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.
#ConstitutionalCarry #CampusCarry #2A #Freedom #icarrymysafeplace#EducationEqualsEmpowerment #prepared2protect
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.
Not that I oppose the idea of Bloomberg putting the former head of Mansanto’s Global PR Division back into the spotlight. Shannon Watts has done more for gun rights than some of the most staunch 2A advocates since 2013. Her constant stream of inanities, her pathological lying, the ease in which her lies are uncovered, her multiple ties to Bloomberg stretching back more than a decade, her stating “Good guys with guns don’t stop bad guys with guns” from behind a phalanx of heavily armed Bloomberg funded goons (who show a propensity for shoving female reporters around) all have added up to one of the biggest, longest lasting public relations win for the 2A side since… well forever.
Every week she got handed a new defeat. Constitutional Carry exploded. Shall Issue spread like wildfire. The Heller decision refuted everything Bloomberg instructed her to say. Concealed Carry permits climbed to record highs, shattered those records, and continue to climb today. Minorities, women and senior citizens joined our ranks in numbers never seen before. It was glorious! At the height of her exposure her “rallies” we sad, sad events. One Facebook page suggested that “MDA” didn’t stand for Moms Demand Action but Moms Demanding Attendance. We found gun control’s comedic Rosetta Stone. Everything and anything she did resulted in millions of people pointing and laughing at the epic failure she had become, and the amount of money Bloomberg wasted on her astroturf movement. (See here for background information: http://www.1mmagc.org/…/growing-astroturf-the-manufacturing… )
We crushed our enemies, saw them flee before us, and heard the lamentation of Moms Demand Action.
Then, alas, Shannon faded from the limelight. She returned to the underside of whatever slimy rock by the lakeside she spawned from. Gone were the days of endless memes. Gone were the days of the material writing itself. Gone were the days of her making a statement in which every word that came out of her mouth was a lie including the words “the” and “and”. Gone were the days of her denigrating memorials to NYPD officers who fell on 9-11 in NYC. Gone were the days where we could point and laugh as Shannon made a complete ass of herself in front of the entire nation.
We wandered in the desert, lost and adrift. The well of LULZ had dried up and we went in search of greener pastures. There were some bright spots like Ladd Everitt’s buddy and CSGV contributor Jonathan Romans getting arrested for assault and disorderly conduct (it seems criminals just LOVE gun control- go figure) but for the most part the meme fields were barren. Then, just a couple days ago, we crested the last ridge and beheld the Holy Land!
She's back and funnier than ever. Of course she is up to her usual nonsense, like trying to turn campuses an sporting events into killing fields, denying domestic abuse victims the tools to fight back, pushing what amounts to OSHA for thugs, rapists, jihadis and killers, supporting the cop killers of Black Lives Matter, and saying CCH holders are responsible for the US homicide rate not prohibited persons(apparently she can't read the Uniform Crime Report of the Federal Bureau of Investigation), but this NRAAM counter-event...that is just icing on the cake.
I truly wish I wasn’t going to be out of the country during the NRAAM. It’s almost worth resigning my position just go head down to Atlanta, find out where the Demanding Moms are holding their event (the location is kept secret), and spend an hour pointing, laughing and taking photos of what is sure to be a miserable turnout as usual.
Come to think of it I do have vacation time I need to burn…
- Mr. Decker
There's a trend we have heard much about over the past few years, safe spaces.
As a parent, it is my obligation to keep my children safe. My life is devoted to keeping them out of danger.
When your children are young, they are essentially with you all of the time. It is a parent’s primary job to ensure that child’s space is safe. As they grow in their independence, there are times when they are no longer under our roof of protection. That is when we, as parents, must teach them how to effectively make their own space safe. We must teach them how to protect and defend themselves from those who have absolutely no regard for their life, let alone an ounce of respect for a sticker on a door, or the laws already on the books which state that murder, attempted murder, rape, kidnapping, and the like, are illegal.
As our children approach college we are entrusting the school to either pick up where we've left off in keeping them protected while in our care, or simply allow them to protect themselves via nationwide campus carry.
To deprive them of both, on the basis of people's feelings, is an outrageous travesty.
Why should their lives be placed in jeopardy on the assumption that criminals will obey laws? Why should their lives be placed in jeopardy because someone else did not tech their child how to protect themselves?
Our children are our future. Their lives are worth protecting.
It is time to make sure they are able to be their own safe space by providing their own personal security with the ability to carry concealed on campus.
