners say those shooters, who use their deadly weapons irresponsibly, are sick. They point out over and over that the laws we have on the books are a sufficient shield against the slaughter that now has become commonplace in our fair land. They look askance at our law enforcement agencies and cry out their shortcomings. If only they would do their job and enforce the laws. The remedies they offer invariably leave themselves immaculate and guiltless, unscathed of any serious, true responsibility. Fortify the schools, they say. Arm the teachers, teach the teachers to shoot […]

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