By CJ Grisham, President, OCT
With Campus Carry less than a year away in Texas, Universities are scrambling to find as many places to ban the concealed carry of a handgun by licensed Texans as possible. Since the bill passed in June, liberals in student government and the educational elite have kicked into high gear to oppose the law in any possible.
One of the talking points by the left is that guns need to be banned around the kids. “We need to protect the kids.” Universities are already releasing their recommendations and top of the list is any building or area where there is a dual credit high school presence or a child care facility. This begs the questions, “What makes a child care facility any more or less dangerous than anywhere else on campus?”
This is obviously an issue that the gun grabbers don’t want to talk about because it would expose an obvious flaw in their thinking. However, this is not the biggest problem gun rights face in Texas. The biggest problem is that so-called conservatives and “gun rights” organizations have bought into this nonsense.
There’s an irony to the debate between those that support gun control and those that support broad gun rights in that we all really want the same thing: to be safe and feel protected. The problem is that we haven’t beliefs about what that means. Or do we?
Everywhere you look, you hear conservatives swallowing and regurgitating the same liberal mindset that for some reasons we’re supposed to be afraid that kids might be around someone with a gun. *GASP
Take, for example, the current debate raging in Michigan. It all started when a law abiding parent open carried at his kid’s school – something perfectly legal in Michigan. However, instead of people shrugging their shoulders and asking “So?” we have people losing their ever-loving minds!
“People should just be outraged,” said [Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall] Neal, about allowing guns on school campuses. “We will go down to the bitter end saying that it is wrong. Parents and community members need to come together and say this is not in the best interest of our children.”
Why should people be outraged? What’s the big deal? Does the presence of kids under a certain age cause law abiding gun owners to all the sudden feel the need to slaughter innocent children and go on shooting rampaging because they cross the threshold of a K-12 school? Or is the real reason people should be outraged much more sinister?
Our liberal education system has been hard work for past 50 years brainwashing kids to fear guns. This has produced a generation of parents that likely fear guns and pass that down to their kids. Many have become educators. This has been a concerted effort to use our schools as a breeding ground for taking away our basic right to self-defense.
These days, you can’t eat a Pop-Tart in the shape of a gun. Heaven forbid you pretend play cowboys and Indians with nothing more than a piece of paper and imagination. Kids are getting suspended for things we all did growing up and probably many of us still do as adults: using our hands to resemble a gun with our thumbs and index fingers. It’s practically a felony to do so and say “pow” it seems.
What this does is it causes kids to fear guns and they made to believe that just the sight of something resembling a gun will result in disciplinary action. Not only do they see this in their classrooms, but when they are raised in “gun free zones” they are educated to believe that guns are so bad we need to keep them out of certain places because they have a tendency to jump out of their holsters and start mowing down students.
It wasn’t that long ago that gun safety training was presented in classrooms across America. A majority of schools had gun clubs. JROTC programs even had shooting teams that incorporated gun safety and marksmanship using pellet guns. But, now, the leftist narrative is that kids are somehow less safe than adults when a law abiding citizens has a holstered handgun nearby. That magic bubble that encases school property causes otherwise peaceful people to turn in murderous monsters bent on filling as many small graves as possible.
I’ve mentioned that this is a leftist push, but the right has bought into. In Michigan, a bill to ban open carry in schools (SB 442) was written by a Republican and it’s a terrible bill.
The problem boils down one, simple emotion: fear. Logic, fact, reality and good sense have been pushed to the back seat of the reality mobile; probably all the way to the trunk. When presented with a logical argument that a school is no different than a barber shop, a mall, a baseball game, a restaurant, a book store, a sidewalk, or a home, the only fallback is manufactured “fear and anxiety.”
School board member Wendy Falb, who is also on the legislative committee, and Ross also spoke about guns adding to the anxiety some students already feel in school for various reasons.
“Even if the person is well meaning, not a criminal, they have to understand for us it creates fear and anxiety,” she said.
Instead of giving in to fear by removing guns from the public square, how about we simply get back to education and put gun safety training back into our schools?