by Dr. Laurie Roth, ©2012

(Dec. 14, 2012) — With the latest horror show of a shooting in a Connecticut elementary school we have seen 27 people slaughtered, 18 or more of them little children according to the unfolding news.   A 20-year-old gunman, whose Mom was a teacher, first murdered his mother then father at different locations.  This was before going to the school and starting his shooting slaughter there.   The shooter then killed himself.   Already the speculation about motives and mental illness is flying everywhere – Autistic, personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive…on and on.   The guy was a sick, twisted nightmare who murdered a ton of people, then himself.  I could care less what brand of craziness and evil he was…he was evil.  Millions of people in America have various forms and flavors of mental challenges and illness.  They don’t plan to murder people.

Regardless of the deranged or compromised heart and mind that would do such a thing, the real nightmare and betrayal to America is that this could have been avoided if gun control fanatics hadn’t demanded that teachers and administrators not carry guns or be trained to protect kids at school.  Larry Pratt, head of Gun Owners of America, is spot-on with his comments on this.  “Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combined to insure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered.  This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones. The only thing accomplished by gun-free zones is to insure that mass murderers can slay more before they are finally confronted by someone with a gun.”  It is time to stop ALL gun bans and start protecting schools.

With all the endless Jihad and Islamic terror attacks that hit Israel, kids in schools are safe because every school has armed guards at points of entry.  People never barge into schools in Israel and start a shooting rampage.  They would be shot and killed immediately.  You cannot murder children in Israeli schools because the adults treat them like the priceless treasures they are.  What is wrong with us?

Today I interviewed Dr. Bruce Porter, firefighter – chaplain, 1st responder and expert on these type of disasters.  He was at the Columbine disaster, Beslan Massacre, Amish school murders,  9/11 ground zero, ministering to victims and their families over these many years.  He agrees that it is high time to start putting armed guards at our schools – that is, guards who have passed a background check.  Demonizing guns and distorting our rage and retaliation on guns is stupid and wrong.  The truth is that evil exists and regardless of your choice of weapon, an evil, deranged person with an agenda to destroy will find whatever weapon that is available – legal or illegal.  This could be a gun, knife, car, bat, shovel, poison, fist, bomb, fire…whatever they can use to kill or destroy.

The bottom line after experiencing another of these horrific nightmares of loss with our children is that all schools must have background-checked armed guards and state-of-the-art security systems and protocol.  This bloodbath in Connecticut wasn’t due to the 20-year-old murderer having guns,  IT WAS DUE TO THE TEACHERS AND STAFF NOT HAVING GUNS.

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  1. And here is another one to arm the teachers.

    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – An Austin-area gun store owner is joining the gun rights debate with a controversial offer for teachers in light of the tragic shooting in Connecticut.

    Crocket Keller of Kellers Riverside Gun Store says if educators want to get a concealed handgun license, he’ll give them a discount.

    “As we do with veterans, I would offer them a discount. Our normal rate is $110.00, so I would give them a rate of $90.00,” said Keller to KRLD. “If they are teachers, we would be more than happy to do that.”

    Keller’s offer comes as a debate wages over whether or not educators should be allowed to be armed on school grounds. He believes they should.

    “We need to start thinking out of the box and deal with this violent culture,” said Keller. “We need to lobby our various state governments to allow teachers to be armed.”
    But not everyone is on board with Keller’s controversial ideas or his offer to teachers.

    “I knew this would come up at some point, there would be people who think the answer is to put guns on campus. Frankly I think it’s absurd,” says Gayle Fallon with the American Federation of Teachers. “In a lot of cases, the perpetrator is a kid. Look at Columbine, it was a 14-year-old kid. You tell me a teacher is going to look in the eyes of a 14-year-old and pull the trigger — it’s not in their emotional make up.”

    Fallon believes the answer lies in having more police officers on campus and tightening restrictions on guns. But Keller wants none of that.

    Our personal safety is our responsibility, unfortunately the police and the military cannot be everywhere,” said Keller. “When seconds count, the police are just minutes away.”

    And the best comment to Gayle Fallon.

    I’m a teacher. I’m a veteran. Without malice or delay I could pull the trigger on a double-tap and go back to teaching class while waiting for the coroner to show up.

