Council of Great City Schools Pushes Anti-Second Amendment Resolution

Council of Great City Schools Pushes Anti-Second Amendment Resolution
Council of Great City Schools Pushes Anti-Second Amendment Resolution

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- The Council of Great City Schools has published a resolution calling for severe infringements on the Second Amendment.

The Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) is an organization of 70 urban public school systems, first formed in 1956.  It started with 10 large, urban schools and has grown with federal funding. As such, it is not surprising it pushes causes dear to those pushing for more and bigger government, more taxes, more spending, more federal funding. It's member are nearly entirely funded by tax dollars.  Most of its teachers would be members of the far left National Education Association. When the CGCS says they wish to improve education, they are essentially saying: Give us more money. From cgcs.org:

The Council of the Great City Schools brings together 70 of nation’s largest urban public school systems in a coalition dedicated to the improvement of education for children in the inner cities. The Council and its member school districts work to help our schoolchildren meet the highest standards and become successful and productive members of society.

The Council keeps the nation’s lawmakers, the media, and the public informed about the progress and problems in big-city schools. The organization does this through legislation, communications, research, and technical assistance.

As with much propaganda, the resolution from the CGCS contains a mixture of truisms, falsehoods, and logical fallacies. My hope was that an educational organization would check facts. It is not hard to do with easy access to the Internet. But the CGCS resolution is not about truth, facts, or logic. It is about pushing a Progressive policy agenda. Here are a few of the gems from the Resolution, and a critique. Quotes from the resolution are indented.From cgcs.org:

WHEREAS, too many of our young people are shot and killed on the streets of our major cities almost every day;

Many would consider this a truism, but it is not. It has underlying assumptions that are far from universally accepted. How many is too many? Is one too many? If one of the young people is shot to prevent them from murdering a younger child, a senior citizen, or from raping a child, is that one too many?  The assumption does nothing to differentiate useful and justified shootings from those that are illegitimate.

WHEREAS, Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed with a gun than people in other developed countries;

This assumption is crafted with a careful caveat. It only includes a few countries in the world, undefined as “developed countries”.  No reason is given for that differentiation. You could as easily consider “New World Countries” or “English speaking Countries”.  A VOX  definition includes Qatar, Barbados, and Cyprus as “developed countries” while excluding Brazil, Jamaica, and Panama. The deception is completed by using the logical fallacy of irrelevancy. Only people killed with guns are counted. But guns can protect as well as kill; someone killed because they do not have a gun is just as dead as someone killed with a gun. Any statistic that relies on “gun deaths” or “gun violence” is relying on the logical fallacy of irrelevancy. It is the total unjustified homicides that matter, not just “gun homicides”.

WHEREAS, Americans make up about 4.4 percent of the world’s population but own some 42 percent of the world’s guns;

Another example of the irrelevancy argument. Americans are some of the richest people on the planet. Rich people have guns unless prevented from having them by their rulers. The richest people in nearly every country have guns and/or armed security.

WHEREAS, assault weapons have no place in society and other types of guns are too easily obtained;

Simply an assumption, an opinion that some people have and others do not. Guns were more easily obtained 50 years ago, and “assault weapons” (an ill-defined term of legalese, varying from state to state) have been available for a hundred years and more. During that period, the crime rate fell and rose. The primary reason for more mass murder today seems to be the desire of national media to create celebrities out of mass murderers that use guns.

WHEREAS, teachers are not trained law enforcement officers, and should not be asked or incentivized to keep weapons accessible in their classrooms;

More irrelevancy. About 20% of teachers are willing and able to safely carry defensive firearms and protect the children in their care. They should be allowed to do so.

WHEREAS, there is no reason based on any viable research to suggest that adding guns into a school setting or arming teachers would prevent these acts of violence;

There are only hundreds of years of practical experience, several real-world examples, and the failure of the Federal Gun Free School Zone laws to contradict this assumption. Mass shootings deaths in schools increased by about 440 percent since the federal laws were passed.

There are several more questionable WHEREAS statements, and then a large number of resolution statements that are just as irrational, based on false assumptions, irrelevancy, and simple error.  I will include one of the resolution statement to show how ignorant these urban educators are about guns, and crimes either committed with or prevented by the ownership of guns. From the CGCS.org resolution:

NOW, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Council of the Great City Schools calls on the Congress of the United States to ban the sale, purchase, possession, and use of assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition cartridges, except those needed by the military and law
enforcement;

What are large-capacity ammunition cartridges? Might I assume they are cartridges of calibers greater than 20 mm? The authors clearly do not understand the minimal facts about guns.  Such things are easily available with only a little effort. How can we trust such ignorant people to craft legislation that has any relevance to any issue dealing with firearms? The answer is, of course, that we cannot. It would be like asking a person who knows nothing of mathematics or engineering to design a jet airplane.  Not only would it be silly, it would be irresponsible.

