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It’s about time. Bill Clinton has finally told us his solution to the
slaughters of innocent school children as we witnessed last week in
Clinton held his tongue for a week. He beat around the bush. He bit
his lower lip. He jutted that jaw. But he didn’t mention gun control —
not for a whole week.
We all knew it was coming. It was just a matter of time. Perhaps even
Clinton recognized he might appear to be too politically opportunistic
to start offering legislative answers before the bodies were even cold.
But now we have it. Clinton says we just need more laws. He admits
none of his proposals would have stopped the carnage at Columbine High.
But no matter. It’s “doing something” that matters — not actual
results. Symbolism over substance. That’s what this president offers
The trouble is, Clinton’s so-called solution is being repudiated in
the real world on two major fronts — the Balkans, where he is engaged
in a no-win military quagmire, and in Littleton and a thousand other
towns where, in recent years, bad people have obtained firearms
illegally and killed people with them.
First, the Balkans: For 600 years, Christians and Muslims have been
fighting each other in this region. In the early 1990s, Washington
backed a United Nations arms embargo designed to stop the fighting. In
other words, the U.S. and U.N. imposed international gun controls on the
As they always do, gun controls empowered those with the guns — in
this case, the Serbs. All we heard about for years thereafter were
atrocity stories. They continue even today, providing the pretext — or
excuse — for the NATO attacks on Serbia.
Likewise, domestically, if your goal were to kill as many people as
possible, about the best place to go would be a government school. At
Columbine High, the 1,900 students were sitting ducks for crazed and
heavily armed killers. If 1,900 kids got together for a rock concert in
Denver, I guarantee you there would be armed guard on patrol. But not in
a government school that assembles that many 183 days a year.
Why? It makes no sense. Worse yet, when the cops arrived after the
shooting and bombing began, they sealed off the school but refused to
enter — apparently for fear of risking their own lives. One teacher
bled to death in the meantime. Only the decision by the teen maniacs to
kill themselves ended the bloodshed.
This is gun control in practice. How do you like it, America?
Last year, when a 16-year-old shot his way into Pearl High School in
Mississippi, killing two and wounding seven, he was stopped cold by
school principal Joel Myrick with a gun he had in violation of the
federal Gun-Free School Act, which prohibits firearms within 1,000 feet
of a school.
Thankfully, the Feds didn’t dare prosecute hero Myrick for the breach
of federal law. Lord knows how many kids’ lives he saved because of his
Now the government wants to clamp down even more restrictive gun laws
— turning our cities, our communities, our schools into free-fire zones
for criminals. Like it or not, that’s the effect of gun limits. If you
criminalize guns, the only people who will have them — by definition —
After 20 years or so of experimentation with increasingly stringent
gun laws and increasingly grotesque and violent crimes, isn’t it about
time to try another approach? The definition of insanity is doing the
same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
In Israel in 1974, the government had this debate. Terrorists took
100 kids hostage at a school in Maalot. During the rescue attempt, 25
people were killed and 66 wounded. There was an outcry in Israel to get
rid of the guns. But the government wisely chose a different course.
Instead of taking away the guns, Israel made sure they were more
plentiful. All military reservists were issued personal weapons. Anyone
with a clean record was given a concealed-carry permit. Teachers — even
kindergarten nurses — began carrying guns. Schools were protected by
parents, not after-the-fact SWAT teams. No school group went anywhere
without armed guards. At 15 years of age, kids began receiving gun
Guess what? No more school terrorism in Israel.
Whether it’s a question of conflict in the Balkans or senseless
violence at home, banning guns is not the answer. Arming the defenseless