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Bush Summit To Discuss Solutions For School Violence
-- Great opportunity for GOA to show politicos facts, not emotions

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://www.gunowners.org

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

After three fatal school shootings in a week, President Bush has told
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Education Secretary Margaret
Spellings to come up with solutions to addressing the problem in our
nation's schools. Specifically, the meetings -- which begin this
week -- will host educators and law-enforcement officials from around
the country.

They are charged with reviewing security procedures around our
nation's schools to help prevent campus-based violence.

GOA has a great opportunity to show the President and others how to
stop gun violence on school grounds. Of course, it's inevitable that
the gun issue is going to come up. The media is already clamoring
for that.

"There is a link in these killings," opined The Charlotte Observer.
"A gun was used." So, we need more gun control, the paper's editors
say.

The Charlotte Observer is not alone. And that's why it is important
that the gun owning community present evidence showing how we can
make our schools safer. As GOA pointed out last week:

1. No amount of gun control would have stopped Charles Carl Roberts
from acquiring guns to commit his atrocity. Roberts had a clean
record and would have passed any and every background check.

2. The so-called "gun free school zones" have to go. Such
disarmament zones never stop bad guys from taking guns into a
restricted area. In fact, statistics show that the jurisdictions
that ban guns tend to be the same areas with the highest murder or
crime rates (Washington, D.C., England, etc.).

3. The only school shootings that have been stopped prematurely were
ended because law-abiding citizens had guns -- such as in Pearl
Mississippi (1997) and at the Appalachian School of Law (2002), where
faculty and responsible adults were able to bring their own defensive
firearms to bear. This is an idea that Americans support, as 85% of
the American public find it appropriate for a principal or teacher to
use "a gun at school to defend the lives of students" in stopping a
school massacre (Research 2000 Poll).

To this end, Wisconsin state representative, Frank Lasee, will be
introducing legislation to allow teachers or principals to defend
students with guns. GOA has already appeared on MSNBC and other
media outlets to plug Lasee's bill.

This summit is a great opportunity to invite groups like GOA to
present the facts above and give concrete solutions for how to combat
school violence in our nation's schools.

ACTION: Because the subject of gun control is destined to arise at
the summit this week, please urge President Bush and Education
Secretary Margaret Spellings to invite gun groups like GOA and the
NRA to present the real facts regarding gun ownership in this
country. They need to see that arming teachers and principals is a
solution that works and is supported by 85% of the American public.

You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send Bush and Spellings a
pre-written e-mail message. You can also reach them at:

PRESIDENT BUSH
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461
E-Mail: [email protected]

SECRETARY SPELLINGS
Phone: 202-401-3000
FAX: 202-401-0596
E-Mail: [email protected]
 

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Just finished emailing both of them-no, they might not see them-yes, it's worth the try. Please don't just let it go-it's so important-not just the crazies but, if you'll remember, the terrorists questioned after 9/11 (at least 2) stated that they were going to target our schools. Get everyone you can to respond in a logical way and maybe we can make a difference once again. Till we tried-we didn't have CCW, either---let's give it all we have and see if we can change this thing. It's the only thing that has-does-will work. Gun-free/drug-free zone signs are worthless-the one in my yard doesn't protect the school around the corner one bit-most of the attackers aren't going to jail-they're suicidal...Meet the force with force a few times-even crazies will give it a second thought-and your child or grandchild may be spared.
 

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My duty assignment places me in schools every day, when school is in session.

As a firsthand observer ( and responder, when needed ) I can comment that given the accessibility of people within the phsical confines of the average school..an intruder, by virtue of that inherent access to people..can inflict multiple casualties, fast...period.

Most districts today are quite security-oriented...thankfully...BUT primary focus is still education, and that is as it should be. Lockdowns, etc., have a degree of effectiveness and can "buy time" for response by LE. BUT having certain trained/qualified individuals armed is, in my opinion, not a bad idea.

There are quite a few teachers who are shooters and/or hunters...both male and female. Most of these folks would be fair-to-middlin' protectors until the police arrive. AND...teachers are quite used to sudden change and crisis...they usually can keep cool in almost anything...they HAVE to!

The sad truth is that we really ought not to need police in schools OR think of teachers with guns...but reality of the world we live mandates otherwise!

Good luck...
 

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That is the sad truth but being the truth there should be an effort to provide better protection for children and personel in our schools and having trained armed people there would be a good way to start.
 
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