The cries of “do something” from the left have all been about curbing rights of the law abiding. This is all too predictable because the left never wants a good crisis to go to waste do they? But one Colorado school district is going to take steps that address the need for better security
The news following the Parkland massacre has focused primarily on efforts to impede the rights of people who had nothing at all to do with Parkland. The anti-gun left wants to inhibit the rights of law-abiding citizens in some misguided effort to stop the next shooting, which will still happen no matter what you do.
However, a small school district in Colorado is addressing the situation differently. They’re expanding gun rights in an effort to combat school shootings. And not just any expansion, but one that will directly impact these kinds of shootings.
A rural Colorado school district decided Wednesday night to allow its teachers and other school staff to carry guns on campus to protect students.
The Hanover School District 28 board voted 3-2 to allow school employees to volunteer to be armed on the job after undergoing training.
The district’s two schools serve about 270 students about 30 miles southeast of Colorado Springs, and it takes law enforcement an average of 20 minutes to get there. The district currently shares an armed school resource officer with four other school districts.
Board member Michael Lawson backed the idea not only as way to protect students from a mass shooting, but also as protection against possible violence connected with nearby marijuana grows, which he believes are connected with foreign cartels, the Gazette of Colorado Springs reported.
Of course, there were those who refuse to see reality.
School board President Mark McPherson said a survey showed the community was split on the issue. While staffers would get some training, the retired Army officer said he didn’t think it would be enough to help them respond effectively to an active shooter. He worries what would happen if they fired and missed in a classroom.
“We need to leave that to the professionals,” said McPherson, who also worries about the risk posed by just having the guns in the school building and how they would be stored.
Of course, because some people are convinced that self-defense with a gun is simply impossible. Of course stats show that armed self-defense is not rare. And arming teachers not only gives teachers a tool to meet a mad man with deadly force, but, it also serves as a deterrent. Remember almost every single mass shooting has happened in a “gun-free” zone. Those intent on wreaking havoc are not stupid, they much prefer soft targets.
Also, over 15 million Americans carry firearms legally, yet, very, very, very few ever have neglgent discharges, or do anything wrong with that weapon. Also, as Tom Knighton points out in districts that do allow armed teachers, there have been no incidents.
Do something? Yes, tighten background check records. And accept the reality that self-defense is a good thing, and that being a disarmed victim is not somehow morally supperior to be armed.