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About Dean WeingartenDean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 15 thoughts on “Council of Great City Schools Pushes Anti-Second Amendment Resolution

    1. Not too mention they are all controlled by the Democrats, that alone should tell people what is going on thee Democrats are deliberately causing this so they can push their agenda to rile up the people to push for banning guns then they have total control over us with no way to defend ourselves.

    2. Since it has already been proven that the poison did not even come from Russia, any distressed” animals are an irrelevancy as far as pinning the blame on Russia. Russia was also lately accused of Hacking the power grid” in New England, causing the outage of 200,000 subscribers. Russia said they hadn”t investigated the matter in depth since they have their own weather problems, but mentioned it might have something to do with what World Weather Maps show, that of a Nor”Easter” in the area prior to the general outage. Looney Pushi would never accept that any kind of a storm could cause any power problems It has to be PUTIN since someone saw him throwing a Knife-Switch in Russia!! (The fact that they are 50 hz and we”re 60 of course is an irrelevancy to someone so EXPERT in Physics and the Second Law of Thermodynamics”, as he so often reminds us).

    3. All these anti-gun statements are total bull. These people ought to have to be educated on firearms before making these dangerous statements. Yea the United States is 3rd in murders throughout the World! But if you take out Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC, New Orleans, the United States is 4th from the bottom for murders. These cities all have the toughest gun laws in the Country.

      I wrote my Congressman, Readers Digest version, the following information.

      You took God out of our schools, so our children have no moral compass. Nationwide Government Mental Health facilities have been shut down, so where are crazy people supposed to go to get help. Hollywood force feeds our children gun violence as entertainment. Computer games makes them active participants in gun violence and they actually get rewarded for killing. And we murder a million children a year because they were inconvenient.

      Tell me Congressman, what else could you expect? Before the above we didn’t have this problem. You might consider correcting all the mistakes.

      I encourage ALL of you to write your representatives, this isn’t rocket science.

      1. If you adjust the murder numbers in those big cities and states for illegal aliens, a huge drop in numbers will happen. Illegal aliens bring their homeland murder, domestic violence and social attitudes the what would otherwise be peaceful.
        This is also the problem in England and Germany. Violent Muslim bring “honor killings” and other acceptable violence and killings to civilized communities.

    4. Bottom feeders similar to Planned Parenthood. Neither have any real purpose other than spending OUR money. Shut off the money flow and they will gasp and go home. Another wrong that needs righting. Communism is well and active in this country. Unbelievable from the people we elect to fight for and protect our interests. It all falls back on government.

    5. They have made it clear to the next idiot where he can come to a killing field without worry of someone defending themselves.

    6. Maybe they should lose federal funding most likely just goes to overpaying teachers the 8 1/2 months plus 45 teacher institute days they waste sitting around doing nothing not to mention Thanks giving break Christmas break and spring break and all the federal holiday’s they have off. And the don’t like the second amendment maybe we need an amendment to make school year round so the have to work for their money for a change only get two or three weeks vacation like the rest of us.

    7. First & foremost, countries & government’s that only allow their Police & Military to have guns is called a POLICE STATE.
      One of the Founding Fathers reason for including the 2nd amendment was to provide citizens a guaranty against a tyrannical government disarming and then subjecting them.

    8. Forget the political anti-gun stance of the CGCS – as soon as I saw that it gets federal funding, my thought was “This is ANOTHER useless, redundant, downright asinine layer of bureaucracy that needs to be eliminated.”

      1. @HankB Not only yes, but hell yes! They have been a waste of taxpayers money since 1956! How many covert socialist political hacks have avoided working by being in the CGCS? I bet that they get a handsome retirement, too!

    9. When I was in school the Russians launch Sputnik and the feds began to set standards for education. Despite the fact that the USA had the worlds’ best schools the feds decided we needed more science and math.
      The teachers unions decided the country needed social change. Teachers didn’t want to waste time teaching real history, so courses were streamlined, new textbooks summarized history and nobody bothered to verify the summary was accurate.
      As big city schools became dangerous, many parents began to home school. Then it was discovered that the home schooled did much better on SAT and college entrance exams.
      It is true, public schools do teach children to socialize but that isn’t what school’s primary task is supposed to be.
      Students in public schools learn to dance and get dates more easily than kids from the country schools and those who are home schooled.
      When I was in school classes started a 9 AM and ended at 3:30. The teachers were in the classroom at 8:30 until 5 PM.
      Lots of kids carried a pocket knife [ I did ] and nobody was ever cut or threatened. WE sharpened pencils or cut boxes and paper.

    10. The CGCS. Needs to Be Disbanded !
      Their are Better ways to spend tax dollars
      than on Propaganda Mills for the Left .
      The CGCS is not needed today with the
      structure of our Educational system today !

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