How does one make sense out of the senseless?

competitive marksmanshipI remain stunned as I hear news report after news report regarding the school children, teachers, families, the whole community held hostage by one senseless young man; a nightmare some will never wake up from, a nightmare some will walk as if dead for the rest of their lives. I loved school. I adored learning. I remember all my teachers and even the ones I fell in love with. Getting a score below a 90 equalled failing. For my own children, school formed the basis of their social world, friendships they maintain into their adulthoods.

But, how do we, as gun owners, as shooters, process the fouling of a sacred space: school; the termination of sacred lives: our school children and our teachers; how do we bring comfort and a sense of security to those who have to carry on in the aftermath of this horror? I can say, with extreme pleasure, that I hear from any number of news avenues that the gun was not the problem. It wasn’t. The idiot who erroneously, thoughtlessly, illegally, insanely, terroristically pulled the trigger constitutes the problem. We need to deal with the person, not the weapon. The weapon is not the problem. Remember 7th grade science and chemical reactions? All sorts of bombs-in-a-water bottle could produce death and destruction from household items found in the kitchen and in the garage. That the young man’s mother had firearms in the home still is not the big deal. She probably also had baking soda and vinegar and nails and ammonia and, well, refer to 7th grade science projects, for what all she most likely stored at home. The gun is not the problem. As I understand the chain of events, ultimately, guns saved the day.Whether police officers showing up or legally armed citizens responding as per the circumstance dictating, this heartbreaking, unbelievable, atrocious trend in our nation will neither end nor find correction through stricter gun laws. The gun is not the problem. The young man is the problem. The young man HAS a problem, which, I claim, forms the basis for problem identification and, therefore, problem solution. May we quit blaming inanimate objects for our problems. May we uphold our Constitution and ALL of its amendments. Amen. Happy Holidays.


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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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