When I first heard about the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, I felt sick to my stomach. First, I couldn’t escape the thought of fourteen (later reports increased the number to nineteen) children between ages 8 and 10 being brutally murdered. The horror to their families, as well as to the families of the two teachers who died while in the process of equipping their students to live, is unimaginable to me.
But then I was further sickened by the Democrats who shed crocodile tears for the victims while using this tragedy to push their political agenda. After all, their motto is to “let no crisis go to waste.”
Former Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who is running for Governor of Texas this year, interrupted current Governor Greg Abbot’s press conference in Uvalde to push his gun control agenda. O’Rourke was shouted down and escorted from the building by police. Abbot was trying to provide comfort and aid to the people of Uvalde; O’Rourke was apparently more interested in making political points.
Joe Biden and the other liberty stealers in Washington were quick to push their gun control policies hoping that the people of America would, in their national grief for Uvalde, jump on the gun grabbing bandwagon that always gets rolling after these types of tragedies. It is all political theater.
If Democrats pushed their reasoning to its logical conclusion, they would be calling for a ban on cars. On the same day 21 innocent people died in Uvalde, 90 people lost their lives in car accidents. Twenty-two of those were between the ages of 16 and 20. Democrats remain silent about those lives because it does not fit their agenda.
Democrats call for bans on cars not for the lives lost but for the carbon emitted. And the Democrats don’t really care about the carbon. The science shows that the total of every bit of CO2 emitted by humans or their inventions is less than one-half of one percent of the CO2 in the atmosphere. Global Warming or the new Ice Age – chose your calamity de jour – is caused by natural means and not by power plants or internal combustion engines.
The Democrats’ sole purpose in this is to impoverish us by destroying our economic engine and destroying our ability to defend ourselves by removing our guns. They believe that Americans have too much and should be reduced to the same economic level as the rest of the world. They also believe that they know better what we need than we do so they indoctrinate our children and remove our ability to fight against their ideas by taking over mass media and opening us up to Gestapo-like enforcers who will shut us up if we don’t shut up on our own.
But I digress from Uvalde. Governor Abbot said that the problem is not a gun problem but rather a mental health problem. That is partially correct. We cannot put guards – resource officers – in every school in America and conclude that our children will be safe. For one thing, the Democrats have spent months now denigrating police officers, reducing their numbers, and making them the enemy.
There was actually a Police Resource Officer in the Robb Elementary School where the shootings occurred. And he exchanged gunfire with the shooter. The officer was wounded in the exchange but forced the shooter to drop a bag of ammunition by the front door before the shooter continued into the building. With that ammunition in hand, the shooter might have done even more damage.
The Texas Attorney General calls for arming specially trained teachers for the purpose of protecting their students. Once the resource officer in Uvalde was wounded and out of action, there was no one left to protect the children.
But all these ideas are merely stop-gap measures. More resource officers, more mental health workers, more armed teachers would only serve as a stop-gap measure against the problem. The real problem in America is moral decay. When I was growing up – in Oklahoma – students had rifles in their pickups in the school parking lot, not because they were going to shoot people but because they were going hunting on the way home. You can’t do that now because the moral fiber has been badly eroding in America in the 60 years since the Earl Warren-led Supreme Court outlawed prayer and Bible reading in our schools. Frankly, that decision needs to be overturned every bit as much as Roe v. Wade.
Until we return to our Judeo-Christian roots. America will continue to fall apart. And that makes me sick to my stomach.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.