  2. I disagree. That would just be another layer to the already bloated buracracy. Arm the teachers. The owner of “Front Sight” is offering FREE training to every school, college or university.
    That’s right Gun Training for teachers. Here is the article:

    Please Forward to Your Local Newspapers, Radio Stations, and Television News Stations

    Subject: Gun School For Teachers
    Las Vegas, Nevada: In the wake of the yet another senseless school massacre, I ask all our politicians, law enforcement officials, and school administrators one simply question:
    How many more children have to die before we will find the fortitude, as a nation, to put in place REAL policies that will stop a deranged gunman in his tracks, before he can commit mass murder on innocent and defenseless children?
    How many times do I have to offer the nation THE solution?
    What the hell is wrong with the leaders of our country? Find the courage, and make the RIGHT decision to protect our children, not more of the wrong decisions that create the opportunity for the next lunatic to murder at will with zero resistance!
    Once again, Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, arguably the world leader in providing intensified courses in the defensive use of firearms for private citizens, has the answer to stopping further attacks on school children. Front Sight will once again offer free firearms training to any school administrator, teachers, or full time staff members designated as school Safety Monitors.
    Front Sight will accept for training up to three staff members from each school, college or university.
    Applicants must submit a letter requesting training on school letterhead signed by the top school district official and designating the applicant as the school’s Safety Monitor.
    Please forward this e-mail to your state and federal legislators, local law enforcement departments and your child’s school administrator, as well as your friends and family, asking them to do the same.
    Guns and Teachers
    As Front Sight’s Founder and Director, I understand my offer to train armed school teachers may offend some school administrators and parents who do not see arming and training selected school staff members as a positive solution to violent attacks. However, historically, my approach has worked while gun control has actually increased violent crime by shifting the balance of power to favor the criminals and lunatics.
    My offer is not a new idea. In the early 70’s, Israel was faced with much greater problems of armed terrorist attacks on schools. The cry for more gun control was heard then too, but Israel very carefully analyzed all possible options before adopting the proactive position of arming and training their teachers. School shootings stopped and terrorists looked for easier targets. Gun control never has and never will stop criminals and madmen from carrying out acts of gun violence.
    In our country, every time a misguided individual on psychiatric drugs goes on a killing spree, anti self-defense legislators watch the polls and exploit the dead victims in order to fool the public into accepting more gun control. It is time our country finds some resolve and the will to tackle the real problem, which is rooting out the actual influences in the lives people that predispose them to commit atrocities. The problem is not guns. Guns don’t cause these incidents to occur any more than cameras cause child pornography or automobiles cause traffic fatalities.
    Israel had the right answer. Society is safer when we train and arm our law-abiding citizens. As the defensive training leader in the USA, Front Sight is willing and able to set the example for the rest of the country to follow.
    Armed Teachers
    Dave Clark, who recently retired after teaching for the last 25 years at Junction Junior High School in Livermore, California agrees with Front Sight’s philosophy. In fact, Mr. Clark has previously attended a Four Day Defensive Handgun course at Front Sight at his own expense and found the course to be exactly what is needed to train fellow teachers to stop an attack similar to Columbine school and Virginia Tech. “Front Sight provides safe and responsible training to a level that exceeds law enforcement standards.” Says Mr. Clark. “Among the many lessons taught, I learned universally accepted rules in justifiable use of deadly force. More importantly, I learned when not to shoot and how to be more mentally prepared to see a lethal confrontation coming before it happens in order to avoid it. The firearms training is second to none and clearly gives the graduates the skill needed to save the lives of those in their charge if ever attacked. If my school district chose to adopt a policy of sending selected teachers to Front Sight for concealed handgun training, I would wholeheartedly support it and volunteer as a Safety Monitor. There is no reason for our children to continue to be victimized when free, professional training is available to stop school attacks.”
    Guns in Schools
    There is evidence that a gun in the hand of a teacher will stop an armed attacker. The vice-principal of a school in Pearl, Mississippi used his handgun to stop and detain an armed killer until the police arrived. It seems obvious that armed and trained staff members inside the school are in a better position to identify the attackers and do something immediately to resolve the situation. It is much harder for police, who arrive on the scene too late to stop the killing.
    Lawmakers With Blood on Their Hands
    An obstacle to training and arming teachers is the current law in many states prohibiting the possession of firearms on school grounds even when the possessor is qualified and has a concealed weapons license.
    Understand that those laws did not prevent or stop the gun violence at numerous schools over the last ten years. The brazen attacks in school after school during the last decade indicate criminals have concluded that ‘Gun-Free-School-Zone’ actually means ‘Government Certified, Helpless and Unarmed Victim Zone.’
    Schools Can’t Afford to Pass on No Cost Security
    Most school districts cannot afford to have even one full time police officer in every school, but they can easily afford to train three or more of their selected staff members to a higher level of firearms training than offered in police academies because Front Sight will provide the training at no cost.
    Retired law enforcement firearms instructor, Mike Waidelich from Bakersfield, California strongly supports the Front Sight concept of arming and training teachers. “Nearly every tragedy on or off school grounds in the entire 30 years of my law enforcement career could have been prevented or the damage done considerably limited, by the presence of an armed and trained individual.”
    Concealed Guns
    For Immediate Release: Friday, December 14, 2012
    Dr. Ignatius Piazza
    The training provided in Front Sight’s basic training classes easily exceeds the training provided in most police basic training academies.
    Front Sight proved it on their nationally televised reality series Front Sight Challenge. 80 Seasoned law enforcement officers from around the country went head-to-head in tests of marksmanship, speed and tactics against 80 private citizens– including teachers– who had not received any training other than Front Sight’s firearms courses. Remarkably, the Front Sight trained, private citizens won over half of every contest.
    Teachers will be trained to carry a concealed weapon, so potential attackers will not know which teachers are armed and which are not. In states that have adopted concealed weapon laws for private citizens, violent crime has dropped. School attacks will drop as well once it is known that any of the teachers and staff members on school grounds have the ability and training to stop a violent attack immediately.
    There is also scientific research that supports Front Sight’s stance on concealed weapon training from John Lott, Jr. at University of Chicago School of Law who published Crime, Deterrence and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns in July 1996. Mr. Lott’s research of cross-sectional time-series data from all 3054 U.S. counties from 1977 to 1992 found that allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters violent crime and appears to produce no increase in accidental deaths. If those states which did not have right-to-carry concealed handgun provisions had adopted them in 1992, approximately 1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes, and over 60,000 aggravated assaults would have been avoided yearly.
    Gun Control Increases Violent Crime
    How many times must we experience another Littleton, Colorado or Virginia Tech or Newtown, Connecticut massacre before we wake up, study the research and adopt policies which actually reduce crime and begin saving our children instead of leaving them helpless victims when the next psych drug user snaps?
    Gun control increases violent crime yet some politicians continue to tout disarming law-abiding citizens as a solution. Front Sight has a better solution.
    Arm and train school teachers to carry a concealed weapon. And post a DIFFERENT sign outside of every school!
    Look for the RIGHT sign all over America. They are in front of the homes of armed and trained Front Sight students. If you were a deranged murderer, which house would you invade? One with an armed and trained occupant with a Front Sight sign or one who had a “Gun Free Zone” sign in his yard? The answer is simply to any rational person.

