No due process.
No Second Amendment protected rights.
This is not the first state which has passed laws similar to this. Chances are that it won't be the last.
Where do we draw the line between liberty and safety? Are rights inherent or are they bestowed and revoked by government?
On the surface Oregon's Senate Bill 719, which easily passed the House and is heading now for Governor Kate Brown's signature, sounds great. It sounds like crisis situations will be averted. It makes people feel like they are helping. However, when you look at the facts beyond the feelings, there is no due process in this law. Any family member or police officer can allege that someone is a threat, citing very little evidence before a judge, and that person loses their right to protect themselves. They are deemed guilty before they have the opportunity to prove their innocence. At that time, their property must be forfeited to the state or it will be seized by force.
They must then prove to the state that they are "safe" in order to regain their constitutionally protected rights as well as their personal possessions.
Are you willing to forfeit your rights for the illusion that a truly unhinged and dangerous person would not simply steal a gun, buy a gun stolen gun, or use a different type of weapon to enact whatever destruction they are bent on?
Should those who are falsely accused in courtrooms across the nation everyday have their rights stripped away by a law which only serves as a feel good, ignore the root of the problem, at least it looks like we care about helping people, power grab?
Of course not. Unfortunately, this is in fact the trend we are witnessing and it is spreading rapidly.
So, which will it be, America?
Will we hold fast to the illusion of safety or to our inherent right to actually keep ourselves safe?
Before I allow my child to play with your child, there is something must ask...
As I'm sure you've noticed, there's been a recent campaign revolving around firearms and friends, children's sleepovers and playdates, in particular. The parent of one child is to ask the parent of the other child(ren) if they *gasp* own a firearm.
This social experiment is being promoted as a way to ensure the safety of your child.
The promoters are encouraging people to ask tough questions such as; do you have guns in your home, how do you secure the guns in your home, do you ever carry your gun on your person, where do you keep the ammunition, what kind of background and training do you have, and other incredibly personal and highly invasive questions.
Call me skeptical and old fashioned, but if I don't know the parent well enough to trust them with their potential guns, I'm not liable to trust them to be honest about their guns. Furthermore, and more importantly, I am certainly not going to trust them with caring for my child(ren).
It is my job, as a parent, to protect my children. If that means no sleepover at little Tommy or Suzie's house, because I don't know their folks, so be it.
Protecting my children also means that I ensure they have the training to be safe around guns even if others around them do not. There are many programs and courses available nationwide, such as (but not limited to) the NRA's Eddie Eagle program, information through organizations like Childsafe, or even good old fashioned teaching by parents, to train children to understand and utilize gun safety.
Parents cannot be with their child 100% of the time. That's just reality. We must ensure that they have the wherewithal to be alert and educated enough to recognize and take action to remove themselves from a situation where someone is being unsafe (firearm or not).
Do the parents asking about gun ownership also ask about prescription drugs, swimming pools, parked cars, and refrigerators? Do they ask if anyone in the home has ever gotten a speeding ticket? Do they ask if anyone in the home has a history of domestic violence? Do they ask, perhaps, if the parents have ever drank an alcoholic beverage and then climbed behind the wheel of a car? All of these things either have the opportunity to be, or statistically been proven to be, as potentially dangerous as having a gun in your home.
Then again, as all of us rationally thinking gun owners already know, this nosey neighbor campaign is not, and was never, actually about safety. Instead, it was yet another not so veiled attempt to publicly shame those of us who exercise our Second Amendment protected right to protect ourselves and our families.
The antis can whine, cry, and try to use our children in a play for emotional extortion (ie, if you own guns your kid will be friendless and lonely). Yet, we are not ashamed. We are parents. It is our job to keep our children safe when they are with us. It is our responsibility to teach our children how to keep themselves safe when we are not with them. We take that job and responsibility very seriously.
Should you wonder, if you or your child is visiting our home, we will take your safety just as seriously.
Four words can change a life.
“Lockdown. Not a drill”
Is this really happening right now? What do I do? Is the door locked? A panicked shout of confirmation comes from across the room. “Locked!’ The lady in the blue sweatshirt just checked to be sure. Now she, along with the rest of us, were frantically looking around the room for a safe haven somewhere among the student desks and shelves full of books which lined the classroom. There is no cover to be found. We are left resorting to attempt to find concealment in this sudden and sickening game of hide-and-seek.
Crash! Pop! Pop-pop-pop! Shrieks and gunfire are coming from the other side of the wall.
