United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- One thing that has been clear over the years is that perhaps the worst damage the Second Amendment and those who defend it – in the sense of public relations – has been school shootings. We can literally trace massive, sweeping anti-Second Amendment legislation, often at the state level to Columbine, Sandy Hook, and other tragic incidents.
Often, they had high body counts. These counts fueled media coverage and were used by anti-Second Amendment extremists to fuel fear and hysteria among suburban women. As much as Second Amendment supporters want to believe Bloomberg’s billions are 100 percent astroturf, that is not quite the case. Everytown/Moms Demand Action does have support from some parents with real worries, and it means that his money is more amplification than it is true astroturf.
Now, there have been efforts to improve school security. One of those efforts has been to allow teachers to be armed to protect themselves and their students. However, despite massive demand (just Utah and Ohio show just how much), there are some who want to halt such efforts, or at least put barriers in place.
One of those is Representative Val Demings (D-FL), who introduced HR 2383, the Secure Communities, and Safe Schools Act. She doesn’t outright ban teachers from carrying but throws a different hurdle up: School districts will be prohibited from using money from various federal security grant programs to buy teachers firearms or accessories.
Now, if your goal is to halt – or at least mitigate – a school shooting, then this bill is counterproductive. Just look at the West Freeway Church of Christ to see why. That church shooting was stopped by armed intervention on-site in six seconds. Compare that to all the places where cops take minutes to arrive.
Now, we all know a teacher’s salary doesn’t go far. To buy a firearm, holster, ammo, and the range time to train properly is pretty expensive. So, using those grant funds to allow teachers to buy firearms would be a way to help make the schools safer. It works much like concealed carry – not all teachers that carry, but the fact a fraction do carry introduces uncertainty into any attacker’s plan.
Demings, as a former police chief, knows how long it can take cops to arrive. Yet despite knowing the truth, she seeks to leave schools helpless. Worse, this bill has already been reported to the full House of Representatives. Second Amendment supporters need to move fast to stop this bill in its tracks.
They need to contact their Senators and Representative, and politely urge them to oppose HR 2383.