More futile gestures to order the world to our liking

Greenwich is considering adding armed guards in each of our schools. No mention of a plan to install Jersey barriers around our playgrounds after the next lunatic, thwarted at school, turns to a softer target and plows into children at Bruce Park. When that happens, and it will, watch for a ban on pickup trucks.

Armored children’s clothing selling like crazy. Bicycle helmet? Check. Knee pads and gauntlets? Check. Goggles? Check. Armor plated shorts, hat and backpack? But no AR-15 Bushmaster? Why draw a line?

Town will burn violent video games. Remember when we sophisticates used to sneer at southern Baptists who burned rock albums in football stadiums? No more.

The group, a coalition of local organisations, says its actions do not assert that video games were the cause of the killings in nearby Newtown, but argues that violent games and films desensitize children to “acts of violence”.

That’s it: problem solved. If children could just be sensitive to others’ feelings, they wouldn’t go on shooting rampages. Amazing that it took so long for parents and clergymen to discover this.

Panic is an ugly, sad thing to observe, but at least there are those who know how to take political and financial advantage of it. To paraphrase our president, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.


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30 responses to “More futile gestures to order the world to our liking

  1. Daniel

    After 9/11 the nation’s panic allowed the Patriot Act to pass thus creating whole new government programs like Homeland Security and the TSA. How’s that working out for us? Just a bunch of kabuki theatre.

  2. LAK

    I want to live where theres no crime, no fear, peace. Is there such a place?
    Was there ever a great era to grow up in?
    Growing up in the 70’s/80’s was nice.

  3. Libertarian Advocate

    LAK: It has never existed, but liberals love to believe it could, and their statist masters are happy to indulge them in their fantasy.

  4. Anonymous

    Why not just ban schools? That will ensure that a school shooting never ever happens again. Save a bunch of money too.

    • Anon

      You’re not far off. The numbers of adults applying for certification as a home school teacher is staggering since Newtown.
      It’s not a choice I’d make for my children but for many, it’s the only option. No pesky school curriculum. No lousy teachers. Vacation when you want. Pray before class. No problem.

  5. Anonymous

    Re: the Journal News

    “That was the most asinine article I’ve ever seen,” said Walter T. Shaw, 65, a former burglar and jewel thief who the FBI blames for more than 3,000 break-ins that netted some $70 million in the 1960s and 1970s. “Having a list of who has a gun is like gold – why rob that house when you can hit the one next door, where there are no guns?

  6. LAK

    You’re right, I didnt. Big age difference!

  7. Riverside Chick

    I thought GHS head of security was armed

    • Anonymous

      If GPS does to school security what they’ve done to elementary math education – Everyday Math, the security staff occasionally will be allowed to look at a picture of a gun and describe its color, and practice saying: “bang” pause, then say “pow,” (no semi autos), with thumb and forefinger cocked, but of course not pointed at anyone.

      The Hartford bureaucrats, teachers unions, and the cause of social justice will be satisfied that Greenwich kids don’t enjoy the extra advantages of knowing computation and having security.

  8. AJ

    Why, next thing you know even the clam warden will be armed. Could it be the pearls?

  9. Peg

    Imagine there’s no heaven
    It’s easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today…

    Imagine there’s no countries
    It isn’t hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace…

    You may say I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world…

    You may say I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will live as one

    It was a nice song. But – that’s it. The world will live as one when human beings are altered from what they are today. And when we no longer have madmen who shoot people who write lyrics like this.

  10. Libertarian Advocate

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world…

    Ha. He was an accomplished capitalist playing on the naivete of his audience. Not unlike Obammy.

  11. Threat assessment teams I say.

    They are trying to bring back the ’70s with much fervor it seems. They are even entering people’s homes and taking things or re-arranging things like the Manson crews did in an attempt to promote some type of cause. Perhaps its it cause: Aren’t we all to blame for societys’ failure?

    When someone who had been creeping around my neighbors home, stealing parts of things outside which would render the entire object useless, they finally kicked in the door and rearranged their master bedroom. Why? Why? Why?

    They feed my dog which is evidence they are willing to share. He dug out to get to a large bone just on the other side of the fence once. I concreted that so then they had to go through the other neighbor’s yard to share my pet.

    Try as I may, I have had a difficult time convincing her I am not getting up in the middle of the night-dressed in an old wedding dress she cannot find since the opening of her front door via footwear-and shining a flashlight into a bedroom window to see what she’s up to.

    As a solution, I requested they secure their gate. I got a copy of the “Shawdow Government” instead-burned into a CD that I can educate myself with.

    Just like a passage from the Unseen Hand.

  12. GPD Folk

    To Riverside Chick: The GHS Security Director is not armed. The School Resource Officer is a uniformed Police Officer and he is armed.

  13. Riverside Chick

    GPD- Thank God!

  14. Anonymous

    Anyone who wants armed guards in their children’s schools should leave Greenwich and head back to the City.

  15. Riverside Chick

    Anon- You have obviously never been to GHS where there are 3,000 students in one building. You have never heard about almost daily incidents in the student center, many of them violent. Out of 3000 kids,are you are going to tell me that a small percentage of these kids are mentally off? Not to mention the influx of Russian kids whose parents all have guns and bulletproof cars (back country). Also these kids sell drugs (coke,pills). In many instances, if you sell drugs, you have a gun because you have alot of cash. I have kids in the HS , do you? Also, I’m from Greenwich.

  16. Anonymous

    Weren’t there armed guards at Columbine?

  17. Anonymous

    RChick – your generalizations are classic. Sounds like you’ve been watching too much TV. Probably been in Greenwich too long. You need to get out more and realize that school life in Greenwich is nothing like what you are depicting. Maybe your children’s imagination runs a little wild when they’re giving you an account of their day….

    • Greenwich Gal

      Anon – Riverside Chick is accurate. Many of the town arrests are at GHS. Most of the drug deals going down are there as well. You can’t imagine what happens in a large public high school! It is not pretty at all.

      • You want drugs and booze, private schools have the best variety. Don’t kid yourself by thinking otherwise.

      • Anonymous

        Ladies – this is not reality at all. Your imagination is running away with you. We know that some of you Greenwich gals get bored, when you don’t have your tennis coaches to entertain you, but really – making up this type of fiction is best left in the hands of the the tv folks.

  18. AJ

    One possible version of GHS from Riverside Chick’s perspective:

    Or perhaps she imagines it more like this:

  19. more cops great police state

    too many losers at ghs – if your school has a cop , time to seek out a private school. why cant towns hire private guards instead of loading on the cops. lightening strikes are indeed rare and no cop will be able to fend off a loose cannon