The older gentleman standing next to me abruptly demands help turning the table at the back of the room over. As he is raking it’s contents onto the floor my mind races. “Help me!” he pleads again. I grab the end I’m standing next to. As I am turning this table onto it’s side, the gunfire keeps sounding. Was that eight rounds now? Or was it ten? I’d lost track. The man is motioning for me to get behind the overturned table with him. I know it’s not going to stop a bullet. I know that once the gunman gains entry into the room he will know people are hiding in this obvious spot. What can I do? I was trained to lock the door, hide, and wait. So, I climb behind the table and the man pats me on the shoulder. Out of habit, I nod and try to force a grateful look. On the other side of the plaster wall the gunman is still laughing. Making jokes about fish in barrels and shouting, “Gotcha!” as he fires again and again. I can hear people screaming. People I just saw, people I just spoke to; screaming, yelping, and all the while the gunman is laughing. The firing stops. All I can hear now is my heartbeat in my ears. Ba bum-ba bum-ba bum-Bang!
The door! The lock held.
Bang! Bang-bang-crack! He’s in. I look at the older man next to me. He looks defeated, weary. I must look the same to him. We know what is coming. Footsteps, then that laugh again. “I wonder what’s behind that overturned table?” Pop! “Thought you could hide behind the door, did ya?” Pop-pop! That shelf didn’t help you did it?” Pop! “I can see you!” One by one, he makes his way around the room. He has time to spare, jokes to make. He even stops to lean on a desk and laugh at one lady who is trying to hide behind a stack of textbooks. Pop! He is right on the other side of the table now. I hold my breath. Pop! The man next to me is shot, point blank. I’m next. I did exactly what I was told by my school administrators to do. I did everything just as they said. I look up...Pop!
We are back in the library now. Nervous, rattled, and trying to joke about the welts the airsoft gun used in the training had left on us. We had all just sat in this room for an hour listening to Lieutenant Curtis Hall and Lieutenant Doug Waterman, from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, tell us about the active shooter training program, ALICE. They explained that mass shootings, more aptly referred to as active killing events, since not every mass killing event is executed with a gun, has over the years had one common denominator. They happen in gun free zones. Areas where the criminal can do the most damage with the least amount of personal risk. Lt. Hall pointed out that the average response time to a 911 call in our district is between five and six minutes. However, that does not include the time it takes for someone to realize the severity of the situation, get to a phone, physically dial 911, be connected to the proper dispatch for the district, convey the distress to the dispatcher, and dispatch contacting the emergency responders in the area of the event. All of those variables, provided the gunman doesn’t find and kill the person making the call before they can go through all of these steps, extend the response time to somewhere between ten to twelve minutes.
Research has shown that the average active shooting event lasts around ten minutes, and as reported in The Stopwatch of Death, on average one to two people are killed per minute, not including those who are injured and survive. Therefore, in twelve minutes, the odds are that we will have 24 children and adults die while we hide and wait for the police to come rescue us from behind overturned tables and stacks of books.
Ever since the tragic events at Columbine High School in April of 1999, police have known that teaching our children to cower in fear behind their desks or in a closet does not save lives. We as a nation witnessed that fact again during the killing spree at Virginia Tech in April of 2007 and then Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012.
Yet, across the nation our children and their school staff are still being trained to turn off the lights and hide in a corner. They are not given the chance to escape or fight back in any way. They are being trained to wait their turn to die.
Lt. Hall does not believe that hiding and waiting to be shot by an armed intruder is the best option we have available. He quotes Theodore Roosevelt, “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” He is concerned for the lives of our children and how they will react to life threatening encounters as they grow into adults. He fears that we are being trained from early childhood to be, “sheep stuck in a pen, awaiting slaughter, because we’ve been trained to hide.”
The ALICE program is based on easily learned and adaptable principles. ALICE is simply an acronym which we use to asses each unique situation and deduce the most effective method of survival. Afterall, that is the goal, to survive.
A - Alert: give as much accurate and updated information, to as many people as you can, as fast as you can; call, text, facebook, twitter, scream, send someone, use the intercom system, any method of communication you have available, get the information out
L - Lockdown: We must learn when to lockdown, is there a code? How do you lockdown? Do you lock the door? Does it lock from the inside or the outside? Do you turn off the lights? Do you barricade? What is concealment and what is cover? When should the door be opened?
I - Inform: (Much like Alert) Give as much information to as many people as possible. Give accurate and updated information in real time. Inform about everything from the active killer's clothing, to what weapon he is using, to where he is, and who has been contacted. Be flexible. The key is to give the victims the chance to determine which option is best taken at any given moment to increase the odds of survival.
