Open Forum: When evil lurks . . .

Posted: December 29, 2012

Hooray for Gov. McDonnell. He finally said what too many have failed to even think. It’s time to act on violence. We don’t need more hand-wringing. We don’t need more “Gun-Free Zone” signs. We don’t need more study.

And, finally, we don’t need more rules and laws in a culture where there’s been a growing disregard for the rule of law ever since authority was thrown out the window back in the ’60s. More rules won’t solve a thing when authority to enforce rules is absent. In fact, having more rules in this kind of environment will likely cause even more disregard for law and further violence against a neutered authority.

Authority needs to be reestablished, not diminished. Removing the ability for law-abiding citizens to be the ultimate authority in life, when the authority that does exist isn’t around to provide it, only emboldens those who have no regard for authority and the rule of law.

The rejection of authority can be best attributed to what often is referred to as convoluted thinking. Convoluted thinking runs amok in many of our culture’s institutions which are, by and large, headed by bungling bureaucrats employed by the Circumlocution Office that’s found in Dickens’ book, “Little Dorrit.”

Convoluted thinking found in Circumlocution Offices throughout the country has had perhaps the most damaging impact in two vital sectors of the economy — aviation and education. Having experience in both worlds, I can personally attest to this in my role as an armed Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO), and substitute teacher.

If we look at aviation at the start of the ’60's, captains of airplanes were no longer able to protect themselves or their passengers against violence directed toward them. Guns that pilots carried up until that time began being viewed as a threat to a “peaceful” existence. Thus, pilots were prohibited from carrying firearms. Those bent on committing violence naturally saw this as having been given a green light to engage in murder and mayhem aboard federal air carriers. And so it began.

No surprise that shortly after placing convoluted thought into action, the industry would begin to suffer for decades with an onslaught of violence never seen before, including armed hijackers, murdered passengers, and planes being blown up on tarmacs.

But 9/11 changed all that. Since marshals began flying again and pilots began to carry guns as they and myself once did, there has not been a single occurrence of an armed passenger attempting to take over an airplane. Captains of airplanes have once again been given the ultimate authority that ought to exist, and it is working.

Such an approach should be undertaken at government schools as well. At present, absolutely nothing has changed since Newtown. Classrooms are just as dangerous as they were before Christmas, not only in Connecticut but in every other state. Authority must be restored in schools as it has been on airplanes.

We can count on the left’s vitriolic opposition to this, much like what was experienced with aviation after 9/11. We can count on the same hollow arguments and emotional pleas opposed to having guns in schools that were made in opposing guns in airplanes. Yet guns on planes have worked beautifully this past decade, much like they did before convoluted thinking took over. Those intent on violence know they’ll be met with deadly force, an idea schools haven’t figured out yet.

The current strategies in dealing with attacks on children in classrooms reminds me of the 1950s’ “duck and cover” policy used in government schools. What were they thinking, expecting school children to crawl beneath their desks and cover their heads in the event of a nuclear attack, as if that would shield them from a 100 kiliton bomb.

Fast forward 50 years where children in today's world are subjected to ridiculous “lockdowns,” expecting children to survive behind locked doors as if a Glock or a simple shotgun couldn’t get through a door lock.

It should be quite troubling for any reasonable person that this same group of people who embrace convoluted thought is in charge of teaching young children how to think. As a substitute teacher I am confronted with such thinking that informs me I am prohibited from breaking up a fight in my classroom but must rely on a “trained professional” for ending any such violence that might be occurring.

Though I would never stand by helplessly watching one student pummel another while I wait for “a trained professional” to arrive, there are plenty of teachers who would. Such foolishness cannot continue to reign supreme in our nation’s schoolhouses. This insane approach to life must end now before another community has to bury its young.

Evil will not end anytime soon. Until such time, we would be wise to take meaningful action to defend our schools against it.

Bill Helbig is a resident of Berryville.