Yet another school shooting rocked the nation this past week in Colorado, killing one student and injuring eight others. This horrific event marks the second school shooting in less than a week after a gunman at the University of North Carolina killed two students and injured four. While some politicians are shamelessly using this latest tragedy as a way to push their ineffective, anti-gun agenda, it’s long past due that we have a serious conversation about how to make our schools safer for our students.
The fact is, schools — which are more often than not designated as “gun-free zones” — represent easy targets for murderous maniacs set on carrying out acts of mass violence. Gun restrictions are the wrong approach, as people set on committing such atrocious crimes don’t care if they aren’t allowed to bring a gun into a certain area. In fact, many of these maniacs target these types of places precisely because they know no one will be able to stop them. While more can and must be done to address the growing mental health crisis in this country, the fact remains that in an active-shooter situation, the only way to stop someone with a firearm is with another firearm.
Florida Takes Proactive Measures
As we saw during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, an armed guard doesn’t always cut it in emergencies, which is precisely why the school’s public safety commission recommended that the state Legislature allow teachers to carry guns. Fortunately, the Florida Legislature heeded this advice, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law this past week. This was a necessary step toward keeping our schools safe. To critics of the legislation, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd simply stated, “When are you going to accept [the] reality that that’s the world we live in today?”
Pro-2A in PA
Unfortunately, our lawmakers haven’t always accepted this reality and have continued to push for ineffective gun laws that do nothing to protect us from murderous maniacs — all while infringing on law-abiding citizens’ God-given right to self-defense. Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto did exactly this by proposing unconstitutional gun-control measures. It’s for this reason that I joined Second Amendment advocates during a rally in Pennsylvania’s Capitol this past week where I was proud to announce State Rep. Aaron Bernstine’s new legislation to make Pennsylvania a constitutional carry state.
Join the USCCA in Pittsburgh!
The USCCA team and I will be back in Pennsylvania this weekend (May 17-19) for our annual Concealed Carry Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The event is expected to attract more than 10,000 concealed carry advocates from across the country. It will be action-packed, with a wide range of speakers, training seminars and even a special showroom dedicated to educating and arming women. On Friday, I will also be hosting a live, scenario-based training event (Proving Ground LIVE) where attendees will be provided with the training they need to protect themselves in dangerous situations. I hope to see you there.
Quote of the Week
- “We need immediate response in a dangerous situation where lives are threatened,” Missouri State Rep. Dean Dohrman said of his legislation that would allow teachers to carry guns in schools. (Houston Herald)
Data Point You Should Know
- In instances where an armed teacher has been present, not one person has been injured or killed during school hours. (Crime Prevention Research Center)
About Tim Schmidt
Tim Schmidt, president and founder of the USCCA, received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech University. After working for a medical equipment company and then a computer hardware company, Tim started his first successful business, Schmidt Engineering, in 1997. In 2003, Tonnie Schmidt and Tim Schmidt began publishing Concealed Carry Magazine, a self-defense magazine that focused on responsible firearms ownership. The magazine grew into a national association providing self-defense education, training and legal protection to more than 420,000 members. Tim enjoys boxing, running, reading, shooting and riding motorcycles.