So, the Deerfield gun ban will go in effect June 13th. The city where NO gun violence has occurred in recent history yet they "feel" (and by feel I mean emotionally driven, crappy, trample on the rights of citizens so we anti gunners feel good law) they need to restrict the rights of their residents. Lets see, according to the Chicago Tribune, the rate of accidents by car (last year) at Lake Cook Road are 526 which is COINCIDENTALLY an area of HIGH CELL PHONE USAGE. (as stated by Deerfield Police Chief John Sliozis) NOW - One high school student who attended the Deerfield townhall meeting said this (and I will relate it to the cell phone comment below that....
"Sarah Gordon, 420 Carriage Way, is a Deerfield High School student. She feels both sides were
present today. Ms. Gordon reminded the Board that 560 Deerfield High School students walked
out of their classes last Wednesday in support of what is going on here and in solidarity with
Parkland Florida students. We are all responsible for our own behavior. But if you give a person
a gun, you give them a way to do horrible things. The Board is being preemptive. There may
not be an issue today, but there could be. This Ordinance is constitutional. She believes the
Board should take any and all actions to prevent a mass atrocity"
So by Sarah's own statement of taking preemptive action, I believe they should remove the PRIVILEGE of cell phone use from teens and adults to STOP cell phone prone accidents. If you give people a cell phone, they drive and do horrible things when they crash their cars... Her statement of "we are all responsible for our own behavior BUT... shows she really isn't grasping real life here and she really doesn't feel we are responsible for our own behavior.... (Like seriously contradictory here...) If you give people cars, you give them a way to do horrible things.... You give people knives, you give them a way to do horrible things.... You give people planes you give them a way to do horrible things and so on and so on.... we could do this all day. What I see in terms of peoples support of the ban? They FEEL its so good, you know just in case.... Wonder what their response to the Shotgun and .38 used in the recent school attack is, shall we ban them too? You know take preemptive action? If you think they will stop at "assault rifles" and "high capacity magazines" you are crazy....
You see, in this case the "high capacity magazines" it bans commonly owned handguns - such as my Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm. that holds 17 rounds... Not banning just the "scary looking long black guns" This is a way to slowly ban ALL guns period. Interesting to note that the Mayor of Highland Park (which the city has a ban on "Assault weapons" ) Nancy Rotering, is stated as wishing the state had a ban on them (meaning "assault rifles") .... Lets see, in 2016:
"In Illinois, guns were used in 799 murders and rifles were used in just 14 of them. A year earlier, in 2015, the state reported 1,220 total firearms-related deaths, including murders, suicides and accidents."
"Nationwide, the vast majority of murderers who used a gun — 64 percent — wielded a handgun. And far more murderers used knives or their own hands, fists and feet than any rifle, including — and in particular — the AR-15 rifle."
sooooo Nancy, a statewide ban on "Assualt Rifles" would be useless (yet again like the nationwide ban in the 90s).... I wish they had preemptively bannd commonly used serrated well known kitchen knives so that my sisters attack wouldn't have happened... (insert sarcasm here for those of you who have no sarcasm meter...)
To sum it up, anti gunners don't care about all violence, just violence by gun if it can push the agenda of getting rid of all firearms........
