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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

If Charles Poland had had a gun ...

... he might be alive today.

This post is going to try to discuss some of the obstacles we as gun owners face.

There's a great hue and cry about posting armed security (police officers, private firms, etc) at schools across the country. While I can understand the motivation, it's really not practical unless the officer has other duties to attend to (which would necessarily take his or her mind off security); that is, it's a waste of money.

But when firearms owners mention allowing teachers (and bus drivers) to carry permitted weapons, all hell breaks loose. All the usual canards are applicable.

Except that no one is suggesting that teachers take on the role of armed peace officers or SWAT teams; rather, all we are suggesting is that teachers be allowed to carry the most effective tool to defend themselves and our children should it become necessary.

That necessity came to pass last Tuesday when Jimmy Lee Dykes boarded a school bus driven by Charles Poland with kidnapping and murder on his mind. And since Mr Poland was unarmed, he was left to depend on the mental acuity of a man who neighbors indicated had none. Needles to say, he lost.

Yes, he died in the honorable pursuit of defending those who are the most vulnerable and innocent among u

pms. I would rather he prevailed in a confrontation because he had the tools to do so available to him.

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