2/19/2018--Last week there was a massacre at a High School in Florida, and 17 precious students and teachers were killed. The response was the same as it is every time that there is an attack on the public in the United States..."we have to pass some more laws to prevent this from happening again."
While the response is understandable, please tell me which law would prevent something like this. Congress and State Legislatures have already passed countless laws pertaining to firearms and ammunition. And in each of these cases, the perpetrators have violated many of those same laws in the commission of their actions. Calls for additional legislation will do absolutely nothing to prevent acts like this in the future. They are simply US politics in action. Nothing more than ineffective measures to make voters feel good.
If the people of the United States are truly searching for a solution, there are places where solutions can be found. In the case of Public Schools, additional security is one that obviously is needed. It seems ridiculous in 2018 that any school would allow unlimited access to anyone off the street. There are schools in some major Cities which have had strong security in place since the 1980's or before. And I have never heard of a shooting at any of those schools.
One objection seems to be that it costs a lot of money to install good security. But tell me, what was the value of those 17 lives? Definitely much more than the cost of proper security.
And another solution which affected this case, but that can also affect massacres anywhere in the public sector are schools and law enforcement officials who not only look for warning signs, but who also act on those signs of an individual who is a threat. In Florida, the school officials were well aware that this student might be dangerous. And the FBI had also received a tip about the perpetrator of the crime months in advance. Following up on the tip, or the school involving law enforcement in Florida could have saved 17 lives, as well as preventing the injuries of others including physical and emotional scars which will be with them all their lives.
Yes, it is time to take action to prevent the next massacre. But that action needs to be something which works, not just something that makes you feel good until the next one occurs.
by Michael G. Griffey
1/10/2018--Immigration is a big subject now. And I happen to be an expert in the subject. Not because I wanted to be. But because I have lived it.
I have sponsored people to become legal residents to the United States from other Nations. Not an easy task. Especially when they were escaping from a Civil War in their native Country. But I did it without question. If it meant saving a life, I did it willingly and without hesitation.
But today, it has become just another political issue in the United States. And that bothers me a lot. Because being humane, and wanting to use an issue to get votes is a whole different issue.
This issue comes to my mind every 90 days when I have to leave the Country where I own property to get a new Visa. And at the same time, people who have illegally entered my Country are supposed to be forgiven for their illegal acts.
Suppose I decided that I would go to the Plaza of the Constitution in Guatemala and wave the US flag and demand my rights. Believe me, it would not go well for me. Because Guatemala, like every other Country on earth except the US actually enforces their immigration laws.
Yesterday, they had a story in the Prensa Libre, the top newspaper in the Country about a Russian family who came to Guatemala to in their words, "escape Russian oppression", and they bought documents which made them Guatemalans. The Father got sentenced to 16 years in Prison, and his Wife and Daughter got sentenced to 12 years in Prison.
Each year, billions, yes BILLIONS of US Dollars are sent by Guatemalans who are illegally in the United States to their families here. And of course, the government wants that to continue because it benefits their economy.
And me? A US Citizen who owns property in Guatemala and lives here? I can't work or make a dime because if I do, it will not end well. Oh, yes, I can claim my Wife for Residency. But I will have to pay a lot of money (more than they ever paid to live in the US) and wait quite a while to get that permit. Which is why I choose to leave every 90 days.
Sorry, but I find it difficult to feel sorry for people who have illegally entered my Country of birth. I am one of those people who have experienced the difference between the laws in the United States and the laws in other Nations. And if you are illegally in MY Country of birth, don't wave the flag of another Nation and demand your "rights" because you have the same rights as I have in yours...NONE.
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