This piece was quite refreshing to read. Not necessarily because it's perfect or will solve everything, but rather because it wasn't more of the same old two sides yelling at each other "conversation" we've been getting on gun control.
In it, the author relays some of the ideas put forth by Alexis Haller whose nephew was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary. Haller sent suggestions to the White House task force on gun violence. Many of them make good sense but you wouldn't know they existed if you just listented to Obama and Biden.
Haller's proposals, including a reporting requirement if you have knowledge of a grave threat and establishing a standard for securing firearms, are meant to change the norms in our society rather than grab headlines:
Haller is staying out of the fight over the assault-weapons ban, which he fears will achieve nothing because it polarizes Congress and excludes so many kinds of guns. He developed his ideas in consultation with school-security and law-enforcement professionals. He also drew on a federal report issued after the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, which found that targeted violence at schools rarely results from sudden impulses and that others usually have some idea of the attacker’s plans. The reporting requirement is designed to increase the chances that information gets to the authorities.
The proposals don’t restrict the rights of responsible gun owners, and they aren’t attacks on gun culture. Instead, they seek to strengthen norms -- like the norm that firearms should be secured -- that are already present in that culture.
Meanwhile, back here in Texas, another unconventional approach to mass shootings at school has been getting quite a lot of play: allowing teachers with a CHL and additional training to have their gun in class.
A perfect solution? No, nothing is. But it's a reasonable proposal for some school districts. One part of the equation that's missing here is school choice. Many parents like or don't have a problem with their child's teacher having a gun. For those who do? They should be able to send their child to the school of their choice that has policies that line up with their values. But that's a whole other can of worms.