We see too often stories of a person shooting up a school and killing people. Once is too many in my opinion. What we also witness is the usual reaction from the media and those that want to infringe on your right to keep and bear arms- make the gun out to be the culprit. This idea could not be further from the truth or reality.
Let me start by saying that there is NO way that all school shootings can be prevented. We have crazy and just plain evil people in this world who have no regard for the sanctity of life and will sacrifice life for a myriad of twisted reasons. There is no way known to stop all of these people before they kill someone. Anybody who claims to have the “solution” is a peddler of lies. Freedom can be dangerous. But the alternative is invariably worse.
Let me also state, that while tragic, this is not an epidemic. There are plenty of ways a youth can die, a school shooting is near the bottom of the list. The only reason this has become headline news is the opportunity for gun grabbers to push their un-American agenda of gun control. The high majority of those in the media are anti-gun and will use any story to push their agenda. These stories also invariably involve children which is a ratings booster. I am not minimizing the tragedy here by any means. Just putting them in perspective.
Let me further state that this is just a symptom of a bigger problem- Government malfeasance. Our government at all levels on a daily basis breaks the law. Anyone who has studied the Constitution realizes this fact. Anyone who understands the founding principles of this country also understands this simple truth. These lawless acts have been so persistent in recent history that they have become the norm for most Americans.
The truth of the matter- There is no way to eliminate these shootings, but there is a way to minimize both the frequency and impact of these shootings:
The idea of gun free zones is a very recent event in our country. This legislation was championed by Joe Biden and signed into law by George Bush in 1990. Since then we have seen school shootings on a too regular basis. This experiment in unconstitutional government is a big failure. The idea, and the legislation, must be eliminated.
We have created hunting grounds for the mentally and morally deranged. These crazies know that if they enter a school with a gun, only they and any police that may be there are armed. They have superior power to do with what they want. This is conducive for the cowards who want to shoot up a school. It creates a soft target that will attract these loonies. Eliminating gun free zones will stop some from entering school grounds because they are cowards and do not want to face opposition in their evil acts.
Allowing teachers, administrators or anyone else who works on school property to carry a gun will most likely minimize the severity of the attacks when they do occur. Allowing people who work in these areas to defend their lives and the lives of children is only common sense. If their is a shooter in a school ask yourself this question- would you rather be have a gun or not? When seconds count. police are minutes away. Not a criticism of police but a fact of the matter.
I am not saying to arm these people. No one gets a gun bought for them or special training. There are already plenty of people proficient with guns who work in schools. If gun free zones were eliminated and school employees were allowed to carry, we would see the free market provide all that is needed for employees to be effective. There are already gun trainers offering reduced cost or free lessons for people to take. We MUST keep government out of this activity. They do nothing but make things more expensive and less efficient. This must and will be supported by the people.
I am also not espousing that teachers acting like Rambo are the norm either. A teacher in a classroom that has a bead on the door of the room will be very effective is a shooter decides to come through that door. Most of us are aware of the teachers who used their bodies and actions to protect children. How much more effective could they have been if they were armed? Imagine a janitor that is armed. They know all the nooks and crannies of their school. They could position themselves in a place where the shooter is and under cover offer resistance. How about the multitude of military veterans that work in schools and have experience in warfare? Their are a uncounted ways that armed school personnel could be effective. Not so if they are unarmed.
Lastly, we all have a right to defend our life, liberty and property. The federal government has overstepped its authority in its creation of this steaming pile of legislation. The idea that a person who works in a school has any less of a right to life than others is a ludicrous idea.
These hunting grounds for the morally and mentally challenged must be eliminated. If you really care for the children then let’s get past the rhetoric and make some good happen:
I have started a group, The Coalition to End Gun Free Zones (which can be found at cegfz.org), to make a positive change in our country. This era of unconstitutional government must be attacked and eliminated. The children must be able to grow up in a free society. We were bequeathed liberty by our ancestors. it is incumbent on us to pass that gift on to future generations. Their is no greater legacy we can give to the billions that will follow.
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