Will Florida Students, Nation Learn Lesson about Guilt Transference?

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School don’t care for new restrictions. (Screen capture, YouTube, Ruptly)

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida are apparently learning a hard lesson about being treated with suspicion, as explained in the pages of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel; an experience not unlike what millions of law-abiding gun owners have faced by being penalized for crimes they didn’t commit and would never condone.

According to the newspaper, when students returned to class Monday, they were faced with heightened security measures, including a requirement that they carry clear backpacks.

The newspaper quoted 17-year-old Kyrah Simon, who sagely observed, “I think it’s the illusion of security, and it’s not going to accomplish anything, except make students feel like their privacy is being violated.”

Any veteran Second Amendment activist could easily tell Ms. Simon, “Welcome to my world.” Gun rights advocates have offered the same criticisms of virtually every gun control law introduced over the past 50 years, since passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968. Waiting periods, background check laws, one-gun-a-month schemes, bans on so-called “assault weapons” and original capacity magazines; they haven’t stopped tragedies including the Parkland school shooting, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Cascade Mall, Red Lake High School or any other violent mass crime, gun activists argue.

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But these students, traumatized by the act of a suspected madman, just might be getting a crash course in the law of unintended consequences, people in the gun rights movement have suggested on social media. In the interest of preventing crimes, honest people are treated like criminals.

The Sun-Sentinel also quoted 16-year-old Holden Kasky, who wrote a letter to Superintendent Robert Runcie, asking that the district reconsider the clear backpack requirement.

“I don’t want people to feel uncomfortable or judged,” the teen wrote, according to the newspaper. “If you really want to bring a weapon to school, you’ll [still] be able to hide it.”

Perhaps unintentionally, Runcie just cracked a code, explaining matter-of-factly that someone intent on doing something wrong will find a way to do it. The Boston Marathon bombers used a pressure cooker. Timothy McVeigh loaded a truck with fertilizer. The accused Manhattan madman allegedly rented a truck in New Jersey and mowed down people on a New York City bicycle path, killing eight.

A recent Rasmussen survey revealed that While 39 percent of American adults think tougher gun laws would reduce violent crime, an equal number (39%) think stricter laws “would have no impact on violent crime.” Meanwhile , 15 percent think harsher gun control laws actually increase violent crime, Rasmussen reported.

Background checks? The accused Parkland teen passed. So did James Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado theater madman. Likewise, Elliot Rodger, the Santa Barbara killer who shot three victims and stabbed three others. And the list goes on with Stephen Paddock, Nidal Hasan, Allen Ivanov and other multiple killers.

Increasingly invasive gun control laws have generally had two things in common. They were promoted as solutions and preventive measures, and they didn’t solve or prevent violent crimes.

Students now attending resumed classes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are learning a lesson they probably wouldn’t get in a classroom.

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