Midday Rant - Gun-Free Zones Invite Attacks

by Bill White


Yesterday, 21 people, including 19 children at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas were murdered by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos. Ramos, who was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, was a resident of Uvalde and he was also a local student at Uvalde High School.

Additionally, 10 other people were injured, including Ramos’ own grandmother who he had shot at their home before he set off to launch his attack at 11:30 am local time.

After arriving at the school, Ramos apparently crashed his vehicle into a ditch but he was able to get into the school despite trading shots with a police officer, who he wounded.

As is always the case after a shooting, Leftists sprang into action demanding more gun control, in other words, more laws, but Ramos had legally purchased the semi-automatic rifle he used to commit murder, from a local gun store on May 16, 2022, which incidentally, was his 18th birthday. So-called “progressives” don’t want gun control. What these people really mean by gun control is the banning of certain types of weapons. And allowing them to ban one type will only lead to more bans.

Later, yesterday evening, former Vice President Biden asked the nation to pray for the victims and their families and he said the nation has to ask itself "When in G-D’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in G-D’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?"

So, once again, Democrats are demanding that Congress ban the so-called ‘Assault Rifle’ or AR-15, which was the weapon used by Ramos. The reason that the NRA, the National Rifle Association or ‘gun lobby’ works against efforts to ban any weapon, apart from the obvious Second Amendment Constitutional right, is that banning weapons will simply not prevent these attacks.

It's a fact that Ramos or anyone else could have used another type of weapon or method to achieve the same result, had an AR-15 not been available. And I am certain that a 17-shot Glock 19 and a knapsack full of magazines would have worked just as effectively. And depending on which AR-15 you buy, they’re about the same price as a Glock, so banning AR-15s is not the answer.

But school security is... I am calling on school administrators to do what we all know in our gut needs to be done. Schools must beef up security by restricting access to a single controllable entry point or ensure that all entrances are locked with video, or CCTV and either a dedicated security employee or one of the administrators granting access after they have verified that the visitor poses no threat and this may also include checking bags.

Everyone at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde would be alive today if the administrators of that school had simply provided adequate security to protect students and teachers. If Ramos had been denied entry, 21 people would not have been murdered in that school. We don’t need to ban weapons. We need to protect ourselves from crazy people who get them. It’s that simple.

Banning guns is not the answer. More laws is not the answer. The reason crazies like Ramos pick schools to shoot up is that they are gun-free zones, with little or no security. Those parents who today mourn the deaths of their children would gladly accept tighter security at their dead child’s school if they could have them back home safe and sound.