Misrepresentation – The following quote from an article written by Jason Linkins of The Huffington Post, “studies have been conducted that prove that this plan just fails to stop these kinds of assailants” is a link pointing to a 20/20 episode where they conduct the most useless “experiment” I have seen in a long time. They actually studied how ineffective people would be if they were untrained on the use of a firearm in a defensive scenario. Congratulations 20/20, you win the Captain Obvious of The Year award! It’s true, untrained people in ANY situation, defensive gun scenario, or otherwise, will fail miserably more often than not. It’s like needing a study to see if an untrained civilian can KO a professional boxer in a boxing match. Really???… So, the irrelevance to their point comes from the fact that the School Board is NOT “allowing” (important key word for later) janitors to carry firearms without first being TRAINED in crisis scenarios.
Outright Lie – The Huffington post outright lies to the public when Jason Linkins (author of cited article) said “…What they’re gonna do about it, is ya know…uh…take the janitors (of) the school, and give them guns and ask them to go run into the fight on everyone’s behalf…” in the video at the top of the article’s page. This is a categorically false statement. The School Board is doing no such thing in principle, practice or otherwise. The fact of the matter is that ALL law-abiding responsible concealed carrying gun owners have the capacity to stop a criminal from committing a forcible felony, regardless if criminal has a gun, or other deadly force implement. What the School Board is ACTUALLY doing amounts to nothing more than bringing that capacity to said schools via the custodial staff, for now. They are NOT charging the staff with the responsibility of stopping the threat, they are simply “ALLOWING” the staff to have the option of doing so, if an applicable situation presents itself. The training is for the purposes of maximizing the probability, during an opportunity to respond to a lethal force encounter, that they will be successful in stopping the threat, while maintaining the highest safety for the innocent, and themselves.
Condescending statements – Finally, The Huffington post decides that it is a good idea to condescend people due to their jobs. Jason Linkins in the article considers Janitors “forgotten-about working-class Americans”, and security officers as “rent-a-cops”. Nothing says elitist quite like poking fun at people in lower socio-economic classes.
It seems there is no end to the lengths that many mass media organizations will go to, in an effort to support anti-gun agendas, and create self-serving fodder. I have largely held my tongue, save the proliferating of information via Facebook, and an accompanying statement here, and there. After reading this article, however, shortly after reading another misleading article released by The Huffington Post on the same day, I had to express my disgust for these continued practices. Call me crazy, but I see honoring the losses of these poor young souls from the Sandy Hook massacre, as rising to the cause, and educating ourselves in an effort to attempt meaningful discourse towards real solutions to increasing safety for children, and reducing gun violence. In stark opposition to this, these organizations are systematically flooding the airways, and Internet with fear mongering reporting, uneducated pontificating, outright lies, misleading proliferation of information, appeal to emotion fallacies, a slew of general fallacies of irrelevance and finally support for rushed legislation which has typically worked out quite horrendously for the US in the past.
Please for the love of all that is good, and righteous in this universe, can we not continue taking this tragedy, and using it for intentions which have been anything but honorable? Can we focus on the problem, and engage in meaningful fact based discourse towards a solution that can actually work towards achieving the FOCUSED goals of increasing children’s safety in schools, and continue the reduction in gun violence that has ACTUALLY been occurring for the past 20 years? I think we can. Prove me right America.
UPDATE: Picture added with caption exposing another piece of information that was left out of the original article.