- NRA Executive Director Wayne LaPierre spoke this morning about the greatness of America and her citizens. He said quite a few things; one of them in particular resonated with me.
- He mentioned the Sandy Hook Principal, Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed when she attempted to overtake the shooter. It’s simply not right, he said, when gun laws leave as the school’s only defense an unarmed woman rushing toward a gunman. No one should require that level of sacrifice from someone else, he concluded. — This is simply inarguable. Had Mrs. Hochsprung been armed – with any number or variety of weapons – she would very likely have been able to stop the shooter. But as it was, laws prohibited her from carrying a gun on school grounds, and she was killed as she was forced to resort to her bare hands. I ask: if a school can not trust its administrators with firearms, then who can be trusted?
- As I considered Dawn Hochsprung’s dilemma, I was moved deeply. What an awful thing – to be entrusted with the care of hundreds of students, and in this worst of moments, to be completely unequipped to protect them. To be forced to choose between hiding behind a desk or door and confronting a shooter with nothing but her bare hands. Dawn Hochsprung chose the latter; her death was not only heroic, but truly tragic. And as I imagine Dawn Hochsprung in that moment, I imagine the overwhelming flood of emotions and decisions she must have been processing. I imagine she sensed an opportune moment, and ran toward the shooter. And as I see her running, and him swinging his gun toward her, a question emerges. But my question is not: “Who put that gun in the hands of the shooter?” My question is: “Who took a gun out of the hands of Dawn Hochsprung?”
I commend the NRA for its proposal of a school safety program that would put an armed individual on every campus, and for its willingness to contribute financially to see that happen.