It has been a busy week for the LAPD with two school shootings; one in Gardena and one in Woodland Hills.
On Wednesday, a lone gunman opened fire on A Los Angeles Unified School District police officer, just outside El Camino High School in Woodland Hills. Just a day earlier, a student at Gardena High, snuck a stolen weapon into class and fled after it accidentally discharged and severely wounded two students.
These two shooting incidents sent shock waves through school districts already on edge, from previous shooting incidents at other schools nationwide.
Many people, especially in the liberal media, quickly jump to their conclusion that only stricter gun control laws will solve this problem.
The shooting at El Camino High School occurred when a suspicious looking man was confronted by the LAUSD officer outside the campus. The man spun and fired at the officer, inflicting only minor wounds, fortunately because of the officer’s bulletproof vest. The gunman fled the scene, and the officer, with the help of a bystander, reported the incident to his dispatcher.
Students were locked down in El Camino for close to six hours, and were required to stay in their classrooms with no access to food, water, or toilets. The LAPD broadened their search, to a seven-square mile area surrounding the school, and blocked both in-coming and out-going traffic. Now, Visualize thousands of people locked inside an area the size of a small town, as hundreds of police officers comb through neighborhoods, stopping cars and interrogating drivers. Businesses were forced to close shop, go home and risk not being allowed back, until after the lockdown ended. Keep in mind all this happened, hours after the gunman fled the scene.
I see several problems here. Firstly, vast portions of our communities can be reduced to a police state after a non-fatal, yet serious, random incident. Tolerance for shootings in and around our schools is understandably zero, but there was no indication that the shooter was either targeting students, was a student, or had any motive to be near the school. It just happened to be a crime near a school. With that in mind, was it really necessary to lock down seven schools in the area, and in several cases, keep students locked up long after school hours? Would it not have been safer for students to have been in the care of their parents, who were terrified and anxiously waiting outside the schools?
Secondly, imagine if the bystander who came to the aid of the officer, and many other lawful citizens were armed. There never would have been a manhunt because the shooter would have been stopped in his tracks. After the tragedy in Tucson last week, several authorities and bystanders lamented that more people in the crowd were not armed and better prepared, to step in and take over where police protection was unavailable.
The bottom line is that we cannot simply depend on the government to protect us. Last week, over half the police force of Camden, New Jersey, the second most dangerous city in the nation was let go because of budget cuts. As a citizen, you can not, and should not, depend on the police to protect you all the time. When it comes to our family, we must be able to protect them. The government and liberal media has relentlessly propagated fear, as a means to wrestle more power away from the American public. When government takes away lawful citizens’ right to own or carry guns, criminals win because they do not follow the law and will continue to use guns regardless.
Whether propagated fear is a result of a school shooting or a terrorist attack, they will not waste an opportunity to remind us that we need government to take care of us. Do not buy into this lie. Government exists to serve us, and not to control us.
Our Founding Fathers carefully and thoughtfully wrote the Constitution with our protection and safety in mind.
A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.
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