There’s a local named Robert Studley who likes to write letters regurgitating the canned tripe he swallows while gorging on N.R.A. propaganda. He recently wrote a letter a few weeks back to the Cape Cod Times, who wouldn’t print my reply, apparently afraid of offending the Cape's gun-sucking right-wing Republicans by exposing their idiocy. So I’ll do it here instead.
Mr. Studly expounded on how the Sandy Hook school shooting could have been prevented if only those teachers had guns of their own to shoot back at Adam Lanza. Yeah, that’s the ticket! Protect those little kids by doubling or tripling the number of bullets whizzing around a 250 foot square classroom.
Even if all the armed teachers were crack shots, with nerves of steel, Mr. Studley’s puerile gunslinger fantasy ignores an obvious fact. A month or so ago, another deranged young man named Richard Shoop shot up a New Jersey shopping mall while calmly walking around in a full suit of body armor. So if the next Adam Lanza knows there are armed guards in schools, like there are in malls these days, there’s nothing to prevent him from suiting up in a bullet proof jacket and helmet like Shoop did. .
Here are some facts about what’s available from the American gun manufacturers who flood the market with firearms. Body armor is easily available too, on-line for $150 to $400, while a bullet proof helmet with ballistic face shield can be purchased for under $400. So, how could Mr. Studley’s. armed “good guys” at a school stop a body-armored bad guy like Adam Lanza from killing twenty or so small children and a few armed teachers as well?
The American arms industry makes a profit on both ends here, selling the guns and ammo, and then selling the body armor. The more rounds a gun can fire without reloading, and the faster it can shoot them, the more bullets sold and the greater the need for body armor, while right wing dupes like Studley think the NRA is so concerned about his Second Amendment rights.
His annual dues are chump change compared with what the arms industry pumps into the NRA to finance the Second Amendment bullshit that guys like him so eagerly lap up before going to Walmart or online to buy more guns and bigger guns. Walmart even had a big sale on guns for Black Friday! Now, isn't that the perfect gift to give a loved one on Jesus’ birthday?
Meanwhile, Adam Lanza’s home was filled with guns, ammunition, bayonets, swords and violent video games including: "Left for Dead," "Metal Gear Solid," "Dead Rising," "Half Life," "Battlefield," "Call of Duty," "Grand Theft Auto," "Dynasty Warriors," "Team Fortress" and "Doom," among others. Whether or not you think exposure to that kind of animated violence causes disturbed young men like Lanza to act out their homicidal fantasies, you cannot deny that he was spending an awful lot of money to feed those fantasies,
With that kind of budget, Lanza could certainly have afforded the seven or eight hundred dollars to make himself “invincible” with body armor, just like his video game heroes. And if he knew that the teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary had guns to shoot back at him, he would surely have done so just like Richard Shoop did. Arming the teachers wouldn't have prevented a single child from being shot to death, and would only have increased the likelihood of accidental shootings.
So, to be perfectly safe in Mr. Studley’s warped and childish understanding of the Second Amendment, those armed teachers, and all the little children too, would have to wear body armor all the time in class. Wouldn’t that be wonderful for the little boys in grade school, to see their own violent video-game fantasies being acted out right there in class every day.
Against such N.R.A. drivel about arming school teachers, Mike Huckabee’s recent pronouncement that the Sandy Hook massacre could have been prevented if only we still had school prayer almost makes sense. Almost, but he's forgetting that there's no way the American gun industry could make a buck off of school prayer.