There is evil in the world. It does not exist in non-sentient, inanimate objects; it exists in people. Evil is stored in our hearts and then discharged in the form of lies, in the form of stealing, in the form of violence, etc.
While stealing is an evil that can be implemented using only our hands, violence is an evil that can be implemented using virtually any object. But the object itself is not evil; the object is the conduit, be it a fist, a hammer, a brick, a rock, a stick, or a gun.
Liberals seem to reside in a gated community of their minds’ own making, removed from the harsh realities of the world outside. If one man murders another with a gun, the gun is evil. If liberals were consistent in their logic, it would then follow that a thief’s hands are evil, not his heart.
When it is suggested that armed guards be placed in schools, just as they are at malls and museums and government buildings, the common argument from the liberal opposed to the notion goes, “I don’t want my children to live in a world where armed guards at schools is necessary.”
Despite reality’s non-conformity with their utopian desires, liberals, who acknowledge that the world is not a utopia, still prefer to pretend that it is. As long as they don’t want armed guards to be needed at schools, then armed guards shall not be needed. Liberals go about their lives as if their desired reality is reality.
I don’t want to live in a world in which anybody–be they government officials, shoppers at a mall, or children in a school–needs to be protected from evil; but only if evil did not exist would it ever be safe not to have security.
But evil exists. We cannot stop it; we can only defend against it. If someone decides to break into a preschool and use a club to bludgeon the soft skulls of innocent four-year-olds, he’s going to do so. That is the world we live in.
So adaptation is necessary. We may not desire to live in a world in which self-defense exists, but self-defense does exist because we live in a world in which offense exists. The argument from a liberal that he doesn’t want to live in a world in which armed security is needed, so let’s not have armed security–that is a dangerous, willful self-delusion.
We can pretend that we do not live in a world in which armed security is needed at schools and leave our kids undefended because it makes us feel warm and fuzzy, and then wonder at the ease with which someone can execute a whole classroom of kids, or we can acknowledge what is the reality and be pro-active about it by arming our schools with good men with guns.