Well here we are into the next Presidential Administration and things seem to be all kinds of rosy for those of us on the side of individual freedom and liberty. We have the Hearing Protection Act moving through Congress, which eliminates the onus attached to firearm suppressors and reduces the physiological damage that can arise from engaging in shooting sports. We have a push for national CCH/CCW reciprocity; the same reciprocity afforded to drivers licenses (since that seems to a comparison the gun grabbing crowd just adores). We also have a vacant SCOTUS seat and the nominees all seem to hold to a Constitutionalist school of thought rather than the “Living Document” types who view contracts as changeable depending on political whim. Overall, the picture is looking pretty good for firearm owners for the foreseeable future.
That does NOT mean our fight is over!
Do you think Bloomberg and his crowd of elitists have given up? Do you think the Monsanto Mommy isn’t planning her next press release DEMANDING our freedom and liberty be curtailed from behind her Bloomberg funded phalanx of armed men? Do you think Ladd Everitt and his followers will cease their calls for firearm owners to be SWATed to death and stop harassing pre-pubescent girls on Twitter?
If you do, please find a brick and beat yourself about the face and head until the stupid is all gone.
They will never give up trying to strip our rights away. They will never rest until the only people allowed an effective tool for self-defense are themselves, and those they hire to protect them. They want… no they NEED… the average American to be a defenseless victim to expand their power and control.
Therein lies the difference between them and us. They feel a need to force their will on everyone around them while we just want to be left alone.
We want to exercise our natural right to defend ourselves and our loved ones with the most effective tool at our disposal. Every organism known to science develops or acquires defenses to ensure their survival and the survival of their offspring. Water buffalo have gigantic sharp horns to defend themselves and their herd against lions. Bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics. Cactus plants have sharp thorns to keep animals from eating them. Many insects have venomous bites, stings or hairs to ensure they are left alone by predators. Humans have the advantage of technology which has birthed something that makes a 100 pound woman the equal of a 250 pound rapist in a fight… the firearm.
The gun grabbing crowd wants to turn the natural world on its head. According to them the best way to keep a lion from killing off members of the buffalo herd is to saw off the buffalo’s horns. The best way for a cactus to avoid being eaten is to trim off all its thorns.
Most telling they believe the best way to stop that 250 pound rapist, or the crazed ex determined to ensure that if they can’t have her nobody can, is….
Wait for this….
It’s going to be good…
I promise this will be classic…
They believe the best way is for the woman to be disarmed, call the police, and wait 10 minutes or so for them to show up to handle the problem for her.
The same goes for our elderly in regards to a home invader. The same goes for the disabled in regards to a robber. The same goes for the weak in regards to the strong.
They know, despite our best efforts, that the police are there to record the circumstances of your misfortune and hopefully arrest the perpetrator. Do I wish I could prevent crimes from happening? Of course and I did all I could when I wore a badge to do so. I can't say how many I prevented but I can recall, with perfect clarity, those I could not prevent.
The gun grabbers don't care about that though. They don't care about us. They don't care about anyone or anything but themselves and their twisted vision of utopia where they are safe and we are thrown to the wolves. I guess their line of reasoning is if the criminals have a nice juicy victim pool to choose from, with no fear of those victims defending themselves, no fear of injury or loss of life, they won't bother them behind their walls and armed guards. It's the only thing that makes any kind of sense.
They want us to be defenseless and will lie, cheat, and (to take their own slogan) do “Whatever It Takes” to bring their vision to reality. They want to rest at night, safe and secure in their gated neighborhoods, behind their estate walls, behind their armed guards, knowing that their mission of disarming you and I was successful. They advance the concept, with all the earnestness of a Preacher on Sunday, that loading 8 cartridges into a magazine should carry more time in prison than arson or persistent sexual abuse of a child. They say we are in the midst of an “epidemic” of gun violence when firearm related homicides are at 100 year low. They classify a drug dealer getting killed across town over a deal gone bad and dumped in a high school dugout as a “school shooting”.
When dealing with such dishonesty, such arrogance, such conviction only found in cults, do you honestly believe they will sit back and say “Oh well they won- we will go away now”?
Continue writing and calling your State and Federal representatives. Become involved on a grassroots level with a 2A advocacy group. Donate some money to your favorite 2A advocacy group (1MMAGC comes to mind). Bring new people into the shooting sports. Arm yourself with irrefutable facts and march into battle against the lies of Bloomberg and his cronies and paid mouthpieces.
We may have won the battle, but the war is far from over.
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