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Jon Alexander has raised some serious challenges to the concept of “arming teachers” to strengthen security in our schools. Allow me to shift the debate somewhat by adjusting its fundamental assumptions.
Speculation isn’t necessary
In the U.S. today, at least fourteen states have laws on the books which allow school boards to authorize concealed carry of firearms by school staff, under various conditions, while ten more states do not restrict concealed carry to school staff members only, although most of them still require specific, individual permission of the governing school board. The number is growing every year: last year, Wyoming joined; this year bills are pending in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Meantime, in Ohio alone, over 1,000 trained school staff members are carrying concealed handguns in more than one-quarter of the school districts in that state. In South Dakota, Texas, Colorado and other states, significant and growing numbers of school staff members are already legally carrying concealed firearms – while Utah has allowed anyone with a state concealed carry permit to carry a firearm on school property for going on 19 years.
So, this is not a new idea; quite the contrary. We have a considerable amount of experience with it, and because of the decentralized approach, wherein state laws and school board policies differ, we have quite a variety of experiments underway.
How is it working out? Famously. While mass shooters have not been particularly deterred by the presence of uniformed School Resource Officers (Columbine High School and Parkland, Florida being particular examples), there is no evidence of a single school shooting taking place in any district across the country where trained, non-law enforcement school staff members are carrying concealed weapons. Correlation is not causation, but that fact cannot be easily dismissed.
There are also zero examples of injuries resulting from the kind of mishaps commonly predicted by the skeptics: no accidental shootings, no rowdy students shot by frustrated teachers, no gun take-aways by students. They’re just not happening.
Of the 86 fatal shootings involving imitation firearms since 2015, the most common theme was mental illness: 38 of those killed had a history of it, according to their families and police reports. Fourteen of the calls were domestic disturbances. Ten others began as robberies. The remaining circumstances range from patrolling neighborhoods to serving arrest warrants to making traffic stops.
Are more laws needed to make a fake gun look fake to protect the person wielding it inappropriately?
Is the problem fake guns that look too real (whatever that means), or could other factors be at play?
Since people under a life or death situation (such as those described in the article) naturally achieve a sympathetic nervous system or (SNS) response which includes the loss of color vision; what modifications will be demanded when simply coloring guns differently doesn’t fix the problem?
It seems to me that the real problem is that some people choose to intimidate, coerce, or otherwise threaten other innocent people, and then other people react with appropriate levels of counterviolence when faced with someone acting in a manner that suggests that they or others are in immediate jeopardy of loss of life and limb.
As my friends in law enforcement say “You do stupid thing, you win stupid prizes.”
Using the force multipliers of shock, speed, and violence of action, a Georgia woman quickly routs the armed miscreants. Well done, we love it when the victim isn’t.
In Georgia, three armed would-be home invaders surely picked the wrong house when a woman came barreling in with her firearms, killing one of them. Security camera footage captured the attempted home invasion, showing the men flee as shots rang out. Two of the men are still at large. The local police department said this was a clear-cut case of self-defense. The men were shown to be carrying firearms when they entered her home (via WSB-TV):
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“… fortunately that citizen was is a concealed carry permit holder and armed and was able to defend himself by firing at the assailant… what I can tell you is thank God that citizen was armed, thank God that citizen was able to defend himself… and had he not been this maybe could have gone a much different terrible way… the assailant got what was coming to him.” – Tom Gibbons – Madison County State’s Attorney
The (intended) victim was dropping off a friend after work when the suspect attempted to rob him. He was able to defend himself by firing his concealed weapon at the robber. Detectives say the victim’s action saved his life.
“On October 9, the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) released a revised report showing that 92% of mass public shootings between January 2009 and July 2014 took place in gun-free zones.
The CPRC report was released in response to an Everytown for Gun Safety study claiming only 14% of mass public shootings took place in gun-free zones. Everytown actually claimed 86% of such incidents occurred in places where guns were allowed.
CPRC showed that the 86% claim rests on Everytown’s “inclusion of attacks in private homes” and “numerous errors in identifying whether citizens can defend themselves.” For example, Everytown “[ignores] rules that prevent general citizens from carrying guns [for self-defense]” in certain cities, and they fail to recognize that “allowing police to carry guns is not the same thing as letting civilians defend themselves.”
(Via.) Liberty Upward <—Click here to read more
“An Uber driver in Queens, New York, and a pizza delivery guy in Hollywood, Florida, were both held at gunpoint last week. What happened next to each driver could not have been more different.
The NY Daily News reports that just one week after Uber issued a strict anti-firearm policy for their employees and customers, a New York Uber driver was robbed. Staring down the barrel of a rifle, he handed over all of his money, and the gunman fled the scene.
The day before, Slayde Henry, a Domino’s delivery driver in Hollywood, Florida, was also held at gunpoint. However, what the would-be robbers didn’t know is that Henry was carrying a concealed handgun.”
(Via.) ijreview.com <—Read more here
Good thing this woman had access to a firearm. I know that there are a lot of people out there that think she shouldn’t, but I’m not one of them.
“A Detroit woman defended herself with gunfire early Tuesday morning when a group of men broke into her home.
The woman, who goes by the nickname Ms. Dee, said she was jolted awake around 2 a.m. when one of the men broke through her bedroom window of her home on Whitehill and pointed a gun in her face. Three or four more men followed behind.
‘I was able to get to my gun. They didn’t know I had it. By that time, it was just gunfire,’
She was hit in the foot and is expected to be OK. She said she believes at least one of the men was also shot.”
(Via.) News – Click on Detroit
“A man attempting to rob a group of people in a Newton County apartment early Friday morning made a targeting mistake. One of the people he attempted to victimize fought back and won.
A 30-year-old man was shot to death during an attempted home invasion in Newton County Friday morning.
It happened at around 2:35 a.m. at the Salem Terrance Apartments in the 3400 block of Salem Road.
Witnesses told police that three men and three women were inside the affected apartment. One of the women left the unit and encountered Quintavious Reed in a breezeway. Reed forced the woman back inside the apartment.
Investigators said Reed got into a struggle with one of the men inside the unit. The victim, who had a gun, fatally shot Reed.”
(Via.) Bearing Arms <— Read more here
“A Georgia man is being called a hero after shooting a carjacker, possibly saving the life of the woman who owned the car, who was clinging desperately to the vehicle’s hood.
Surveillance camera at Fast Track Car Wash in Smyrna, Georgia, captured the drama Friday afternoon as the concealed carrier saw the car being stolen with the woman clinging to the hood. He pulled his weapon from a holster under the waistband of his shirt and sprinted after the car before opening fire, striking the carjacker and bringing the chase to a sudden halt.”
(Via.) Bearing Arms <— Read more here