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Arming Teachers

The school shooting in Connecticut recently has produced a wide variety of possible “solutions” for the problem of school shootings. The loudest “solutions” seem to be offered by ideologically driven liberals whose only intent seems to be the disarming of law-abiding citizens. I have covered this aspect of the debate in a previous column, Here We Go Again.

One solution, offered by some is to allow teachers to be armed. It may come as a surprise to many but there are several countries, Israel for one, that allow teachers to be armed in the classroom. The typical liberal response to an idea that deserves serious consideration came from Carol Lear. “It’s a terrible idea,” said Carol Lear, a chief lawyer for the Utah Office of Education. “It’s a horrible, terrible, no-good, rotten idea.” Lear it seems would prefer students be assassinated in an orderly fashion rather than have a teacher trained to use a firearm protect them.

I agree it is not the perfect solution, but I have to wonder about someone who seems to think it is better to have students sitting around defenseless waiting to be shot or turning their backs to a loaded gun and hoping not to be killed. Despite Ms. Lears best intentions, these are not real options and anyone who thinks they are is, in my mind anyway clinically insane.

If it is decided to allow teachers to “carry” in school there should be some guidelines. For starters the teacher must at least have their concealed carry permit. Being former military and a licensed armed security officer I completely understand and would insist on substantial training requirements for any teacher wanting to “carry” in school. I have been in “shots fired” situations and only solid training prevented the situation from deteriorating more than it already had.

Secondly, the weapon must be easily concealed. There are many small, easily concealed handguns in a variety of caliber’s. Armed teachers do not need .44 Magnum revolvers. A 9mm, .380 or even .22 is an effective deterrent when seen from the business end. The goal of the teacher should be to protect their students until law enforcement arrives. A warning shot may be all that’s needed to send a shooter away from a classroom full of children. It is an old cliché but it is sadly true, when seconds count, the police are minutes away.

Third, the weapon should be carried on the teachers person at all times. This means no stashing it in a purse, briefcase, locker or staff lounge. While it may be possible for someone to run out to their car and retrieve a weapon I can think of two reasons not carrying is dangerous. First, by leaving the scene those you should be protecting are left to fend for themselves. Second, when you return to the scene you have no idea what has changed. Where is the bad guy etc. To be of any value the weapon must be readily available.

Fourth, the weapon should only be loaded with hollow point ammo. This helps to limit over penetration, ie going through walls. It would be of little consolation to stop a shooter but have someone injured or killed by a shot that missed its target and hit someone through a wall.

Finally, the weapon should be unadvertised. By that I mean no one knows you have it. Ask any teacher and you will find that there are no secrets in a school. I know this because I was a PTA president for three years. If the teachers who want to carry have to be on a list kept by the administration it wont be long before they are all revealed. Lets be honest, all school shooters are cowards. That means the first person they are going to shoot is the one they think will shoot back. Not knowing who or how many that may be could be all the deterrent needed. As long as you are trained I have no problem with you “carrying” and my not knowing.

As for Carol Lear, I wonder if she is just waiting for something to happen here in Utah. Then she can resign her state job and make millions suing the state of Utah for “failing to protect their students from armed assailants.” It would be the liberal, lawyerly thing to do.

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Here We Go Again

My heart and prayers go out to all the Sandy Hook victims. No one should have to endure a tragedy of such proportions. Even as a father and grandfather, I am incapable of understanding the grief the parents must be experiencing at this very moment. It is with a truly heavy heart that I write this column. Even so, some things must be noted.

It only took a couple of hours from the moment Americans learned of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre last Friday for the liberal wingnuts , ie editorialists, columnists, broadcasters, politicians to use the occasion to promote one of their most sacred issues, gun control.

Its not like this hasn’t been tried before. Consider the “success” of the Clinton era assault weapons ban. The following is a list of school shootings during that period.

November 15, 1995: Lynnville, Tennessee. A 17-year-old boy shot and killed a student and teacher with a .22 rifle.

February 2, 1996: Moses Lake, Washington. Two students and one teacher killed, one other wounded when 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis opened fire on his algebra class.

February 19, 1997: Bethel, Alaska. Principal and one student killed, two others wounded by Evan Ramsey, 16.

October 1, 1997: Pearl, Mississippi. Two students killed and seven wounded by Luke Woodham, 16. He was also accused of killing his mother. He and his friends supposedly worshiped Satan.

November 27, 1997: West Palm Beach, Florida. Conniston Middle School 14-year-old John Kamel was fatally shot outside school by 14-year-old Tronneal Mangum after an argument over an Adidas watch that Mangum had taken from Kamel.

