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Friday, December 28, 2012

The Gun Control Rabbit

Not a single person in America, to my knowledge, is in the least bit surprised that the Left is using the tragic deaths of school children to push their efforts to ban guns. Predictably, they have once again taken Rahm Emanuel’s advice to “never let a good crisis go to waste”.

Although it Is certainly despicable for them to use this tragedy for political gain, it is even more reprehensible that they are doing so rather than seeking genuine solutions to the dangers faced by our school children. While they are pontificating on the supposed dangers posed by inanimate objects and strategizing on the best way to infringe on the rights of law abiding Americans, our children continue to be herded into unguarded public buildings with “Gun Free Zone” signs posted as an invitation to every nut case that wants his name in the news.

Predictably President Obama, who prior to the November election, avoided any discussion of gun control, is now ready to push full steam ahead with any and all efforts to disarm the American people. It be great if even one of his sycophants in the media would pose this simple question: “Mr. President, how will gun control laws improve the safety of our schools?”

Remember back in 90’s when the Gun Free Schools Act was passed, and they told us this legislation would make our kids safe from gun violence in school? How’s that plan working out? Since 1990, there have been 13 mass shootings in schools, hardly a track record that indicates success. One has to wonder, if Gun Free Zones are so effective, why do the President, the Vice-President, and their families have armed guards? Would they not be just as safe with a Gun Free Zone established in their vicinity?

To illustrate this point, I created a White House Petition:

Eliminate armed guards for the President, Vice-President, and their families, and establish Gun Free Zones around them

Gun Free Zones are supposed to protect our children, and some politicians wish to strip us of our right to keep and bear arms. Those same politicians and their families are currently under the protection of armed Secret Service agents. If Gun Free Zones are sufficient protection for our children, then Gun Free Zones should be good enough for politicians

As I write, the petition has 5878 signatures, and the number is growing rapidly. (Please, feel free to sign the petition and pass a link along to those you know). If the petition reaches the threshold of25,000 signatures by January 22, 2013 it will have earned a White House response.

Yes, my proposal is absurd, but it serves to illustrate the absurdity of expecting a “Gun Free Zone” to even exist around our schools, let alone offer any protection against those who want to do them harm. IT’S ALREADY ILLEGAL TO SHOOT SCHOOL CHILDREN! Why would a “Gun Free Zone” stop anyone with that intention?

I do have a suggestion that is not absurd. Let’s forget about proposals that are both ineffective and unconstitutional, and work on a solution that will actually help keep our kids safe. One such solution was offered by Wayne LaPierre of the NRA, to post armed guards at all of our schools. Others have suggested allowing teachers who have been properly trained to carry concealed weapons. As many have pointed out, teachers in Israel are openly armed and school shootings are virtually non-existent in that country.

Perhaps none of these ideas are the right answer, but we will never find the answer if we continue to chase the gun control rabbit down the path of leftist political agendas. Politics is fine, but our kids are in harm’s way and need protection.

Mr. President, I want my kids to be just as safe as yours.

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