If you would like to read the minutes from the Deerfield meeting see link:
Here is the link to the ACTUAL crime issues going on in Deerfield IL:
Patch article on IL number of firearms deaths:
- Mary Callison
This week we observe and pay tribute to the officers who have given their lives in the line of duty or who have been disabled because of the job. There have been at least 36 line of duty deaths since the beginning of 2018 (as of May 7th). This morning in one of our LEO wives groups, a wife reached out needing to talk to the group. Her hubby had been involved in a shooting and appeared to be hit, but "ok". It is heartbreaking to hear from the wives as they try to wrap their minds around the situation. Officers go into the job knowing that part of the job could entail them losing their lives, but they do it anyway. Many join to make a difference and have an overwhelming sense to want to protect others. I know there are many gun owners who don't like law enforcement or laws in general, but society needs them. You may dislike officers because you have an issue with authority, or you believe them to be the thugs of a corrupt government, but we need them to help keep the peace. I am not blind to think that all officers are good just because I am married to one. We have all seen examples of the abuse of power and of officers who have hurt or killed others because they were bad people. We should all be happy when justice is served and those bad officers are charged. It is a small percentage of officers (regardless of your personal opinion of officers). Just because you don't like law enforcement does not make all officers bad so just stop with that mentality. The media has helped fuel this hate (along with key prominent political trouble makers) and when all you hear is the bad, you start to believe that all are bad. Police officers are human beings with real emotions and real families and are not robots. As a LEO wife it saddens my heart when police are bashed without real proof something is wrong. Look at the executions of officers that have taken place, fueled by anti police administrations and race bating. Innocent officers who have done nothing wrong, who want to help their communities have had a target on their backs, and previous administration didn't condemn that. How many times can you count law enforcement was thrown under the bus by said administration... There are so many very good officers out there whose heart is to serve their communities, yet all officers receive the same judgement of being evil. Social Media has given a platform to keyboard commandos to spread hate, yet those same people most likely have never reached out to their local officers to get to know them. They jump online to complain and bash, but never take actual action to change things in their own communities. If there truly is a problem, DO something to expose the problem, don't just complain. That is happening here in my own county. I've listened to people in our small town complain about the deputies, yet they don't do anything but jump online complaining in the town forum. Go to the departments, get involved at the local level to make a difference. Do something other than just complaining, stop listening to the anti cop rhetoric and get involved to get to know people. Take the time to thank an officer for just being there. Gun owners talk big about how they don't need to call law enforcement because they will take care of the problem themselves, but you can't solve everything on your own. When my sister was stabbed beaten and raped, it took several departments to catch the criminal. Were all the gun owners going to gather themselves together for a manhunt? I think not, but the officers left their families for days on end to find the person who almost killed my sister. Some gun owners were actually incredibly insensitive and blamed her for not having a gun on her to begin with without knowing all the info. I will save that rant for another day however.... No matter what, thank an officer today. Get involved where you can to stay connected to what is going on. Help keep things in check as civilians and stop perpetuating a lie that all officers are bad. You may need one one day, and no matter your opinion on them, they will still come and help you.
- A Leo Wife
RIP to all officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. #BackTheBlue
With the recent uptick in anti gun rhetoric, those that support anti gunners have come out in full force claiming pro gunners love our guns more than children’s lives. They appear to believe we don’t care about saving lives. This sentiment drives me NUTS!
I am so TIRED of this statement being reiterated over and over and over again. What makes them think we are so callous to the tragedy and heartbreak of innocents being killed? Why do they feel that as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, and sisters, our hearts don’t break. Do they really think we don’t shed tears for those that have to bury their children because of the horrible actions of an unstable criminal? I don’t know about you but when I hear of these shootings that happen, my heart breaks. I cry and hold my son a little tighter that night.
I am all for them exercising their first amendment right as it is their right to do so. What I don’t agree with is their assault on gun owners. You don’t really hear the pro gun side wish death on the anti’s children, like the anti’s do. While yes, we like our guns and our right to bear them, we LOVE our families, and value life more so.
That sentiment is why we all fight so hard to keep that right. We want to be able to protect our life, the lives of our loved ones and even those we don’t know. We value life! The anti gunners have to realize that we all want the same thing, safety, and do share many of the same feelings. When they realize that, then progress can be made to find a real solution to the issue of violence and mass killings in our places of learning, fun, and worship.
ENOUGH is ENOUGH!
In the ongoing conversation about allowing teachers to be armed while at school we haven’t heard much from the teachers who have been patiently waiting, communicating with their school boards, and offering their carefully honed skills to protect our nation’s children by carrying concealed on the job.
The media has portrayed teachers as weak and fearful when it comes to protecting their students with safety options which have repeatedly been proven to be an effective deterrent to violent crime. I’m sure, by now, we can all agree that murderers and attempted murderers don’t care about the plastic sticker on the door stating that the building, full of innocent lives, is a gun free zone. Time and time again we watch these evil people walk right past those signs and destroy lives. Something obviously needs to change.
That leaves you to wonder, where are the teachers who want to carry concealed at school? Why aren’t they coming out of the shadows and demanding the right to protect themselves and the children in their care? I can assure you, after working for a school district for five years, these teachers are everywhere.
Part of the reason you are not hearing from them is because the media wants you to believe that such teachers do not exist. They will parade the soundbites and quotes of ten anti-gun teachers and fail to include a single pro-gun teacher. It doesn’t fit their fear mongering narrative. Another reason is that these teachers are generally busy teaching all day, and training in their off time, or serving their country a few weekends a month. They don’t have time to be a media darling. Oftentimes, they work within a system which will blackball them if they speak their mind. They are caught living between the threat of losing their job if they make their opinion public or losing their life if they are not allowed to carry a firearm for protection.
