John Venlet tells the story exactly right with respect to school shootings — or any publicity shootings for that matter.
…as helpless citizens of the state, we must be kept cowering in the
corner, rather than presuming we have any ability to protect ourselves
from the various evils lurking in the world on a daily basis.
It’s like the employee from hell who goes around saying "Hey, that’s my job" all of the time, rather than being primarily concerned with whether a job even needs doing, and if so, actually doing it or ensuring it’s done. It’s the same thread that runs through labor unions: the scaffold guys can’t plug in equipment because the electricians have to do it, and so on. It’s just another of the many forms of forced and coerced protectionism, and what’s being protected is always either a fake job or a job that’s overstaffed, where someone is superfluous. Otherwise, what’s to protect?
You can look it up if you like, but in point of fact, far more crime is directly deterred on the spot by everyday people than the police could ever hope to achieve. The police are there to come clean up the mess, investigate, and file reports so that the state has the data necessary to justify its bogus policing activities: up-staffing, budget increases, and purchases of increasing amounts of military gear so as better to "protect and serve." That is: when they’re not already out getting their rocks off terrorizing innocent people — or petty thieves, gamblers, or dopers — with SWAT teams, body armor, machine guns, flash-bang grenades, and jack-boots (to go right along with their thuggery).
The story behind the story is far more grave, going beyond the mere "justification" for the state. The real story is that when it comes to matters like self-defense, we’re talking about people’s lives. Their real lives; lives that are theirs to live for their own sake, not your sake, and not for the sake of bogus police press conferences, back-pat ceremonies, or demagoging politicians of either side to be "tough on crime," calling for more "cops on the street."
The sad reality is that when it comes to those sorts of people who seek positions of power to rule your life, your life is completely disposable to their endeavors to hold power. They may be gratified when something does occasionally go right and they get an actual bad guy and save a good guy, but it’s not essential.
They win either way, and they’re not about to give up a ‘heads I win, tails you lose’ scenario.
Be smart, folks. Be always skeptical, and when it comes to the good-sounding rhetoric of the state: icy cold cynical.