“I think it’s a shame that the day somebody hears about a shooting, the first thing they think about is, ‘How can I go promote my gun control agenda?’ as opposed to saying, ‘How do I go pray and help the families that are suffering?'” – Congressman Steve Scalise
The Gun-Free Zones Act was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. The bill was sponsored by Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. of Delaware.
A brilliant idea because, after all, criminals always obey laws.
According to FoxNews.com…
The president asked for suggestions to prevent school shootings, leaving the floor open to parents and teachers.
A parent from Parkland High School suggested that a select few teachers, administrators, or other school employees volunteer to become a designated “undercover police officer,” to manage a potential tragedy prior to the arrival of first responders.
“If a tragedy strikes, can we wait for first responders to get to the campus minutes later?” the parent said. “The challenge becomes, once it starts, to end it as quickly as possible.”
The president said the administration would look “very strongly” at the option for “concealed carry” at schools, but acknowledged that “a lot of people will be opposed to it.”
“Concealed carry only works for people that are very adept at carrying a gun,” Trump said. “Where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them, go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun free zone.”
Trump added: “A gun-free zone to a maniac, they’re all cowards, it’s ‘let’s go in and attack because bullets aren’t coming at us.’”
The president said that an attack lasts, on average “three minutes.”
“It takes five to eight minutes for first responders. So the attack is over. If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end [the attack],” Trump said. “We are looking at that very strongly. A lot of people will be opposed to it. A lot of people are gonna like it.”
Trump suggested having “20 percent of your teaching force” representing the “type of talent” capable of concealed carry. Trump also floated the idea to add security, like former “marines, people who left the Air Force” to be “spread evenly throughout the school.”
President Trump makes a solid point. You never hear of a mass murder at a Target Range…or any other area which allows Concealed or Open Carry.
John Lott is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and the author of “More Guns, Less Crime”. In an article he authored for National Review titled “A Look at the Facts on Gun-Free Zones”, which was posted on 10/20/2015, he wrote that
Obviously, gun-control advocates don’t think that deterrence works. Despite statements from the killers themselves, they don’t think that rampage shooters factor the presence of guns into their plans. Most of these shooters want to go out with a bang and take a lot of people with them. They tend to be antisocial, attention-starved people. They want their names to be remembered.
These killers know that the more people they murder, the more media attention they will get. And they also know that the longer it takes for someone with a gun to appear on the scene, the more people they can kill.
If you still agree with gun-control advocates about deterrence, ask yourself if you would post a sign on your home announcing it was a gun-free zone. So why do we post these signs at public locations? There’s simply no good reason for it.
No. But, there is certainly a bad reason for it.
As Mr. Lott wrote, a Gun Free Zone Sign tells the bad guys where defenseless Americans are, like inviting a fox inside a chicken coop.
President Trump’s proposal is spot on.
As we have seen time and time again, by the time First Responders get to the scene of a Gun Massacre, they are too late and innocent lives have already been lost.
By training staff members and allowing concealed carry, psychopaths such as the Parkland High School Killer will think twice before coming onto a school property for a “turkey shoot”, as they will not know who is “carrying” and who is not.
If something such as the President has suggested is not implemented soon, we will be seeing tragedies like Parkland more often.
Why? The Liberals will tell you that it’s the guns’ fault and Americans own too many of them.
Well, first off, Americans have owned guns since this nation was born.
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads,
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
This Amendment was written by our forefathers to protect Americans from not only foreign enemies and despots, but, internal ones, as well.
And, that is what makes Liberals nervous.
You see, without that Second Amendment, and the protection that it provides American citizens, an out-of-control president could, through executive orders, take away our personal freedoms.
Not to mention the fact, that “If guns are outlawed, only Outlaws will have guns”.
Ask the people of Norway about that.
On Friday, July 22, 2011, a Norwegian gunman, disguised as a police officer beckoned his victims closer before shooting them one by one, claiming at least 84 lives, in a horrific killing spree on an idyllic island teeming with youths that left that peaceful Nordic nation in mourning.
The island tragedy unfolded hours after a massive explosion ripped through a high-rise building housing the prime minister’s office, killing seven people in a scene some likened to the aftermath of 9/11.
Per The Guardian, there was a reason that Breivik was able to kill so many innocent people:
The massacre on the island of Utøya is certain to lead to a security review, with particular stress on how Anders Behring Breivik obtained his weapons. Norway already has some of the toughest gun laws in the world, but they were apparently easily circumvented by the killer.
A licence is required to own a gun, and the owner must provide a written statement saying why he or she wants one. Many categories of guns, including automatics and some powerful handguns, are banned from sale altogether.
Hunting and outdoor sports are popular in Norway. But the laws are strict in these areas, too. Shotguns and rifles must be stored in a secure place, typically a specially designed gun safe, as must ammunition. Police have the right to inspect an owner’s home to ensure the law is being followed.
Transporting a weapon to a public place is also covered by legislation. The owner must have a good reason for carrying a weapon, must ensure it is unloaded and concealed from view, but not worn on the body, and must keep the weapon under constant supervision.
Under the Firearm Weapons Act, only “sober and responsible” persons over the age of 18 may obtain a gun licence. For handguns, the age requirement is 21. In 2009, additional legislation was introduced, further tightening Norway’s gun laws.
Perhaps because the laws are already so strict and gun crime is relatively rare, gun control is not generally considered a political issue in Norway, unlike countries such as the US where a citizen’s right to bear arms is guaranteed by the constitution and fiercely defended.
Gentle readers, the burden of responsibility in the aftermath of a senseless massacre such as the one which occurred at Parkland High School, needs to be singularly placed on the individual who planned and committed the heinous act, instead of the focus being placed upon the instrument he used.
After all, when have you ever witnessed, or even heard of, a gun pulling its own trigger?
If that were the case, Mississippi’s population would be significantly diminished as we are an Open Carry State.
And, we’re doing just fine, thank you.
However, I realize that I might as well be writing in Mandarin, in deference to any Liberals who are reading this post.
As the Great American Economist and Political Pundit Thomas Sowell once wrote,
“As for gun control advocates, I have no hope whatever that any facts whatever will make the slightest dent in their thinking – or lack of thinking.”
Until He Comes,