By Matt Rooney
Here’s something I don’t hear anyone else saying on television/radio/etc, Save Jerseyans, and it’s driving my blood pressure into the stratosphere:
Everyone knew Cruz was a monster. That’s an uncontroversial conclusion in of itself.
The school didn’t act.
The FBI didn’t act.
Local police were called to Cruz’s home 39 times.
Cruz called 911 HIMSELF, three months before the school shooting, and nothing was done.
Now we know that the sheriff’s department had an armed deputy present (!) who failed to act (which we only learned the morning after the Sheriff Scott Israel arrogantly lectured the NRA and millions of legal gun owners on national TV).
Where are the calls for THAT public official’s resignation, by the way? After his department screwed the pooch so badly? And with such horrendous consequences?
But that’s only part of the equation.
Here comes the controversial part: You still want “more” gun control? Really?
Reality check: systemic government incompetence and corruption is precisely WHY we have a Second Amendment in the first place and need it so badly.
The government can’t protect us, not from itself and certainly not from others. The government’s failure to protect us IS the proximate cause for 17 deaths at that high school. The FBI, the school system, law enforcement… all of’em. And that’s not to say there aren’t plenty of good people on the government payroll, particularly in our police departments, but that’s not exactly the point is it? As we’ve seen with restraining order deaths right here in New Jersey, notably the tragic case of Carol Bowne, a piece of officious-looking paper is an imperfect protection when evil strikes. The police cannot, and will not, be everywhere and able to do everything necessary.
So yes, the media is working overtime to make this about their preferred political narrative, even allegedly forcing scripts on kids, but I submit that that’s the wrong discussion.
Parkland is the ultimate argument for LIMITED government. No piece of legislation or executive order can debunk the Framers’ collective wisdom on this point. Empowering government clearly doesn’t work, and the dangerous byproduct of that misguided ideology is a defenseless citizenry. We need to empower ourselves to protect our children.
If we wait for a man or woman with a badge, government ID or fancy title to fill that role? We’re putting everyone we know and love at needless risk, and the next disaster will be owned by everyone who abdicated their responsibility, as free Americans, to do something about it.