10/06 Let Teachers Carry Guns
Stop School Shootings: Let Teachers Carry Guns
by Dr. Patrick Jonston
as published at NewsWithViews.com
A drifter walks off the street into a Colorado public school and kidnaps a half a dozen girls before sexually molesting then shooting one of them. Three Wisconsin teenagers are taken into custody for plotting a bomb attack on their school. A teacher is gunned down in Vermont as a man searches angrily from classroom to classroom for his ex-girlfriend. Another student in a rural school shoots his principal. Bam! Bam! Bam! And that’s just the past six weeks in the public school system.
Those “Gun-Free Zone” signs in front of public schools just aren’t catching on. Or are they?
Is it just me or does anybody else see the obvious connection between “gun-free zones” and murder? Harris and Klebold at Columbine High School… John Lee Malvo in Baltimore… Charles McCoy in Columbus, Ohio… United 93… Washington, D.C. — the city with the highest murder rate in the country and the strictest gun control laws. Hmmm… “gun-free zones” and cold-blooded mass murder — any connection?
When Ohio passed legislation allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons in 2004, a colleague asked me, “Dr. Johnston, aren’t you going to put up the placard to keep concealed weapons out of your office?” A physician wouldn’t want guns in his office, right? I walked into the hospital when I saw one of the placards: “No weapons of any kind are allowed inside this building.” Buses and public schools also have them posted.
At least now, if there are mass shootings, there’s little doubt as to where they will occur.
Gun control laws do not protect good people; they disarm good people. Bad people are encouraged, not intimidated, by gun control laws. Criminals, by definition, break the law — how is a new law going to prevent them from carrying a gun when they’re breaking a law to use it in a crime in the first place? A placard outside of a school or hospital is not going to prevent a criminal from carrying a gun onto the property. The placards may make the criminals more likely to use their gun, however. Criminals prefer a disarmed population. Defenseless people are easier to victimize. Criminals aren’t stupid — “gun-free zones” are the safest places to kill people and that’s why most of the mass murders in our nation take place at these locations. The gun control policies of the public school system are almost as deadly as their Planned Parenthood-sponsored sex education classes.
No, my dear patients, my office will not be a “gun-free zone.” I care too much about your health — and mine. Good people have nothing to fear from good people keeping and bearing arms. Only bad people need fear that. Oh, if there were only that much sense in a politician willing to defy the liberal insanity of “gun-free zones” and allow good people to carry the means of defense on their person.
Our nation’s “gun-free zones” are a microcosm of the politics of mass murder on a much grander scale: Mao tse Tung, Hitler, and Stalin, the three most infamous mass murderers in history, only succeeded in their diabolical tyranny because of successful gun control. Gun control is job security for criminals and tyrants, who lie about what keeps us safe and usurp God-given rights to protect us. Guns in the hands of teachers, doctors, and bus drivers are not what is transforming our “gun-free zones” into killing zones. It’s guns in the hands of criminals, giddy with the leftist policies that guarantee their victims and any eyewitnesses will be disarmed and defenseless.
“But we can always dial 911, and the police will protect us!”
Tell that to the six girls in Colorado that were held at gunpoint while the police waited outside behind their cars? Tell that to the Columbine students, who hid under desks at the library and barricaded themselves in classrooms as Harris and Klebold went on their killing spree while officers hid behind their bullet-proof shields outside the school for hours. In their defense, the police were successful at keeping armed and furious parents from charging onto school property to kill the butchers and protect their kids. That would have violated school policy, and the parents may have been shot in the back had they tried it. Carrying guns onto school property, even if it’s to protect your kids from mass murderers, is almost as bad as student-led prayer or posting the Ten Commandments!
This summer, we learned that all of our increased inconvenience since 9-11 in security lines at airports didn’t protect us a bit from the type of explosives that we now know the terrorists were most likely to use — liquid explosives that were undetectable to our state-of-the art security machines. With the politically correct, militant stupidity of security personnel, now government agents, insistent on ignoring the profile of every airline hijacker in modern history and instead confiscating toenail clippers and feeling down elderly black women, I’ve never been so tempted to carry a box-cutter on the plane before! — just to protect myself and my family from the terrorists who might be taking advantage of the government policies. Disarming the victims to increase their safety makes about as much sense as ordering illegal aliens to show up at a deportation hearing.
Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Sending your children to public schools is not only detrimental to their soul, with their mandated evolution, their immoral sex ed classes, and the banning of prayer and Bible-reading, but it’s also detrimental to their lives. Until we have a separation of school and state and embrace free-market schooling, there is a better option for loving parents: home school, or send your children to a non-Amish Christian school where the government doesn’t disallow the exercise of common sense.
Patrick and his wife Elizabeth Johnston reside in central Ohio with their five young home-schooled children. Patrick Johnston is a family practice physician and founder of the Association of Pro-life Physicians, which is dedicated to restoring a remnant of physicians in our communities who are convinced that life begins at conception. He also founded the Alliance to Reform Education Funding to fight public school levies and promote Christian home-schooling, as well as the Coalition for Justice for All Ohioans.