The most important reason they don’t speak up publicly is simply because what they want, what they are asking for the right to do, is carry CONCEALED. If Mr. Jones appears on the nine o’clock news demanding that he be allowed to be prepared to protect himself and his students by carrying a concealed firearm, he is no longer able to carry concealed. Everyone who sees that broadcast will know he is likely packing. He will have effectively given up his concealment by painting a giant target on himself.
A good friend of mine, who happens to also be a teacher, recently shared these concerns with me. I confidentially asked around, and just as I had expected, that teacher was not alone. Most of the teachers I spoke to were willing to look into options which exceeded the standard shelter in place drills their districts require. The following is a letter one of these teachers has written and waiting in a document file for the family to share if a tragedy ever befalls their own school.
I was a teacher , and I was very good at it. But to continue teaching, I had to live as a coward. This is my apology to the families of my students for my cowardice.
I could have made a difference. But I was a coward.
I had the well-practiced skills to make a difference. But I was a coward.
I had the training to make a difference. But I was a coward.
I had the tools to make a difference. But I was a coward.
I had the mindset to make a difference. But I was a coward.
I was afraid of losing my job.
Because I lived a very blessed life of over 60 years, I did not fear death. I was willing to fight to the death for your children, but I was denied the chance to try. Because I was a coward.
I am dead now, and so are some of your children. Because I was a coward.
I am so so so very sorry.
How was I a coward, you might ask? I lived with being a coward for many years because I was also a law abiding citizen, a good guy, a rule follower. It was against the rules for me to carry a firearm at school. I did not carry, because I was afraid of losing my job. Although I legally carried concealed almost everywhere else where it was legal - and nobody knew I was armed except those with a need to know - I did not carry at school because it was against the rules. I was not prepared to fight for your children that day, because I was afraid I could lose my job!
While so armed, I enjoyed dancing with my wife, worked on old vehicles, did manual labor, went shopping for groceries, and worshiped. While doing so, the weapons I carried never fell out of their holsters, were never brandished for show, inadvertently left in a bathroom stall, and never "went off" by themselves.
I was well trained by some of the most knowledgeable law enforcement officers in the area. I had trophies and plaques as proof of my abilities. I practiced regularly. I built a private range to practice, where I introduced many others to the enjoyable activity of safely using firearms.
And I prayed none of us would never need to use those skills.
I could have carried a concealed firearm while teaching, and nobody would have ever known. So, why did I die at school, along with some of your most precious treasures? Because Evil visited our wonderful school, and I was denied the ability to effectively fight the Evil! Remember, I was a rule follower, armed with only the suggested can of soup, but that killer was not so limited. He did not follow any rules.
I was afraid of losing my job. I was not afraid to die for your children, but since I was a good guy without a gun, more of your children died than might have. If only the rules had allowed me an effective way to fight back, I would have had a chance to save your child!
I am very, very, very sorry.
Along with my apology, I have to ask you a question. AMERICA, HOW MANY MORE CHILDREN AND TEACHERS ARE YOU WILLING TO SACRIFICE ON THE ALTAR OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS BEFORE YOU LET THE TEACHERS FIGHT BACK WITH MORE THAN JUST A CAN OF SOUP?"
These teachers are out there. They are in every district across the nation. They love their jobs. They love their students and their communities. They are trusted by the state and federal government to carry in every other area of their lives. But, their school districts ban them from being prepared to protect themselves and their students in the most vulnerable setting, school.
Join me in getting the word out that not every teacher needs to be armed, but the ones who choose to need our support.
As women, we talk about wanting a ladies’ night at the range. While some ranges do days that offer special pricing for women, my home range took this one step farther. They hosted a Ladies’ Night at the Range where it truly was Ladies’ night. The proceeds from this night were to go towards stocking stuffers, etc for children who will spend Christmas in domestic abuse shelters. They had only 2 men there during this event and that was only to help get women through the line and paid so they could shoot. They had women trainers/shooters and RSOs there to help that night. There were even snacks and water provided.
I had the privilege of being a part of this awesome event. I was asked by the wife of the owner if I would be willing to come and help out with keeping the range safe as well as offering advice and help to those women new to shooting. I happily accepted. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be part of an event that is catered to women learning to shoot or just enjoying a night with a group of ladies who are interested in the same thing. There were also some ladies who are part of a local The Well Armed Woman chapter that came and helped out as well.
The interest that this event generated on Facebook reached over 400 women! That was so awesome to see.
On the night of the event, women started showing up and the lines were long. The range was full and the lobby area was as well. It was an amazing sight to see. The women that came to shoot were from all different backgrounds, age ranges, experience levels, and were not just one race. It was truly a beautiful sight seeing all these women together for a common purpose.
