School ‘Gun Violence’ PSA Overlooks the Most Obvious Warning Sign

by David Codrea

Gun Free School Zone sign
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USA -( “Do you see the chilling warning signs in this PSA about gun violence?” The Washington Post asks in a headline to a “report” posted as “news” rather than as free advertising for gun-grab group Sandy Hook Promise’s latest video.

The slick propaganda piece relies on sleight of mind, keeping viewers’ attention focused on an unfolding “love story” in the foreground while a classmate plans out and ultimately initiates a “school shooting.”

The first “warning sign” is perhaps the most implausible – openly reading a gun magazine in a public school library, as if that wouldn’t trigger a hysterical administrative overreaction followed with, at minimum, suspension and a mandated psych evaluation.

The rest of the “signs,” from posting an ominous photo and message on social media, to being bullied, to making overt shooting gestures in class, hit on all the clichés.

Ultimately, the message viewers are advised to walk away with:

Know the signs.

Gun Free School Zone
Gun Free School Zone

That in itself is not a bad idea. It would be wrong to maintain such warning signs don’t exist. It goes without saying timely interventions might help make different outcomes.

Still, it leaves the most important and relevant sign – the one that all but assures a killer’s “success” – completely ignored:

“Gun violence is preventable when you know the signs,” Sandy Hook Promise assures us.

Not all is.

Not as long as “progressive” policies in addition to a citizen disarmament agenda are still in play. Not as long as the biggest bullies public schoolchildren generally face are activist teachers and administrators forcing an agenda on them.

Not as long as a significant number of boys are drugged for being boys. And not as long as the one thing that will protect children from predators is ridiculed and prohibited.

Especially since the only thing that will stop the killer in the PSA will be when armed men show up.

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David Codrea
David Codrea

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Having spent a good portion of my life in the classroom I have a different perspective. I am glad to be retired because most schools operate under much different philosophies than in the past. But if I were teaching in a a large high school like I once did, I would carry in secret. I would not discuss it, I would not brag about it, I would just do it and not be ashamed in the process. I can already hear all the negative responses but If the naysayers ever had a student in an active shooter situation they might… Read more »


Oh Bud, come on now, be REASONABLE. Dontchya know GUNS kill folks? and you want to HAVE ONE in a SCHOOL where there are hundreds of vulnerable innocent kids, at high risk because, let’s be “honest” those nasty ol GUNS can just pick themselves right out of your holster, point themselves at some of those CHILDREN and begin blowing holes in them? What kinna nubjob ARE you anyway?

sark off……. just in case…. ya never know…..

Yes, carry on. Everywhere.

John Wirts

I say who ever establishes a gun free zone ought to be criminally and civilly responsable for all injury and death in said zone. If a shooter comes in anbnd starts shooting,killing some , disabling others and injuring still others. The person, group, organization, of government offical(s) responsable for the establishment of the gun free zone, ought to be charged with aiding and abetting murder, unlawful maming, and/or assault and battery. These people ought to be civilly liable for wrongful death, disablement and injury.caused by them not being able to defend themselves. Anyone who makes anti-gun rules and areas ought… Read more »

Raymond Miller

WARNING, Gun Free School Zone; violators will face severe Federal, State, and Local criminal penalties. After you have killed and maimed as many of our students as you possibly can, our police dept. will respond in a matter of minutes and will negotiate with you while you continue to murder and threaten our young people.


The PSA referenced ought to be referred to as a “Political Service Agenda” promotion. Yes, there are warning signs in the video that should be noted about behaviors, but those are intentionally pushed into the darkened background in this commercial production. A true Public Service Announcement may have used the love story as a front, but would have stopped the action to focus on the warning signs of a troubled young man; we’ve seen this technique used in campaigns against drunk driving, against texting while driving, even when dealing with downed powerline; this “PSA” had a different purpose. This one… Read more »

Jacob M. Opperman

Just what the criminal like to see. Yes they will see that sign and just laugh there asses off over it. Just where are these people heads at cause it isn’t on top of there bodies. My guess up there asses. That sign is just a person thinking lets go and kill just as many as students and staff as possible and then lets get the hell out of dodge. I am glad my kid is grown and out of school. If I did have a school age child and saw that sign I would pull them out of that… Read more »

Manuel Reyna Jr

I totally agree. For many years now, I do not go where my gun is not welcome unless absolutely necessary like a hospital. I no longer go to the post office for that very reason. We live in a different world now. Gun free zones are the new killing fields.