What happened in Connecticut is an astounding tragedy. Who can understand why an alienated young man would kill elementary school children who can bear no connection to his misery?
I have seen a number of responses to the awful events of that Friday blaming a lack of gun control laws. I’m not a gun guy. I don’t like them. I fear the possibility of my children being hurt by a gun either in my home or some other house.
But gun control seems like a less good answer than a security guard at the entrance to each school. Nobody gets in without clearing security first. It is inconvenient and unpleasantly restrictive, but better than trying to gain inventory control over every firearm in America.
As things stand now, I could walk into my child’s elementary school and do almost anything. There is no one to stop me. The ladies at the front desk might take note and try to get some response from visitors, but the actual security level is very low.
The fundamental purpose of government is protection. It is not welfare payments, the provision of insurance, the redefinition of marriage, or any number of other purposes we have adopted. Government is there to deter and punish those who do wrong. If we are going to have public schools, then perhaps we should make sure that there is only one way into a building and that any visitors have to get past an armed security guard. I can imagine few better uses of tax money than securing the place where we send our greatest treasures.