I would say that about 75% maybe more, of the women in attendance were new to shooting. There were lots of opportunities for education and empowerment throughout the night. The 2.5 hours that this event went on flew by! Watching women learning to shoot and seeing the joy and pride when they improved their shots and gained confidence was wonderful.
This ladies’ night event was such a success. Not only in getting women comfortable with shooting, but in regards to others who benefited as a result. There were a total of 41 women who came. This totaled $300 to go towards stuffing those kids stockings this Christmas. Due to the success of the event, it was decided that we would do this bi-monthly. Our next one is in December and the proceeds will go to a local organization, Brittany’s Place. It is a safe harbor and shelter for girls and young ladies, ages 10-17, who have been sexually exploited or trafficked. In addition, they will be collecting items to go in baskets to meet the immediate needs of the girls entering the program as well as those transitioning out.
This event left my heart so very full. It was an honor to be part of such a wonderful event like this. Helping women in more ways than one.
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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Rebecca and I attended the NRAAM in Atlanta this year (if you couldn’t tell by the pics…) and it was energizing. To be in a place with over 80,000 like-minded individuals is an amazing experience, and if you are able to get to one you should take the opportunity. For me personally, it is definitely awesome to catch up with industry professionals, and meet a few celebrities. The main thing it does for me though is encourage me to continue to defend my 2A rights. A firearm is truly a great “equalizer for women. I may not be able to physically stop a man with brute strength, but by carrying a firearm I can compensate for that if I am attacked. As a mom I will continue to fight for my right to defend not only myself but my family. Not until I had kids (and most women, I think, can agree) do we truly understand the mama bear effect. Sure I loved kids before, but when you have them you have this overwhelming sense to guard and protect children, not only mine but others. I can understand the emotional side that Shannon Watts likes to prey on. I am a very emotional person. If we can just save one life…. If you just ban guns….etc. It appeals to the emotional side and can be QUITE effective! However, we must put emotion aside for a moment and use our reasoning skills.
We guard banks, courthouses, presidents, jewelry stores, sporting events and more with guns (there is a great meme about this) BUT we guard our children with a sign. Where in history has a sign defended someone against an attack? If signs were so very effective we wouldn’t be going to war with guns. We could solve those wars with Dollar Store poster Board and fruity smelling markers… Moms Demand believes that if no gun signs are posted, no bad guy with a gun will enter the premises. They better come out with a new campaign on No Knives, No Cars, No Blunt Force Object signs to cut down on those incidences. Someone forgot to inform my sisters’ attacker that he was NOT supposed to kick down my parents’ door stab her multiple times, and use objects to beat her but I digress.
Back to the meetings…. Now, if you are Moms Demand Action, you are thinking OH MY GOSH all those people and guns someone is going to die!! I can tell you, not only do those cities become a bit safer during the multiple day event, there aren’t incidences by the guns of the attendees. If we are to truly believe that guns are the issue at hand, then one would assume one of these meetings (and this is the 146th year of meetings) would become a bloodbath. Are police on edge when large events come to their towns? Being a LEO wife, I can tell you it can be nerve wracking especially in todays’ world. However I can bet that THIS specific event is most likely the least of their problems. Why would I say that? I can’t produce numbers or graphs to prove my point but I can point out the past and the lack of incidences. All these extra “scary” weapons in town and what did I hear about in the news in the morning as I got ready to leave for the event? Not an out of town, NRA supporting, law abiding citizen hurting someone. No, an FBI agent was shot by a criminal who had shot another person a few days before. Of course who is on TV with the 5th District Rep. John Lewis saying the NRA isn’t welcome here and he would tell them if he had a chance?
Bloombergs’ mouthpiece Shannon Watts. You know, the woman who lies like a rug on the living room floor and tells us that the majority of mass shootings occur in the home. What boggles my mind is the fact that so many believe her and her group. At least our group won’t lie, and pass out shirts to homeless for the mere fact we need photo props. We were approached by a very pregnant homeless woman who donned a Moms Demand T-shirt. Bob Owens of Bearing Arms broke the Moms Demand T-shirts to homeless scandal, but it was mind boggling to see in person. Sad that they use the unfortunate as pawns in their true lies game.
With all that said, I encourage you to get out and counter the trash that anti gunners sling at us. Be the voice of reason, and keep fighting for our 2A rights no matter if your state has fabulous gun rights laws. The opposition will never cease to take away our rights so stay vigilant.
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