It's time to abolish gun-free zones
Thursday, October 31, 2013 5:00 PM
LAS VEGAS - Exactly how many more innocent, unarmed teachers and students need to
be slaughtered on a school campus before people get angry enough to
demand that the Nevada Legislature abolish these absolutely insane
The recent shooting at the Sparks Middle School is particularly
infuriating. One teacher was shot and killed. Two students were
shot and seriously wounded. And it could have been a lot worse if
the kid with the gun had decided to keep shooting other kids instead
of killing himself.
Here's the most outrageous part of this. The murdered teacher,
Michael Landsberry, was a trained U.S. Marine who served two tours in
Afghanistan and was a member of the Nevada Air National Guard. So
we're talking about a man thoroughly trained in the use of weapons
who we completely trusted with our national security.
And yet Nevada's Legislature didn't trust Michael Landsberry
enough to allow him the means necessary to protect himself and dozens
of 7th- and 8th-graders on that school playground that fateful
morning. As such, this trained military veteran was forced to
confront an armed assailant with nothing more than two empty,
outstretched hands and the hope that he could talk the kid down.
Instead, Michael Landsberry was gunned down.
And while everyone is clearly saddened by the loss of this
extraordinary American hero and family man, I hope that sadness
eventually turns into blood-boiling rage. Because this man didn't
deserve to die and he didn't need to die. He at least deserved a
fighting chance to defend himself and those students by being
allowed, if he had so chosen, to carry a weapon with him to work, as
countless other Nevadans do every single day throughout the state.
Michael Landsberry's death is on the heads of every pontificating,
self-righteous, anti-gun member of the Nevada Legislature who
supports the continuation of these gun-free zones and who opposed the
common sense "campus carry" bills that were introduced in both
the 2011 and 2013 legislative sessions.
Here's an undeniable truth: Disturbed students, crazy people and
bad guys don't give a (expletive) about gun control laws that say
they shouldn't possess a gun or take one into a gun-free zone. If
they want a gun they'll get a gun, regardless of whether or not
they can pass a background check.
As such, the fact is "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is
a good guy with a gun." And the only way to potentially prevent
school playgrounds and classrooms from becoming shooting galleries in
the future is to allow responsible, properly trained adults the means
to protect themselves and our children when a merchant of death comes
knocking at the schoolyard gate.
It's time to abolish these insane gun-free zones.
God bless you and rest in peace, Mr. Landsberry. Semper Fi.
Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a conservative grassroots
advocacy organization. He can be reached at www.MuthsTruths.com