President Obama with Secret Service
Money shipment with armored car
We guard what we value. Our political leaders and our money? Of course. Our children? Not so much.
My wife and I often visit a nearby mall. The Rolex store and the Louis Vuitton store have large men in dark suits standing near the door to inhibit shoplifting. The mall is large enough to require three armored-car services to remove the cash. We see the armored-car guards walking briskly, with the money bag in one hand and the other hand hovering near their holstered pistol. When we go to the multiplex to see a movie, we notice an armed guard on weekend evenings.
When we go to the bank, we see the tellers behind thick sheets of bullet-resistant glass. Other banks employ armed guards. Money is obviously valuable, and we go to great pains to protect it. Perhaps that is why Los Angeles no longer has the distinction of being the bank-robbery capital of America.
But when we pass schools – elementary, middle, or high schools – we see young people and teachers, and an occasional elderly crossing guard. But we never, literally never, see an armed guard, much less a police officer. Yes, we know that Los Angeles, like many cities, has a school police force. We know that there may be an officer somewhere in the high school. But we also know that he or she is there to try to enforce some semblance of discipline, which teachers and principals are no longer willing or able to do. But protect the young people from attackers? Not really.
Then we watch TV news and see white-collar criminals sentenced to many decades in prison for financial crimes. Bernie Madoff wrecked many people’s lives with his Ponzi scheme. But when we sentenced him to 150 years in prison, while we sentence men who beat, rape, or disable their victims to a few years, what are we saying about our own values?
Madoff’s values were so rotten than he impoverished friends and strangers alike. But our values have deteriorated to the point that financial crimes often receive more harsh punishment than violent crimes. Is this how we wish to be remembered? Do we want our tombstone to read, “They valued money more than human life”?
Like so many mass murders, the recent Umpqua Community College attack in rural Oregon occurred on a “gun-free” campus. The single security guard was unarmed. And the Aurora, Colorado, movie-theater murderer reportedly passed up two theaters nearer his home to attack a “gun-free” multiplex.
If this happened once or twice, we could claim that we just didn’t understand the folly of proclaiming “gun-free” theaters and schools. But after it has happened again and again, what excuse do we have for our gross negligence and profound stupidity?
In fact, if anti-gun fanatics actually believed what they say – if they truly believed that a gun in your home makes you less safe – they would post signs outside their homes proclaiming, “There are no guns in this house.” But in all the years we have walked dogs in the liberal enclaves of Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, and Westwood, we have never – not once – seen such a sign. On the contrary, we see many signs posted by alarm services, some boasting, “Armed response.” Hypocrisy? We don’t care about no stinkin’ hypocrisy. We’re liberals!
President Obama and others insist that a fence on the border won’t work. No? Then why does a fence around the White House work? Obama thinks it is ridiculous to assert that “…more guns will make us safer.” No, more guns won’t make him safer. He and his family already are guarded by squads of highly trained, armed agents. But more guns will make us safer, and will make our children much safer. They aren’t being guarded at all. Isn’t empathy for the weak and defenseless a liberal characteristic? It’s not? My mistake.
There is an old saying: “Put your money where your mouth is.” I would paraphrase this as: “Put your armed guards where what you value is.” People who guard their money more closely than they guard their children deserve to keep neither.
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