Extract from the Patriot Post


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Kelly J
October 13, 2006, 06:54 PM
CULTURE
More guns, not fewer
While the gun-grabbers of the Left cry out for more gun control in the wake of recent school shootings, The Patriot advocates the exact opposite. The Founders crafted the Second Amendment to mean what it says: “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed” (emphasis added). Citizens were thus granted protection against tyrannical government—among the first priorities of any tyrant is disarming the people—but the logic applies to many other areas.


Let’s look at schools. In Joplin, Missouri, this week, a seventh-grader fired a Mac-90 assault rifle in his middle school, though no one was injured. Missouri Governor Matt Blunt used the occasion to advocate a law allowing teachers to carry guns, much like the arming of commercial pilots. We couldn’t agree more. While law-enforcement officers have always been very quick to respond when murderers attack schools, armed teachers and staff may have prevented many tragic deaths. As it stands, “gun free zones” only empower the killers.

The White House, meanwhile, hastily organized a conference on preventing violence in schools. Gun-control advocates cried foul because they were uninvited, but considering that their ideas have already been tried and failed, why bother? Better ideas were discussed, such as character education and other prevention techniques, pointing to the need to address the underlying problem, and not simply focus only on the tools of violence. In his 27 May 1999 testimony, none other than Darrell Scott, father of Columbine victim Rachel Scott, pointed to the example of Cain and Abel: “The villain was not the club he used. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain.” Amen.

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