  3. A lot of knee-jerk reaction is going around with the latest tragedy. However, there should be absolutely no “armed guards” at schools! We are not a police state (so far) and there is just no way to protect our children or ourselves against every eventuality that could happen. I agree with the other commenters that the teachers should be armed, but not only that, they should have to take and pass firearm proficiency as part of their qualifications to teach. Clearly, every tragedy that the Leftists think could be another nail in the coffin for the 2nd Amendment should instead be a powerful catalyst for gun-rights advocates to push even harder to get more citizens armed. Our 2nd Amendment is what stands between Americans and tyranny. If that goes, we most assuredly will never get lost liberties back again. This 12/14/12 tragedy should cause all freedom-loving people to double down on vociferously calling for MORE armed teachers in the classroom. Do not let the statists define the argument with their phony gun-control agenda. They are duplicitous and hypocritical agents of the Left. The problem is not guns, but mentally-deranged or criminally-bent people who one way or another will get a gun and no “gun-control law” will ever be effective in stopping the “lawless”!

  4. How about we simply do what the Israelis do – arm the teachers. The whole idea of a gun free zone being a safe zone is bull crap. Never works.

    A truth that will come out of this event is that the UN cry for international disarmament will be loud and clear from state and federal governments, and that scares the crap out of me. Disarmament always precedes genocide. A disarmed people always get killed by their own governments.

    One other significant point that should be made is that, if there had been one other person with a gun, he/she might have mitigated much, maybe all, of the killings. Notice that killings like these always occur in areas where guns are not allowed. Killers, sane or insane, never go where there are guns. Seen any gun attacks on police stations lately? Me neither. Even the FT. Hood murders of our soldiers were done in an area that was known the soldiers would be unarmed.

    I was in a restaurant about three weeks ago and there was a sign outside that said ‘Firearms and ammo are welcome here.’ Think they’ve been robbed recently? Me neither. The murder rate in Vermont and Switzerland are both very low, largely because of the free availability of firearms.

    An armed community is a polite community.

  5. Dear Fellow Patriot,
    Us Americans, left to our own devices, like being able to protect ourselves, and these days it’s ESPEACIALLY from “our” very own government, who can’t count votes, and publicly deny, yes, deny, the right of those serving in our military to cast a ballot, are able and willing to defend ourselves.
    My high school English teacher carried a Colt 1911 on his hip, covered by his sport coat. I’m sure teachers weren’t allowed to be armed, but it didn’t bother me any, and apparently my classmates agreed, for he was never ratted on.
    My father was an airline pilot and he carried, every flight, for over 30 years. Okay, it very well may have been against company and union policy, but, then again, so what?
    I think the solution is just let the teachers be armed, no big deal. I’m armed, no big deal.
    Imagine, if you will, the government poking their nose into our neighborhood schools. I can see it now, pedophilia TSA agents, hand picked by Napolitano, to “protect” our children. The question then becomes, who’s left to protect the kids from the “guards”?
    We don’t need any new or existing government agency to take yet another slice of our Freedoms. Matter of fact, EVERYTHING Obama had anything to do with (including all the hiring’s of government employees since Jan 20, 2009: fire each one, now) is illegal since Obama IS NOT THE PRESIDENT.
    Where’s the Birth Certificate? Even now we still haven’t seen it, and neither has one traitorous Obot.