Liberty is not free.
Our Founding Fathers routinely spoke about the cost of Tyranny and the cost of Liberty.
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
— Thomas Jefferson
One of the things Jefferson was saying here is that for Liberty to be retained blood must be spilled. Sometimes it is metaphoric blood, sometimes it is real actual red blood. In the best cases, this blood will be that of people like Saddam Hussein and not our soldiers. But in some cases, it will be the blood of innocents who are killed by tyrants. This includes petty tyrants looking to make a name for themselves by shooting up schools.
Something, by the way, that would not happen if we honored the Constitution as written. Shall not be infringed means NO GUN FREE ZONES. It also means EVERY single person would have the right and option to protect themselves.
Would that stop all killings? Would it stop all mass shootings?
Definitively, no. But it would greatly reduce the body count. Evil exists and evil will find the cracks in the law (or work around them), but when they act and one or more people are armed and able to stop them… the body count drops dramatically. I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but they are something like… mass shootings stopped by the authorities average just under 15 dead. Mass shootings (attempts) encountering / stopped by an armed citizen average just under 3 dead.
Even if I was not worried about the erosion of liberty and personal responsibility; that would be enough t get me to want, nay DEMAND the ability to carry everywhere.
This brings me to another quote by a different Founding Father.
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
— Benjamin Franklin
Some say allowing guns in schools will kill kids in the crossfire. If my numbers are accurate (and they are pretty close). The concerned armed citizen would have to kill 10+ people in the crossfire. I am pretty sure that is NOT going to happen.
Liberty has a cost.
it costs personal responsibility
it costs personal sacrifice
it costs removing the veil of “feeling” safe behind feel good laws and replacing it with actions that will reduce risks and increase survival rates
it costs the lives of those taken by those who chose to abuse the liberties afforded to all
it also costs society, to be willing to truly provide SEVERE consequences to those who break the social compact. Death penalty (and not 20 years later)
it also requires the majority of the populace to be virtuous and just
Despite these costs, Liberty is ALWAYS worth it.