By Rob Morse
While it may be hard to believe for readers here, a lot of people aren’t gun owners. They don’t share a home with someone who owns a firearm. Most people also believe what they’re told in the news. Put those few facts together and you see another reason I’m passionate about arming school staff to defend our children.
We know that the politicians who serve anti-gun billionaires will push for more gun control after the next attack on a school. That makes gun control sound inevitable, but it isn’t. There are important factors at work. Most parents want their children protected, and armed defense works. That means you are the person who will save our right to bear arms. The future is in your hands.
We’ve seen this story before. Well-paid Democrat politicians have legislation ready to go, designed disarm honest law-abiding citizens. An attack on innocent children provides just the kind of “crisis” they need.
To quote the famous Democrat (and failed mayor) Rahm Emanuel, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” The lie that honest gun owners are somehow the problem will be spread from coast to coast before the truth finishes its first cup of coffee.
That isn’t theory, it’s history. We saw new laws passed in New York after the attacks there. We saw the same thing happen again in California. The sad truth is that too many of us are one school attack away from losing our right to bear arms. The corporate media and Democrat politicians are all too eager to exploit these tragedies and ignore the hundreds of thousands of people and lives that gun owners save every day.
The good news is that you’re the antidote to all of the gun control misinformation. Your voice matters…but only if you use it. Local politicians get their courage from you and the questions you ask. Your voice might save both children in your schools and adults in your community.
Ask your local school board if they have a safety plan. Ask when they had their last safety audit. Which school in the district has gone the longest without performing a combined exercise with law enforcement, emergency medical providers, and the school safety team. Does the school board have armed volunteer staff in every school? Is any deficiency due to a policy decision or from a lack of volunteers? If they say that School Resource Officers are enough, then ask if children are ever at school when an SRO isn’t on premises and on duty.
Every parent deserves to know about the safety plans in their schools, even though the board may be reluctant to give you answers. Asking the question puts the board on record as to the extent to which they have addressed school safety. And they need to be on record if they’re ignoring the best practices to protect our children.
As a matter of record, there has never been an attack at a school that had a public policy of arming volunteer school staff members. Rather than leave their children unprotected, more parents want their children protected at school by armed staff or armed law enforcement.
Your involvement might not save every child. There are some school boards who will put politics ahead of children’s safety. As an engaged citizen, it’s up to us to help voters get the safety they want. I know there are a million excuses for us to stay home. You already know the reasons you should get involved.
Those who don’t believe that evil men might hunt their children will act shocked and mystified if violence ever comes to their school. The deluded idealism of gun control is often the fig leaf used to hide willful negligence. Hindsight is a bitter pill for them to swallow, but foresight can be, too. Anti-gun lobbyists tell us that guns don’t belong in schools…until someone hears gunshots in the hallway. I’d rather have that argument now so we might avoid trauma care later.
Working to protect our children isn’t too much to ask. We simply want the kids returned to us in the same good health they had when we dropped them off at school each the morning. We can’t wait for an attack in our school district because the truth about how to keep them safe is obvious, time and time again. Ask your school board about their safety plans and protocols. It’s important for both our children’s safety today, and for everyone’s safety tomorrow.
Thank you for all you do.
This article originally appeared at Slow Facts and is reprinted here with permission.