News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 27, 2014

RONN MOTT: Guns and Schools

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — I guess I just don’t get it. Perhaps I’m not smart enough. Those who don’t agree with me very often probably think that is the problem — me not being smart.

The idea that children will be safer if you have a gun in your car in the school parking lot, or somewhere on school grounds, leaves me with the traditional “Duh!” I don’t wish to poke fun at those honest citizens who “pack” and hope they will be able to do something good in the way of helping family or neighbors in the event of a crisis, but often in those situations innocent people get shot.

You see, it isn’t only schools, but also sports and recreation areas the school activities operate on. What happens when a young man sees the girl he is madly in love with spending time with another guy. In anger, he runs out to his car or truck, grabs his pistol, goes back into the venue and confronts the other boy, and someone gets shot or, perhaps, killed. You have to assume if the guns are at home he may have time to cool off in this scenario.

This smells like the National Rifle Association and the odor is bad for America. The NRA contributes millions of dollars to right-wing candidates for their support in the halls of legislatures. And this one smells just like that. Wayne LaPierre has his operatives everywhere. If there is a legislative bill that has anything to do with guns, the NRA is always sniffing around and attempting to influence these various legislators.  

I don’t know how many people we have to kill before we realize not everyone should have a gun. The gun manufacturers are as happy as clams in garlic sauce, and that’s a ditto for those who make the ammunition. And it is hurtful, forever, for the parents of all the dead children who were victims in school shootings. Those parents, and others who have lost loved ones in theaters, in the streets, in shopping malls, etc., have holes in their lives that cannot be filled.

I believe in the Second Amendment of the Constitution and fully support the idea that our forefathers wrote. I think everyone should have a 32-caliber deer rifle for the protection of their hearth and home, and to grab up and go to defend the nation. A muzzle-loader was the gun the forefathers were writing about, not a Glock, not a semi-automatic machine gun, just a plain old muzzle-loading rifle.

I’m left with the image of the man who was sending a text to his house for his babysitter to read. Another man in the theater did not want him to do it and shot him when he would not stop texting. The young father is dead and the man who shot him is a trained police officer, retired, and working as a security person. If a trained person who was once a law officer feels obligated to shoot someone over texting, not a single human being is safe from an angry person toting a gun.

I, for one, would hope for common sense from our lawmakers, and for not being stooges for the NRA.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.