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Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Opus 2018-050: Headlines: Response Time, Zero

My mouth literally fell open when I saw the first headline.  I can’t remember where but I will link to Fox News as a place you can look if you have not seen this.  It seems that the site of the recent school shooting did have an armed guard and he did nothing.  So much for the solution of mercenaries to guard the emperor.

It seems that there was a duly sworn deputy, armed and trained who was on the school grounds during the latest school shooting.  It would seem that the police were doing there job, at least the department had someone there.  Could he have stopped the slaughter?  We will never know.  It seems he didn’t even try.  In this case the response time was zero.  I get the impression he was on campus when the shooting started.  Instead of engaging the shooter he hid himself.

It will be interesting if the rage of the students and the media will lash out at the officer who hid as much as it has toward the NRA that was not there.

There has been much talk about solutions to the problem of school shootings.  I read another article of another school where an armed guard stopped the shooter cold.  Here that did not work so well.  Armed protection only works when the protector accepts the risk.  There is no way to know ahead of time.  I would suggest that this tells us rent-a-cop might not be the best.

I would also submit that raising the age of legal purchase won’t work.  We know that making guns illegal won’t work.  It certainly hasn’t stopped drug abuse, drunk driving or prostitution.  The shooter is already breaking the law of “Gun free zone” and “Thou shall not murder” so what is the big deal about getting an illegal gun?

Again I think the only solution is to allow teachers to carry or at least allow them to have a gun locked in their car or in a safe in the room.  I think there is less chance of a teacher going psycho and shooting up a school than a kid who has been drugged for years finally losing it. 

It is interesting that the little detail about an armed sheriff’s deputy on campus took so long to come out.

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