Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Here we go again.

“Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, said Sunday that he wished Dawn Hochsprung, the principal of the Sandy Hook Elementary School, had been armed on Friday with an M-4 assault rifle to counter Adam Lanza, the alleged shooter who killed 20 children and seven other adults.

"I wish to God she had an M-4 in her office locked up — so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out and she didn’t have to lunge heroically with nothing in her hands," Gohmert said on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace.”

Sweet Baby Jesus On A Pogo Stick, in just a few short sentences the Representative of the First Congressional District of Texas managed to pack to so much foolishness in to such a small space of time that he created a black hole of political discussion. No logic, reason, or common sense can escape the field that surrounds this talking point. I can not figure out who is more bone-jarringly stupid, the Representative or the troglodytes that voted for the man.

That this man is in deadly earnest, and I do stress the deadly part of that expression, is depressing. Let’s get this right, by the (ill) logic of Rep Gohmert every Grade School, Middle School, and High School principle should have a gun safe in his or her office and be ready to rock and roll when the bad guy(s) show up. Genius!

So, along with theories of childhood development, teaching strategies, and principles of management and leading, our principal should also take time out of their busy day to get SWAT training. Again, Genius!

But why stop there? Sooner or later those dirty Moo-slems will be dashing through the hallways with their explosive vests and ruining our pep rallies. Best to have that principal pick up some EOD training along the way.  

This kind of thinking is so ridiculous, so thumb-sucking, so bloody awful, as to be unintentionally satirical. Seriously, a gun safe? In a principal's office? Loaded with high-powered semi-automatic, military style, weaponry and ammo? This is the Ne plus ultra of really bad ideas.

But for ideologues like Gohmert, the answer always is more guns deployed to more people. And not only more guns, but more concealed guns deployed to more people. These 2nd Amendment ultras will not be happy until even toddlers are packing heat.

I keep reading these things. I keep hearing these things. And I keep violating my goody-two-shoes liberal world view and ask myself “what is wrong with these people?” Seriously what kind of warped, perverted, and ultimately self-defeating world view is able to short-circuit common sense and rational thought to come up with the bloody-minded idiocy of a Louie Gohmert?

I find this really scary. I find it appalling. Get a grip guys and gals! Educators are not SWAT team members. That is not their jobs! To give them that job is to expect them to do something utterly antithetical to their profession. These people wanted to educate our next generation, not go Rambo on some malcontent who invades the sanctity of the learning environment. 

Schools are supposed to be safe-zones, a sanctuary from the rough and tumble of work-a-day life. They are not supposed to be armed fortresses. That any one, never mind a member of Congress, would propose they be turned into an armed fortress is beyond ridiculous. What is the next step? Do we mandate that all school hallways be wide enough to accommodate an M1A1 Abrams tank? Do we then mandate that every school then park that tank next to the cafeteria? Yes, let’s, that way no one would dare mess with the hall monitors, right? Nothing like staring down the barrel of 120mm smooth bore cannon to garner some respect from those snot-nosed brats, am I right?

I need to stop, the more I think of what Goober Gohmert said, the angrier I become. That he said this bit of tomfoolery was bad enough. That he was not immediacy slapped down by his host Chris Wallace is worse. That the network that Wallace works for is designed to give air and promote the notions of the likes of Louie Gohmert and other Right Wing hacks and ideologues sets my blood boiling. If I stop to consider that this is just the beginning of the “debate” we will have on gun control, I may just loose what little composure I have left. It is days like this that make me wish the Mayans were predicting the end of the world and not just ending a long count calendar. I am so ready for that big honking asteroid to whip around and do to us what it did to the dinosaurs. I only have one request, please make the center of impact the First Congressional District of Texas.
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