A short quiz: Which these things have the Democrats prohibited from being like the others?
The answer, of course, is children in public schools – 17 of whom were murdered by an evil gunman this week.
Everyone in the other four categories enjoys the protection of armed guards. That’s why we almost never hear of shooting incidents in courthouses, banks, airports, or Congress.
But thanks to the Democrats’ so-called “gun-free zones,” most public schools are prohibited from having anyone in their facilities who is armed and capable of stopping a murderous gunman like the one we saw this week.
Democrats, like everyone else, would scorn any suggestion that Members of Congress or judges not have armed protection in the Capitol and courthouses, but they also scorn any suggestion that our innocent and defenseless children are equally deserving of such protection in schools.
It’s not like no one knew that schools are vulnerable to such attacks. As the Democrats and their “news” media partners love to point out, our country has seen all too many such incidents over the past couple of decades.
But Democrats are so rabidly opposed to the right of the people to keep and bear arms that they are knowingly and intentionally leaving our children vulnerable to such attacks.
As a result, 17 more kids are now dead.
In a perverse way, some Democrats actually seem to relish these attacks as opportunities to run to a microphone and sanctimoniously blame Republicans who defend the people’s gun rights. These Democrats see these attacks not as reminders of how vulnerable they are leaving our children in their schools but as political opportunities to exploit the victims to advance their anti-gun rights agenda.
These Democrats are encouraged by the fact that their “news” media partners eagerly give them public platforms to make these sick and ignorant accusations against Republicans. And they know that these “reporters” will then “report” on these incidents by mirroring those accusations as if their point of view is the only reasonable one and any disagreement with it is fringe and radical.
I’m sick of standing by while Republicans are defamed in this manner.
I’m not a Republican. I’m a conservative independent. But I agree with and appreciate those Republicans (and, in fairness, a handful of rural Democrats) who safeguard our gun rights. And I refuse to allow the Democrats’ shameful, dishonest, and defamatory accusations to go unchallenged.
So, let’s start by pointing out what is obvious to all but the radical leftist Democrats and “news” “reporters”: Depriving law-abiding citizens of the right to keep and bear arms will not make them safer. It will make them more vulnerable to those who are NOT law-abiding and get their guns by any means available.
Yes, I know that it is incredible that anyone needs to say this out loud, but this blazingly obvious common-sense fact escapes the Democrats and their “news” media allies who are consumed by their leftist ideology.
The repeated episodes of school shootings are not occurring because there are too many guns in our society. They are happening because there are no guns in our schools.
Let me say that again: Our kids keep getting killed in our schools because the Democrats have prohibited the schools from having the one thing that would enable them to protect our kids: Guns.
To illustrate this point: Imagine two houses on the same street. One has a sign in the front yard saying “Gun-Free Zone.” The other has a sign saying “Residents Are Armed and Prepared to Defend Themselves.” If you were a criminal wishing to break into a home, which home would you choose?
Advertising “gun-free zones” is advertising that these schools are defenseless and vulnerable to attack. But then, again, that’s obvious to any rational person.
Countering school shootings is not the complicated and perplexing problem that Democrats and their “news” media partners constantly make it out to be. It’s actually very simple: Make sure that at every school in the country at all times there are several people on the premises who are armed and trained to respond to such attacks.
Obviously, step one in protecting our kids is to repeal all of the Democrats’ “gun-free zone” laws throughout the country and start allowing schools to protect our kids.
One obvious way to do this would be to hire armed guards. This idea is acceptable, but I have one that I think is better: At every school, train a number of teachers and staff on gun skills and safety and have them carry concealed weapons. Offer teachers and staff bonus pay for participating in the program. Do not identify to anyone who the people are who are carrying. And place signs prominently around the school premises warning that the school is protected by armed personnel.
Do this one simple thing, and it is just common sense that school shootings will be dramatically reduced if not eliminated outright.
In any event, those of us who have common sense must no longer allow the leftist ideologue Democrats and their “news” media partners who created the opportunities for these heinous school killings to deflect their responsibility onto those of us who are advocating for policies that would stop them.
Author: Ken Falkenstein
Ken Falkenstein is the Managing Editor of Committed Conservative and brings a wealth of experience and expertise in public affairs to the job. Ken served in the U.S. Army in the last years of the Cold War as a Russian linguist for military intelligence and the NSA. After leaving the Army, he earned his degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University, where he also wrote a popular column in the student newspaper.
Upon graduation, Ken worked as a Legislative Aide to two Republican members of the Virginia House of Delegates. Ken also served as Corresponding Secretary of the Young Republican Federation of Virginia, managed several successful political campaigns, and managed governmental affairs operations for a local Realtor association.
In 1995, Ken moved to Washington, DC to serve as a Legislative Assistant to Sen. John Warner (R-VA). While working for Sen. Warner, Ken attended law school at night, earning his J.D. with honors from the George Mason University School of Law (n/k/a The Antonin Scalia Law School). Since that time, Ken has practiced as a civil litigation attorney, including serving for three years as an Associate City Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Ken previously was a contributor to the highly-regarded political blog Bearing Drift and was a weekly co-host of The Steve Batton Radio Program. In 2016, Ken ran unsuccessfully for the Virginia Beach School Board. Ken is also a former President of the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads.
Ken now lives outside of Denver, Colorado with his wife, Kim, and three sons, Adam, Dylan, and Joshua, who has Down syndrome. Ken’s writing is motivated and informed primarily by his concern for his kids’ future.