C - Counter: Noise, screaming, banging tables or chairs. Distance, how far are you from the shooter, can you get further away? Movement, running past a distracted shooter through a doorway, running in zigzag patterns away from the shooter. Disturbance, throwing anything and everything that is not nailed down at the shooter. Attacking is a last resort, but given the choice of waiting to die and trying to survive, attacking may be your last best option. It’s a continuous series of Observe - Orientate - Decide - Act. As Lt. Hall remarked, “Make the bad guy react to what you are doing instead of you waiting to react to what he is doing.”
E- Evacuate: Run, get out, get away, find safety. Previously settle on a reunification point and once it is safe to do so, meet there. Do not try to use your car, run. Cars cause traffic jams and give the killer the opportunity to find another group of unarmed people to continue his attack.
Lt. Hall stresses that victims resolve two and a half times more incidents than police officers do simply because the victim is on scene and the police officer is not. He reiterated, “If you have to wait for the cops to show up, you are waiting too long.”
These students being forced to hide in the dark and wait their turn to die are our children. The school staff are our spouses, our family members, our neighbors, our friends. What are we doing to protect these vital members of our communities? Putting up plastic signs? Will those signs disarm a person with evil intentions? Will the sign stop a bullet? Can that sticker you walk past on the door everyday save a single life? No, of course they can’t. Signs cannot, and will not, create crime free zones. They are not metal detectors or security guards. They are not first responders. They are pieces of painted plastic that announce that the individuals inside are unable to defend themselves.
There are a number of other programs being taught across the nation in every classroom setting, from elementary through the college level, such as FASTER [fastersaveslives.org] which takes the basic principles learned in this course a step further by implementing concealed carry staff members and first aid trauma training. Both Ohio and Colorado have recently been in the news for using this training program.
Whether your school district is campus carry friendly or not. We must ask ourselves what we are doing to protect the most vulnerable among us as they seek an education. If the only thing standing between your child and someone who wants to commit murder is a sticker and a lock on a door, you must go to your school board and demand that training be made available district wide. Our future, our children’s lives, are at stake. There is no time to waste. We must take action today.
Two years ago Kansans reclaimed the Second Amendment as their gun permit. Now, the nationally debated issue of Campus Carry has also become state law.
Permitless carry, often called constitutional carry, went into effect on July 1, 2015. If you will recall there was a massive push of resistance from the anti gun crowd saying everything from how Kansas was going to dissolve into wild west style showdowns, rivers of blood running through the streets, people would be shot to death by the thousands over parking spaces, and we would be riddled with epic shootouts at little league games all across the plains. They claimed that having average people be able to carry concealed firearms made everyone less safe.
Well, how's that been working out over the past two years? What is the reality of the situation?
Unfortunately, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention's published statistics only go up to 2015.
So, we will have to wait another year or two for statistical evidence as to what we are witnessing everyday here in the Sunflower State.
So far, it seems as though more people are reporting the use of firearms for self defense. It seems as though violent crime has either dropped or it has stayed the status quo. However, given that even the Washington Times reported that, "according to the latest report, concealed carriers are among the most law-abiding citizens in the country, even more so than police officers" there is a good chance to believe that those exercising their right to carry concealed are not going on crime sprees as the left so vehemently foretold. There have been no wild west style shootouts. No streets stained with rivers of blood. No drastic crime increase. No thousands of women robbed of their firearm and shot to death with it. Come to think of it, we haven't even seen the drastic number of gun related accidents the anti's predicted. Weren't we told that those accidental shootings were supposed to overflow out of emergency rooms across the state?
Yes, well, much like everything else they have used to try to manufacture a panic over permitless carry, it has been two years and we haven't witnessed any of their predictions come to pass.
Now that Campus Carry has gone into effect here in Kansas, we have heard the same worn out arguments, the same hype and hysteria, the same pseudo outrage, the same wailing and gnashing of teeth. Yet, as we've learned from passing concealed carry in 2006, making open carry state law as opposed to county law in 2014, and then permitless carry in 2015, the emotional blackmail that the anti gun activists try to use to infringe on our Second Amendment protected right is simply another tactic in control. It has never been about facts and logic. It has never been about safety. It has always been about restricting the inherent, constitutionally protected, right to defend ourselves against those who have evil intentions.
Starting July 1, 2017 those who meet the legal requirements to lawfully carry a concealed firearm, can finally exercise that right on our college campuses. They will be free to keep themselves and others safe, as opposed to hiding behind the failed social experiment of gun free zone signs. I venture to guess that in another two years, when we look back on this day, it will be strikingly similar to when we look back on our constitutional carry law. We will find that our Kansas citizens are safer because they have taken the personal responsibly to keep themselves safe.
We will also surely find that the anti gun rhetoric was void of any truth whatsoever, as usual.
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