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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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