“This epidemic of gun violence against children must stop, but that will not happen until more of our elected leaders decide that they value the lives of our children more than they value the political agenda of the gun lobby.”
NJEA President Marie Blistan
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
THE GUN LOBBY MURDERED THOSE CHILDREN
Well that didn’t take very long.
A little more than two hours after the Florida school shooter was taken into custody yesterday afternoon, President Marie Blistan posted a statement to the NJEA website:
“NJEA: Latest school shooting demands action.”
Her decision to comment on this tragedy was certainly understandable - unfortunately the focus of her commentary was totally misplaced.
For some (inexplicable?) reason she failed to lay the blame for this shooting on the person who actually carried it out. She never once acknowledged that an individual used a gun to commit those murders.
Instead, she kept her comments very general.
Here are some examples of the language she used:
So if she wasn’t prepared to blame the actual shooter, who was at fault?
The “gun lobby,” of course.
Clearly, NJEA President Marie Blistan isn’t letting this tragedy go to waste.
PREVENTING FUTURE INCIDENTS
On a final note, we do agree with one of Blistan’s statements:
“We also remember that mere sympathy without meaningful action will not help prevent future incidents like this.”
Action is certainly necessary to prevent “future incidents like this.”
The best way to prevent “future incidents like this” is to have armed security on campus.
Deranged killers know that schools are gun-free zones. They understand that no one will be there to stop them.
Why do we continue to allow our children to be sitting ducks in a shooting gallery?
CNN and other media outlets are rightfully treating football coach Aaron Feis as a hero. He used his own body to shield students against the bullets from the murderer.
But think how much better the situation might have turned out if Mr. Feis had been armed.
Instead of reading about how many innocent children were murdered at that Florida High School, we might be reading about how many children were saved instead.
All NJEA members can agree that what happened in Florida was a tragedy.
Not all agree with President Blistan that we should blame the “gun lobby.”