Now that we are putting the microscope on the latest mass shooting it is time to look again at who has guns, how they are monitored and what warning signs should trigger action by law enforcement (no pun intended).
The latest shooter in Florida at the airport seems to have merited a number of alerts, but, nonetheless, he possessed a big handgun, put it on his plane with ammo clips and turned it on passengers upon his arrival in Ft. Lauderdale.
It seems that the standards for military recruitment get lower and lower and bring in too many misfits, mentally challenged actors and shady individuals. This guy seems like a textbook case.
Among the notable examples of lowering standards for recruitment are the recently relaxed rules for courting single parents as army grunts. Great idea … take a single person who is probably financially and emotionally stressed and take them away from raising their kids to serve in the military. What could possibly go wrong with that model? How does that raise the likelihood that this un-parented child will become a social problem?
If we are serious about maintaining a credible force then this exclusively voluntary service model seems like a very poor way of doing business. Just as lax standards for hiring and monitoring law enforcement has had serious consequences for American citizens, imagine how this approach to recruiting is playing out in the field when American personnel go into foreign communities. We end up with crap like torturing prisoners and shooting innocent civilians. Isn’t there a better way to demonstrate American exceptionalism?
If this country wants to be hyper-patriotic, then what we really need is to have people of all socio-economic classes serving. We have become a nation of armchair citizens, isolated from the reality of armed conflict, relying too much on the poor, the unemployed and mentally challenged to serve in the military. The luxury of getting a bulge in our trousers every time we see a red, white and blue flag is a big problem. We have too many people who talk tough and brag about this country, when in reality all they are willing to do is hold some else’s coat while they go into a fight.
Since so many people seem to be enamored with Israel, perhaps we should adopt their model of national service and get back to the concept of the citizen-soldier. Compulsory service (sounds very socialistic doesn’t it). It would be healthy to have a few more Harvard and New York Military Academy grads out there with the real people. It might make for better citizenship and some sobering thoughts about the price of freedom.
And as for the mental veteran in Ft. Lauderdale, why in the hell do we allow guns and ammo to go together on airlines. The right to bear arms should not include the right to carry guns and ammo on a plane. Duh!
Time for a military lottery again and compulsory service. The whiter the military, the more likely good decisions are to come out of Washington. One exception as far as standards: I would allow bone spurs to be within the accepted norm. By the way Donald, how are your feet these days. I don’t see you limping. Let’s see your foot x-rays. Those were your x-rays that you used to avoid Vietnam weren’t they?