Sometimes you have to just shake your head and wonder what people are thinking. Such is the case with a neighborhood in Arlington, Va., where residents are protesting the opening of a gun shop in the area.
Since the shop can sell guns only to customers who have passed a background check, there’s no reason to think that the shop would have any negative impact on the area. Unless, perhaps, some of the neighbors in Cherrydale and Maywood neighborhoods don’t trust any gun purchasers—even those who are proven to be law-abiding citizens?
For his part, owner James Gates, a Marine veteran, plans to be a good neighbor. “We want to be part of the community,” Gates told the Washington Post. “We’ll have security, and classes on safe handling of firearms and safe carry. People who have questions should give us a call and give us a chance.”
School Shootings: Not Another Natural Disaster
According to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 70 percent of public schools in the U.S. currently exercise some sort of mass shooting drill or training scenario. But here’s the bizarre thing: Only 43 percent employ armed guards, and a paltry 24 percent retain armed security on a full-time basis.
It always pays to be prepared for bad situations, and school safety drills have the potential to promote readiness. But the fact that so many schools are investing resources in drilling without having a plausible way to actually stop a shooter is a troubling indication that educators are going through the motions without any intention of solving the real problem. It’s irresponsible to treat school shooters like natural disasters that students should hunker down and avoid. What we should be doing is taking the proper steps to keep our children safe.