December 1, 1997: West Paducah, Kentucky. Three students killed, five wounded by Michael Carneal, 14, as they participated in a prayer circle at Heath High School.

December 15, 1997: Stamps, Arkansas. Two students wounded. Colt Todd, 14, was hiding in the woods when he shot the students as they stood in the parking lot.

March 24, 1998: Jonesboro, Arkansas. Four students and one teacher killed, ten others wounded outside as Westside Middle School emptied during a false fire alarm. Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11, fired at their classmates and teachers from the woods.

April 24, 1998: Edinboro, Pennsylvania. One teacher, John Gillette, was killed and two students wounded at a dance at James W. Parker Middle School. Charged with the crimes was Andrew Wurst, 14.

May 21, 1998: Springfield, Oregon. Two students killed, 22 others wounded in the cafeteria at Thurston High School by 15-year-old Kip Kinkel. Kinkel had been arrested and released a day earlier for bringing a gun to school. His parents were later found dead at home, shot to death by their son.

June 15, 1998: Richmond, Virginia. One teacher and one guidance counselor wounded by a 14-year-old boy in the school hallway.

May 19, 1998: Fayetteville, Tennessee. High School Senior Jacob Davis shot and killed eighteen year-old Robert “Nick” Creson in a dispute over a girl.

December 10, 1998: Detroit, Michigan. One professor killed by a graduate student.

April 20, 1999: Columbine, Colorado. 12 students and both shooters along with one teacher killed, 27 others wounded at Columbine High School. Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, had plotted for a year to kill at least 500 and blow up their school. At the end of their hour-long rampage, they turned their guns on themselves.

May 20, 1999: Conyers, Georgia. Six students injured at Heritage High School by Thomas Solomon, 15.

November 19, 1999: Deming, New Mexico. One student killed at Deming Middle School by Victor Cordova Jr., 13.

February 29, 2000: Buell Elementary School, Flint, Michigan. 6-year-old Dedrick Owens shot and killed Kayla Rolland.

May 26, 2000: Lake Worth, Florida Lake Worth Middle School Florida. Teacher Barry Grunow was fatally shot by 13-year-old Nathaniel Brazill, who had returned to school after being sent home for throwing water balloons. Brazill returned to school on his bike with a handgun stolen from his grandfather the week before. Brazill was an honor student and Grunow, reportedly Brazill’s favorite teacher, was a popular teacher.

August 28, 2000: University of Arkansas shooting at Fayetteville, Arkansas. At approximately 12:14 pm, Dr. John R. Locke, 67, Director of the Comparative Literature Program was shot and killed in his office by James E. Kelly, 36, a Comparative Literature PhD candidate who had recently been dismissed from the program for lack of progress towards his degree. Kelly shot Dr. Locke three times before taking his own life in Dr. Locke’s office after it was cordoned off by police.

September 26, 2000. Darrel Johnson, 13, offender in Louisiana school shooting with 1 student fatality.

March 5, 2001. Charles Andrew William, age 15, offender in California school shooting at Santana High School, 15 wounded 2 of which later died.

March 30, 2001. Donald R. Burt Jr., age 18, offender in Indiana school shooting with 1 student fatality.

I have not been able to confirm that all the schools in this list were gun free zones but many were and I believe all the shooters knew if their schools were gun free zones.

The city of Chicago is a prime example of just how drastically gun free zones fail. The city had some of the strictest gun control measures of anywhere in the U.S. As of December 2nd, 2012 there have been 470 murders within city limits. The major media places the number of murders at 485. Clearly another success for the gun grabbing advocates.

With such a stunning record of failure you would think the liberals would reconsider their intractable obsession with an indefensible position. Gun control it seems fails wherever it is practiced. Consider the following.

In the United Kingdom after a school massacre in Dunblane some years ago, the Parliament in a catastrophic knee-jerk reaction banned the private ownership and use of pistols. The result was a fine demonstration of Monckton’s Law of Opposite Consequences. Crimes using handguns increased by 40 percent following the ban.

Thomas Sowell in a recent column “Invincible Ignorance” points out that “In 1954, there were only a dozen armed robberies in London but, by the 1990s– after decades of ever tightening gun ownership restrictions– there were more than a hundred times as many armed robberies.”

In Switzerland, every male citizen of working age must serve one week a year in the national Militia and keep a rifle at home in case anyone is foolish enough to invade. According to liberal logic Switzerland should be awash in the blood of innocents. Yet Switzerland does not have massacres. Interesting.

Many countries with stronger gun control laws than the United States, like Russia, Brazil and Mexico all have higher murder rates than the United States.

Israel, New Zealand, and Finland have high rates of gun ownership and low murder rates.

Lets return to the U.S. for a moment.

