At Harold ISD in Texas, they have allowed teachers to conceal and carry. David Thweatt logically spells out why they are allowing teachers to carry weapons on their campus. The reasoning? They are 30 minutes from law enforcement and their teachers are the first line of defense. And there are more than just one teacher carrying. The reasoning here is if only a security guard has a gun and he is killed, everyone else is dead. If one teacher is incapacitated, there are multiple others who can protect the children.
In addition, they point out that most shooters that commit these types of aggression do it in “gun free zones”.
The video is about 15 minutes long, but the reasoning for allowing this in the face of national scrutiny is extremely logical. It seems though on a national scale, logic is trumped by feelings and emotion.
In the wake of the tragedy in Aurora, CO this past week there have been an ubiquitous call by firearm control advocates for the either the ban on large capacity magazines, the AR-15 rifle itself, and tighter restrictions on guns in general. The most gun restrictive mayor in the county, Mayor Bloomburg of New York, is calling on President Obama and Mitt Romney to do something about it.
Here in Ohio there is no law against Open Carry. Ohio Revised Code 9.68 protects individual rights to open carry, and provide that uniform state laws regarding open carry supersede local ordinances on the ban of open or conceal carry.
Unfortunately, in the aftermath of such a tragedy where an individual decided to cause mass casualties, everyone is super-sensitive and it makes a prime political opportunity for gun control activists to try to get people to react on emotion and not reason. Continue reading Arming the Victims…
National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act: Congressional support is growing for a bill (H.R.822) that would require all states to honor concealed carry firearm permits issued in any state. Under the legislation, citizens with a permit to carry a concealed weapon in one state could legally carry it into another, in accordance with the restrictions of that state. The House bill would give Americans who hold permits to carry firearms in their home states the right to carry their weapons across state lines.
Balanced Budget Amendment: Republicans in the House have introduced a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. The measure, which would require two-thirds approval of both chambers of Congress and ratification by three-fourths of the states, would require that federal spending in any year not exceed total revenue. It would cap federal spending at 18 percent of gross domestic product and require the president to submit a balanced budget to Congress every year.
Lawmakers are considering a House bill that would give Americans who hold permits to carry firearms in their home states the right to carry their weapons across state lines.
Although many states have entered into voluntary agreements, there is no nationwide framework for honoring permits and licenses uniformly. A bipartisan bill, co-authored by Reps. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., and Heath Shuler, D-N.C., aims to change that.
Warning: This video contains a substantial amount of vulgarities throughout. Please be advised it is not suitable for young children.
Update: This video has gone viral. from the night of July 21st around 6pm to the morning of July 22nd at 8:30am this Youtube video has had over 125,000 hits. The night before it only had slightly less than 1,000 views.
Rep. Don Pridemore, R-Hartford, has put forth a bill in Wisconsin that would allow people to conceal carry with a minimum of “requirements”. These requirements are a minimum of two hours of training and also acquire certificates from certified instructors.
In a coup for privacy groups is that there would be no maintained database of those who would conceal and carry in Wisconsin. This means that there wouldn’t be any incidents such as the Toledo, OH newspaper that published a list of conceal carry permit holders, their age and county of residence – even though it was illegal to publish the list in the first place.
In other guns news, the Ohio House of Representatives just this week passed HB 45 which would allow for the conceal and carry of handguns into establishments that serve alcohol as long as the permit holder was not consuming alcohol. This bill would eliminate many of the “victim zones” that the current laws in Ohio fail to address. The bill awaits a full Senate vote.
I am sure that the gun rights activist are urging Rep. Pridemore speed and success in getting his bill pushed through the legal bureaucracy. And I am sure that those who believe guns kill people will do everything they can to suppress the right to self protection.
By PAUL DAVENPORT and JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press Writers
PHOENIX – Favoring the constitutional right to bear arms over others’ concerns about gun safety, Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without requiring a permit.
The measure takes effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends, which likely puts the effective date in July or August.
“I believe this legislation not only protects the Second Amendment rights of Arizona citizens, but restores those rights as well,” Brewer, a Republican, said in a statement.
Alaska and Vermont now do not require permits to carry concealed weapons.
CLEVELAND – One judge’s solution for citizens feeling less secure because of budget cuts in an Ohio county: Carry a gun.
Judge Alfred Mackey of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court advised residents Friday to be vigilant and arm themselves because the number of deputies has been cut about in half because of a tight budget. He also urged neighbors to organize anti-crime block watch groups.
“They have to be law-abiding, and if they are not familiar with firearms they need to take a safety course so they are not a threat to their family and friends and themselves,” Mackey said Friday.
Mackey, whose comments were first broadcast Thursday by WKYC-TV in Cleveland, was expressing concerns with budget cuts that have trimmed the sheriff’s department from 112 to 49 deputies in the county, which is Ohio’s largest by land area.
Asked by WKYC how people should respond to the cuts and limited patrols, he said, “Arm themselves. Be very careful and just be vigilant because we’re going to have to look after each other.”
Andrew Pollis, who teaches law at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, saw the original TV clip of Mackey and said it was clear the judge wasn’t advocating vigilantism.
Still, Pollis said, snippets of the comments could be misunderstood “as a license, if you will, to engage in conduct which we as a society collectively would not want.”
In Akron, Summit County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Cosgrove, president-elect of the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association, said she was surprised by Mackey’s suggestion.
“That’s scary to me,” she said. “I don’t know what the situation in Ashtabula County is. I personally would never — that’s a personal choice in terms of carrying a weapon.”
With deputies assigned to transport prisoners and serve warrants, only one radio car is assigned to patrol the county of 720 square miles, excluding municipalities with police departments. The sheriff’s patrol area covers most of the county, the judge said Friday.
Mackey said the response to his comments has been positive in the mostly rural county between Cleveland and Erie, Pa.
“People in this county are hunters,” said Mackey, who grew up on a farm with rifles and still owns firearms. “People have familiarity with firearms.”
Messages seeking comment on the judge’s remarks were left for Sheriff William Johnson and county commissioners.
Johnson has threatened to sue the commissioners to have some of his department’s funding restored.
The jail in the county of about 100,000 people has held as many as 140 prisoners, but the number has dipped to about 30 because of reductions in the guard staff. About 700 people are on a waiting list to serve time in the jail.
Ohio has had a concealed handgun law for five years, and from October to December the Ashtabula County sheriff issued 54 licenses. Twenty-eight licenses were renewed.
On Wednesday, March 24, at 10:15 a.m. in the South Hearing Room, the Senate Judiciary – Criminal Justice Committee will be hearing sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 239, which would make numerous pro-gun improvements to Ohio’s gun laws.
SB239, sponsored by State Senators Shannon Jones (R-7) and Tim Shaffer (R-31), would eliminate the current confusing standards of carrying a firearm in a motor vehicle. In addition, the proposal would also allow permit holders to carry a firearm for self-defense in a restaurant that serves alcohol, provided they are not consuming, thus eliminating another “victim zone” in Ohio.
Ohio has overly burdensome stipulations regarding how a concealed firearm must be carried in a motor vehicle. Current law specifies that a firearm must be either be:
1.) In a holster secured on the person.
2.) In a closed case, bag, box, or other container that is in plain sight and that has a lid, a cover, or a closing mechanism with a zipper, snap, or buckle, which must be opened for a person to gain access to the handgun.
3.) The loaded handgun is securely encased by being stored in a closed glove compartment or center console, or in a case that is locked. A locked case does not need to be in plain sight (an unlocked case does).
SB239 is a critical step forward to help assure that Ohio permit holders or permit holders of other states are not arrested for accidentally carrying their firearm in a prohibited manner.