Chiquita Sings the Blues
Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Friday, February 16, 2018. Our nation is in mourning. There has been another horrific school shooting that has taken the lives of 17 innocent students and one teacher. At least 15 other people are injured, and the perpetrator is in custody. What are we doing wrong? That question is on Chiquita's mind this morning. She has asked for the pleasure of your company and your friendship this sad morning. Please join Chiquita when you can. She is preparing butter dipped orange muffins and Irish coffees.
After the Tears
Thanks so much for coming to breakfast this morning. Mass shootings have occurred in our nation far too often. We have to look into this problem from all sides. Simply blaming what is happening on gun control is politically motivated, and not rooted in fact. Chicago has the strictest gun control laws in the nation, and the highest murder rate. Realistically speaking, strict gun control laws stop the decent people from obtaining guns, but the bad guys know where to go to get what they want. The end result is that the murderers are safe in the knowledge that there really won't be too many obstacles in their way when they want to commit mayhem.
A compelling argument can be made for banning the sale of assault rifles. Normal people don't need them, but I have no doubt that if there is a will there is a way, and despite any ban, a rifle can be found. We also have to keep in mind that anything in the wrong hands can become a lethal weapon. Information is all over the internet for anyone wanting to build a homemade explosive. A car is a weapon in the wrong hands. Chemicals are available that can harm untold numbers of people. So having said this, what can we do?
Protect Our Children
We have plenty of work to do if we want to stem this horrendous cycle of violence. There are mental health issues that must be addressed. There are cultural issues that have brought us to this frightening place. There are law and order issues that must be looked at. All of this introspection will take time, and we do not have that luxury. Our priority must be our children, and they need protection now. We can beat our chests, lay flowers for the fallen and bemoan the loss of civility, but in the meantime kids are dying.
We need to face reality. There are troubled people out there who wish to harm us. Some of them are students who want to target other students. If we spend all our time trying to root them out, psychoanalyze them and separate them from other students, we will fail. We can try to identify potential problems, and we should, but we need to keep our children safe now.
Our schools are not doing a good enough job. The Parkland massacre demonstrates that reality quite clearly. This student was a troublemaker and was eventually expelled. That action did not stop him from coming to the campus, pulling the fire alarm and killing as many people as he could. The picture would have been quite different if there were teachers in that school who were armed and trained for just this situation.
It's Common Sense
Whether it is pretty or not, we have to make sure that there are trained people in our schools who can stop madness like this massacre in its tracks. One guard won't do it. In fact, it was said that there was a guard who was armed, but he wasn't near the shooter. That is unacceptable. Secondly, we need to severely limit entry into our schools. There should be one central entrance for admittance to any school, and that area must have a guard who can make sure that whoever wants in deserves to be there. Aren't our children worth that? We must do whatever it takes to secure our schools, and that should be the first thing we do. Once that is accomplished, we can turn to the larger issues of why our society is so troubled, and why our kids are lashing out with violence against others and themselves. Let's begin now, because time is of the essence and we have to stop the pain.
I'm Chiquita Cicada
And I'm here to say
If we do nothing
Won't ever go away.....