Professor Thomas Baker of Virginia Commonwealth University recently completed a study that revealed that since 2006 gun sales in Virginia have climbed 73%, while the number of violent crimes involving guns has declined by more than 27%. Some will call this coincidence. I don’t think so.

For years, the gun grabbers have been telling us that more guns means more crime, more murders etc. These wingnuts will allow no amount of factual evidence to the contrary to be considered.

From the very effective, and thus much hated by liberals, National Rifle Association comes the following.

Studies indicate that firearms are used over 2 million times a year for personal protection, and that the presence of a firearm, without a shot being fired, prevents crime in many instances. Shooting usually can be justified only where crime constitutes an immediate, imminent threat to life, limb, or, in some cases, property.

Here are some current examples from the NRA web site.

Zachary Rogers, 26, was working late one night at the 21st Amendment liquor store. It was just past midnight when an armed man wearing a ski mask entered the store and forced Rogers and another store employee, Alicia Grabarczyk, 25, down a hallway toward an office where the safe was kept. With a concealed handgun in his front pocket, Rogers chose his moment of opportunity carefully. In one quick motion, Rogers pushed Grabarczyk to the floor and fired at the armed robber. He then helped Grabarczyk into the office and out of the line of fire. Although the burglar had been struck, Rogers saw him raise his firearm. Rogers fired three more rounds at the gunman which proved fatal. Neither Rogers nor Grabarczyk were harmed. (Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, IN, 10/11/12)

While at home with his wife and daughter, a homeowner prepared to go outside to investigate a sudden power outage. His wife asked him to carry his firearm with him as a precaution. As he opened the front door to step outside, three men charged him in an attempt to gain entry. The homeowner pushed his wife aside as he fell backward and fired at the intruders. His daughter, a student in her early 20s, hid in another room and called police. One of the three home invaders suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was listed in serious condition. The remaining two suspects managed to escape. The homeowner and his family were not seriously injured. (Sun Sentinel, Miramar, FL, 10/2/12)

Kendra St. Clair, a 12-year-old at home alone one day during her fall break, called her mother at work to say there was a man repeatedly ringing the doorbell and banging on the door. When no one answered the door, she said he disappeared. St. Clair’s mother instructed her daughter to get her .40-cal. Glock pistol and go into a bathroom closet. St. Clair heard him break in through the back door. As the man made his way through her home, 911 dispatchers kept St. Clair on the phone. He was inside the home for approximately six minutes before he made his way to the bathroom where St. Clair was hiding. When she saw the door knob begin to turn, she fired the gun. The 32-year-old intruder was taken into custody after being treated for a gunshot to the chest. (The Oklahoman, Durant, OK, 10/20/12)

George Polanin, 66, went to bed early one evening only to be awakened by noises coming from inside his home. He was upstairs and followed the sound of footsteps to the basement. When he reached the stairs, Polanin said he could see only the intruder’s feet. “ … I got my weapon and basically told him I had a weapon, it was loaded and I will use it,” Polanin said. He then ordered the intruder to come out as he dialed 911. Polanin held the intruder at gunpoint until police arrived. (Kenosha News, Kenosha, WI, 10/17/12)

Cindy Schachter, an employee at Furnari Jewelers, was working when two men entered the store around 4 p.m. Schachter’s boss, Anthony Furnari, was sitting at his desk facing the showroom. Something about the men made Schachter uneasy, so she gave her boss a quiet warning right before they pulled clothing over their faces and jumped over the counter. Furnari quickly pulled his .38-cal. handgun from his desk and fired several rounds at one of the suspects as he came toward him. Furnari was severely beaten as both men tried to gain control of his firearm. When Furnari fought back, the men grabbed a display of gold chains and fled. One suspect was later taken into custody after seeking treatment for several bullet wounds. It was last reported that the second suspect was still at large. Furnari suffered a broken nose, a concussion, multiple stitches to the face and hand, and a fractured rib. Schachter was reportedly unharmed. (The Republican, Chicopee, MA, 10/17/12)

Finally, lets look at Gun Town U.S.A. In March of 1982 the small town of Kennesaw, Illinois, passed an ordinance mandating that the head of every household own and maintain a gun. Liberals went nuts saying Kennesaw would turn into the wild west. Every dispute, they claimed, would end in a gunfight. As far as I have been able to find not a single resident has been involved in a fatal shooting.

Gun control zealots have been on the wrong side of the debate for as long as I can remember. That doesn’t bother them. They are so ideologically invested in their position, or so brainwashed by the media/education establishment, that they have lost the ability to reason. It is perfectly acceptable in their minds to have, if I can borrow a phrase from my military days, target rich environments where no one is likely to be able to defend themselves.

