by Oscar Y. Harward, ©2018

(Feb. 23, 2018) — There are several suggestions on the news and on the Internet for preventing an attack where individual(s) with guns kill groups of people in public schools and other locations.

After watching the news, reading others on the Internet, then talking and listening with public school employees sharing problems and solutions, may I offer the following?

The major preference for most teachers is, “Just allow me to teach our children.”  In most cases, the children want to learn.  There are a few others determined to subvert any teaching atmosphere.

Virtually all public schools have a nurse but not a counselor.  While a nurse can take the blood pressure, pulse, and temperature, etc. and keep those records, he or she can attend to physical health only.

Adding one school position of counselor is needed, and even critical, so that the children have someone as a trusted ear in reporting any problems with and among others in their schools, their community, and/or at home.

When children have a difference with other children in dispute(s), their solution is to attack and fight their opponent(s).  When there is a physical attack, the schools suspend the attacker for some ten days or so.  The child may take a suspension as a vacation from school.  Upon return to school, the child(ren) is/are still in dispute waiting for another fight.  Nothing is settled.

Perhaps again allowing paddling, as corporal punishment, is another option.

Public schools must place more emphasis on teaching “Civics” on a regular basis and teach our children to employ more civility with each other in their daily lives.  Solving differences without a physical fight must be taught as a gentler option.

Solution: It has now become critical for each school system to employ at least one psychologist, depending on the district size.  When students are suspended for misconduct, require the child, and their parent(s) or guardian(s), to see a psychologist for evaluation.  Permit the psychologist to determine when the child has the ability to return to school.

Encourage each school system to begin an optional class on the Holy Bible.  The Holy Bible was used by our Founding Fathers as a guidance in inscribing our U.S. Constitution.  The Holy Bible is a Book that has survived for thousands of years that even today is effective in teaching our children the right directions to lead and follow in life.

In summary, destroying the Second Amendment and denying law-abiding citizens the right to buy, own, and possess a pistol, rifle, shotgun, etc. is creating another problem for the law-abiding citizens of the USA.

If law-abiding citizens have their guns taken away, the only ones with guns are the criminals and governments, leaving law-abiding citizens with no protection.

Amendment II: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Imagine what it would be like if and when (y)our government denies the right to own or even possess a gun:

  • For practicing target shooting;
  • For hunting wildlife game for (y)our family nourishment;
  • For protecting yourself and/or your family against a criminal’s home invasion;
  • For protecting yourself and/or your family against a mutinous government, and perhaps, a government’s home invasion into your own household!

“No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” — Thomas Jefferson: Draft Virginia Constitution, 1776

“A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies.” — George Washington’s First Annual Message to Congress (January 8, 1790)

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

Protection of our Second Amendment is essential to a free and open government.  It was then and still applies today, primarily intended to protect Americans from all criminals and from a mutinous government.

Everyone must understand: the NRA represents law-abiding citizens as our protectors.  NRA Executive Director and CEO, Wayne LaPierre continues to say, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

Tampering with the 2nd Amendment is an aggressive violation of our personal freedoms and a destruction of our U.S. Constitution.

Keep America strong!  God Bless America!

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