A survivor from the horrific 1999 Columbine Highschool shooting travesty in Littleton, Colorado, has now introduced a bill that would allow teachers to conceal carry firearms inside of schools, assuming they meet the requirements for a permit.
<i>There's an endless debate</i> as to what legislation can be enacted to ensure that American children are protected inside of the school in which is left with the responsibility for not only providing their education but promising loving parents that their child will not be harmed while inside the public school system.
After the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, there's been an ongoing effort to<a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/18913-Parkland-Shooting-Nikolas-Cruz-FBI-Failures-Fake-News-Gun-Control-and-MK-Ultra"> shift the blame </a>away from the gunman, Nikolas Cruz, to the firearm which is in no way a sentient-being and cannot act upon itself.
A person pulls the trigger on a gun, and that person's mental illness is typically regarded as being the leading factor that drives them to commit such a catastrophic crime.
If we cannot start addressing the underlying factors that attribute to such mental illness, including the lack of proper parenting, invasive or unstable home lives, prescription medications, abusive parents, or even bullying within the school, we cannot hope to prevent the next shooting or mass murder from happening.
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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">Teachers love their students, and need to protect them. Credit: <a href="http://www.davidjdunn.com/2018/02/16/arm-the-teachers-are-you-fking-kidding-me/"> David J. Dunn cartoon.</a> </span>
That hasn't stopped leftists across the country from their instantaneous response to any school shooting tragedy, which is to immediately attempt to strip law-abiding American citizens from their Second Amendment rights, with the claim that doing so will somehow stop criminals from arming themselves and shooting innocent people.
The truth is, criminals are called exactly that because they don't follow the laws we already have. If they have the intent to cause someone harm, they're going to either illegally purchase a firearm, which is not difficult to do in most cities buying one illegally off the streets or use another weapon to seek out their end game.
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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;"> Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R-CO). Credit:<a href="http://krcc.org/post/colorados-house-minority-leader-previews-2017-session">95.1 FM KRCC in Colorado.</a> </span>
The proposal from Colorado House of Representatives Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R-CO), of Colorado's 45th district in Douglas County, hopes to arm teachers inside of school property by removing the limitations for them to conceal-carry in kindergarten through 12th-grade schools.
The legislation is somewhat of a shocker to the media, with Republican Patrick Neville having been a survivor of the "Columbine Massacre" that took the lives of 12 students and one teacher on April 20th of 1999, forever lingering as one of the most horrifying events to ever be broadcast on live television.
With the entire nation watching, the visible memory of children escaping from broken windows of the Columbine Highschool and being escorted to safety is one that will remain unforgettable for decades to come.
Both Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, the two <i>deranged teens</i> responsible for the travesty, have been a footnote in the battle to conquer mental illness in America.
There were tell-tale signs from both of the Columbine students for years, that something just "wasn't right," and Americans sit in 2018 still seeing similar events occur and nothing being done to counter the diseased minds of those who would cause others harm.
Taking away firearms from upstanding citizens will not prevent the next shooting, as Patrick Neville clearly notices, but arming teachers to fight back if they're ever unfortunate enough to be in a situation where their children are threatened, certainly gives them a fighting chance.
Under current state law in Colorado, teachers who hold a concealed carry permit can bring their firearms onto the premises of schools but must keep them locked inside their vehicles as per regulations.
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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">Warning Sign at Concealed Carrying Allowed Schools. Credit:<a href="https://legalinsurrection.com/2015/08/texas-school-sign-staff-armed-and-trained-to-protect-students/"> Legal Insurrection.</a> </span>
This does little to protect against a gunman who may take target at a culmination of children and school staff inside the school during the hours of class. Currently, children are essentially sitting ducks.
<b>This has to change.</b>
Neville has introduced the bill every year since 2014 when he was elected, saying of current laws on the books that it "creates a so-called gun free zone in every K-12 public school."
"This act would allow every law-abiding citizen who holds a concealed carry permit, issued from their chief law-enforcement officer, the right to carry concealed in order to defend themselves and most importantly our children from the worst-case scenarios," Representative Neville said.
Most Americans agree that they'd feel much safer with a teacher safely carrying a firearm inside of the school, trained to adequately secure the weapon and use it if such a threat is present to need to ability to do so.
Representative Neville has argued that <i>more of his friends at Columbine would be alive today had an armed teacher or faculty member been able to stop Klebold and Harris</i> from their reign of terror inside the school in Littleton.
"As a former Columbine student who was a sophomore during the shootings on April 20, 1999, I will do everything in my power to prevent Colorado families from enduring the hardships my classmates and I faced that day," Mr. Neville said. "Time and time again we point to the one common theme with mass shootings, they occur in gun-free zones."
<i>The bill stands little chance in the Democratic stronghold of Colorado.</i>
However, it certainly brings about a national spotlight on the need to use common sense reform in protecting innocent people from would-be killers.
The Democratic Party's desire to ban assault rifles will in no way save lives and is, in fact, idiocracy at its finest, that punishes those who follow the law based solely upon the actions of determined killers who will simply find another means to kill.
If a child suffering from mental illness, or who have been bullied to the point of no return decides to kill his classmates, he can easily purchase a firearm from the streets, use a vehicle to wait on children to leave class and mow them down, or make a high powered explosive with common supermarket materials.
Banning so-called "assault rifles" is not going to change this, and for defenders of the Second Amendment, they see that <i>giving a single inch</i> to the Democratic Party will only result in them <i>demanding another foot</i> of restrictions the next time one of these tragedies occurs.
Make no mistake, it will occur again. We have done nothing as a country to solve the mental health crisis, and determined criminals will find a way.
As a nation, <i>we have to realize</i> that well-trained teachers and faculty will guarantee that there's at minimal an advantage against such horrors, and will promise that some sense of safety will guard our children.
<b>The Second Amendment is not up for debate.</b>
Despite the liberal mentality of raging against the guns, and not focusing on the killer who fires it.
<i>If a drunk driver crashes his car into a family and kills them, do we blame the car, or the person driving?</i>
<i>When a terrorist detonates a suicide vest killing dozens, do we blame the vest or the terrorist?<i>
<b>These arguments to strip away weapons from those who follow the law are fruitless at best.<b>
Heroin and Opioid overdoses take more lives annually than that of firearms, <i>maybe we should ban heroin?</i>
Oh, wait. <b>Heroin is illegal.</b>
<i>Common sense legislation of training teachers, and potentially hiring armed security, even American veterans, is a guaranteed solution for saving lives.</i>
<b>It's time to act. Arm our teachers.</b>
As a nation, we must guarantee that the lives of our children are at minimal protected.
The politicization of these school shootings isn't an argument or a solution. Responsible gun ownership and carrying firearms inside of the schools will certainly provide some safety, as we come together and figure out how best to address the underlying problems which are the mental health of those responsible for the crimes.
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