I planned to write on this subject last week after the Florida school shooting, but got a bit tied up.  I'm actually glad that I didn't since everyone seemed too emotional to think clearly.  However, now might be a good time to consider how we are being manipulated by both the right and the left when it comes to the issues of guns and government.

First, as always, we have the criminally-minded politicians, celebrities and pundits clamoring for gun confiscation.  That is what it is after all.  It's not really gun control because, at the end of the day, no amount of laws will ever stop a criminal from obtaining a gun and using it if they want to.  And the criminally-minded have admitted it.  Take a look.

I'll continue to post this video to demonstrate there's an agenda and it has nothing to do with "keeping you safe."  It's about disarming you.  And for that, I'll let Senator Feinstein also tell you what she really things "gun control" ought to be.

Now, after every shooting, including the one in Florida, these people call for more "common sense" gun laws.  What does common sense mean when you are acknowledging those pretended laws (because they are in violation of the Second Amendment) won't do a thing to stop the very crime you are addressing?

Some of this is obviously a mental malfunction, but it's tied to an agenda.

Even those who are professing to be on our side have acknowledged that there are no laws that can be written to stop crime.

However, what is the answer on the so-called "right"?  Well, when it comes to school shootings, the answer is not to repeal the unconstitutional gun-free zones, where 92% of mass shootings occur, but rather to make government bigger by either adding police to schools, only making them more and more like a penitentiary, or hire private security.  In either case, it's growing government and Americans will be the ones footing the bill.

If you recall, after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, the National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre said, "I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January."

The problem is after he made all these great statements about the Second Amendment and freedom and liberty and how arms are to be used, he failed to address the infringements on those God-given rights in gun-free zones, mainly public schools.

When a shooter enters a school, he knows he will not be confronted with a gun because he knows upstanding citizens won't violate the law, even when that law is undermining the true law.  So, why not removing gun-free zones and simply allow teachers and staff to carry their guns to school?  I mean, some people apparently, trust those same people to indoctrinate their kids 6-8 hours every weekday.  Why won't they trust them to carry a weapon to protect their kids?  Doesn't make sense to me.

However, this is the game that seems to be played.  One side is bad cop and calling for gun confiscation while the other tells us that more government is that answer.

In January 2013, I provided the answer to the problem in a piece titled The Answer To School Shootings Is More Liberty Not More Laws

There are men and women who are bent on evil and imposing restrictions on law abiding citizens because evil people do evil things only endangers those obeying the law. Restricting the liberty of the people because of a few that will not obey the law is tyranny, not liberty, and certainly not safety or security.

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.

--Thomas Jefferson

So my proposal has been a small government, Second Amendment approach to, at least, dealing with public schools. I'll tell you up front that I'm not a fan of public education. As I see it, education is the parents responsibility, not the State's. When we look to the State for education, then we should not be surprised when that system turns out statists as its citizens.

First, remove the legislation that deems certain places "Gun Free Zones." It should never have been put in place to begin with. In fact, remove such terminology from anywhere in the United States. There should be no such place in existence in the country that is supposed to protect the rights of its citizens to both "keep and bear arms." The government and public schools should have nothing to fear from law abiding citizens carrying their weapons with them into certain buildings. After all, they are law abiding.

Second, by doing this it would allow for school officials to carry their own firearms and ammunition onto school property, thus allowing them to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

How would this be superior to what the Left is offering, and I might add, to what the National Rifle Association has proposed with its SHIELD program?

I think when it comes to the Democrats proposals that issue should be pretty clear. It allows people to be free and exercise their liberty that is supposed to be protected by these public servants under the Constitution. It is what they swore and oath to support.

Additionally, imagine that every teacher, or even most teachers, and principals took seriously the proposition to purchase a firearm, become familiar with it, train with it, and be able to carry concealed at school. A people educated about firearms are not afraid of firearms. They respect them and use them properly.

As for the difference to the NRA's proposals, I actually would have liked to have seen them stand up for Second Amendment rights first and called for a complete removal of "Gun Free Zones." However, there is no doubt that calling upon Congress to put armed officers at every school will mean bigger government. That is just how things work. Also, having an armed officer at every school is not a deterrent in the least to criminals. It's simply one man somewhere on the property that might be able to stop such a person who is intent on mass killing.

However, school officials and teachers being armed would definitely hinder those who might come in because they would know guns were permitted and they wouldn't know who had them. Second, there would be literally an army of teachers and others who would be ready to take action against such people rather than be like the women at Sandy Hook, who bravely tried to use their own bodies to take down the shooter. That is the real war on women from the Left. They want disarmed women who must grovel to the government to protect them and save them, when they have the means of doing that as a protected right under the Constitution.

As an example that the school officer doesn't really work, I can just point to the most infamous school shooting in America, Columbine. Having one there did not stop Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris from doing what they did. I don't discount the fact that the officer and others who arrived probably saved lives, but imagine that all the teachers were armed. How many lives could have been saved that day? Yes, it is a what if, but as for our future, it is all hypothetical to us. I simply see one option as better, involves less government, and is more Constitutional than any of the other proposals.

Freedom is always preferable to slavery. Liberty is always demands more individual responsibility than tyranny. We must not cower in the shadows and plead with government to save us with laws that don't do one thing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and that restrict the access of law abiding citizens to the weapons of their choice to protect themselves, their loved ones, their property and yes, if necessary, defend against their own government.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

John F. Kennedy

So, in all the political talk following the latest shooting, just keep in mind where both sides will not keep their conversation, on the Constitution and the Second Amendment.  They leave the infringements in place and either want to infringe more or grow government in the area of education, a place they were never given authority to be involved in the first place.

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