Given their intransigence, these people cannot be reasoned with and must not be listened to. They must be reminded of the rights U.S. constitution gives us and regularly defeated at the ballot box.

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12 Reasons why I voted Democrat

I found this letter to the editor and thought it was so good that I just had to pass it on. The sad part it is so true. Thanks James W. Anderson for putting the thoughts of so many into words.Read and enjoy.

12 Reasons why I voted Democrat

I voted democrat so that I can now marry whatever I want to.

I voted democrat because I believe that oil company profits of 4% per gallon of gas is obscene but the government taxing the same gallon at 15% isn’t.

I voted democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

I voted democrat because freedom of speech is fine as long as I agree with what is said and no one is offended by it.

I voted democrat because I am way to irresponsible to own a gun and know that my local police will protect me from murders and thieves.

I voted democrat because I believe that people who cant tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don’t start driving a Prius.

I voted democrat because I’m not concerned about millions of babies being aborted as long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

I voted democrat because I think illegal aliens have the right to free health care, education and social security benefits and that we should take away the social security from those who paid into it.

I voted democrat because I believe that businesses should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as democrats see fit.

I voted democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

I voted democrat because I think it is better to pay billions for their oil to people who hate us but not to drill for our own because it might upset some endangered beetle, spotted owl, gopher of fish.

I voted democrat because my head is so firmly misplaced toward the south end of my body; it’s unlikely I’ll ever have another point of view.

James W. Anderson of Talladega, Fl.

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Yes Virginia There is Plenty of Vote Fraud

There is an interesting map that shows by county just how Americans voted. It shows counties that voted republican in red and democrat in blue. There is virtually no blue on the map yet little Barry somehow “won” re-election.

Democrats and their lackeys in the media regularly and with great disdain deride those of us who seek to inquire about voter fraud. We are called racists, tea-baggers, birthers and religious loons. I won’t repeat the more colorful adjectives.

Knowing liberals the way I do it is clear to me that the more they scream, the closer to the truth you are getting. The intensity of the hate filled speech they level at those of us who criticize them is always a good indication of just how correct we conservatives are.

In the arena of voter fraud the democrats have a long and storied history. For this article I will limit myself to the alleged fraud in just this presidential election. Consider the following.

In September, the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio ran the following: “More than one out of every five registered Ohio voters is probably ineligible to vote. In two counties, the number of registered voters actually exceeds the voting-age population: Northwestern Ohio’s Wood County shows 109 registered voters for every 100 eligible, while in Lawrence County along the Ohio River it’s a mere 104 registered per 100 eligible. Another 31 counties show registrations at more than 90 percent of those eligible, a rate regarded as unrealistic by most voting experts. The national average is a little more than 70 percent. In a close presidential election where every vote might count, which ones to count might become paramount on Election Day – and in possible legal battles afterward.”

Ohio’s chief elections official, Secretary of State Jon Husted, asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for a personal meeting to discuss how to balance seemingly conflicting federal laws so he could pare Ohio’s dirty voter list without removing truly eligible voters. Holder’s office never even bothered to reply to Husted. That tells me voter fraud is an important tactic in the re-election strategy of little Barry. Need further evidence, look how Ohio voted.

Then there is Lessadolla Sowers, a member of the Tunica County NAACP Executive Committee. She was convicted and sentenced to five-years each for ten counts of voter fraud involving absentee ballots in April, 2012. The sentencing judge said these were crimes that cut “against the fabric of our free society.” Clearly Sowers was just upholding groups like the NAACP and ACORN’s long history of just such shenanigans.

ACORN alone had at least 54 people employed by or directly associated with the group convicted of voter fraud. I bet you didn’t know that.

Then there is the fact that thousands of military absentee ballots were not counted at all and many thousands more were never delivered to our servicemen. As a veteran this not only outrages me but should outrage you as well.

Finally, consider these headlines:
“In Florida: Obama Got Over 99% in Broward County Precincts”
“What Luck! Obama Won Dozens of Cleveland Districts with 100% of the Vote”
“Good News: Obama Won County in Ohio with 108% Voter Registration”
“BREAKING: St. Lucie County, Florida Had 141.1% Turnout; Obama Won County”
“Fraud in PA: Obama Got Over 99% of Vote at Polls Where GOP Inspectors Were Removed; Turnout Somehow ’30%’ Above Gov’t Numbers”
“Out of 175,554 registered voters, 247,713 vote cards were cast in St. Lucie County, Florida, on Tuesday”

Sadly this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Vote fraud is clearly an integral part of the democrat/liberal election strategy and it is time we conservatives stopped pretending it isn’t.

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