I've been wanting to get started posting regularly to this blog for quite some time now. As a business owner you wear A LOT of hats 24/7/365. The party, literally, never ends. Sometimes it takes an event of significance to force the issue. Example: The machine you need to manufacture 1000 widgets today is suddenly broken; Immediately, you know exactly what your priorities are.
Today, I'm moved by the event of February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. So many young lives needlessly lost to the hands of a sick and deranged person. I pray for the victims and their families that they can find peace. This event has reopened the debate regarding gun control, mental health issues and security in our schools. This is a debate that needs to be addressed immediately and decisively; in the same way that the events of 9/11/2001 forever changed air travel and large event security. The time to fully protect our children is now, because I am certain that evil will raise its ugly head again if something is not done immediately.
Having sat quietly on the sidelines for years now, I have tried to be objective and have listened to both sides of the debate. In the end, my conclusion is that the founding fathers of our country put in place the exact rights we would need to continue this experiment on democracy. What they didn't anticipate, I think, was the extent to which modern day legislators would twist and manipulate the document to serve their own purposes or agendas. The following link to the "Virtual State of the Union 2013" is one of the best arguments I have ever heard defending the second amendment and I would like to share it with you today. (Please note: this video is of a "virtual" nature... there's plenty of video editing and special effects in place. Don't allow that to detract from the spoken words"
GUNS (Virtual State of the Union 2013)
I raised my children on the premise that complaining about a problem but offering no solutions is meaningless. In the days that have passed since the events in Florida I came across the following article which offers genuine ideas that would make an immediate difference. The author offers seven steps that every school in America could, and in my humble opinion should, be put in place immediately. If our country could move so swiftly in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to lock down our airports, we damn well should be able to do the same for our schools.
7 Simple Steps to Eliminate School Shootings Overnight
In conclusion, the time to act is already behind us. It is unfortunate that we as Americans are mostly "reactive" as opposed to being "proactive". That being said, I believe that the time is now to put in place real measures that at least have a chance of success but don't infringe on the rights of millions of law abiding citizens. I'm sharing these seven steps today so my children can see me leading by example. Please share this post if you agree.
Good read. An excellent video that highlights great points. I find that it is hard to have a rational discussion with someone who is emotional about the subject. Also, I would be curious to hear from teachers on how they feel about their security for themselves and the kids at their school and what recommendations they have.