Below The Radar: Secure Communities and Safe Schools Act

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United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- One thing that has been clear over the years is that perhaps the worst damage the Second Amendment and those who defend it – in the sense of public relations – has been school shootings. We can literally trace massive, sweeping anti-Second Amendment legislation, often at the state level to Columbine, Sandy Hook, and other tragic incidents.

Often, they had high body counts. These counts fueled media coverage and were used by anti-Second Amendment extremists to fuel fear and hysteria among suburban women. As much as Second Amendment supporters want to believe Bloomberg’s billions are 100 percent astroturf, that is not quite the case. Everytown/Moms Demand Action does have support from some parents with real worries, and it means that his money is more amplification than it is true astroturf.

Now, there have been efforts to improve school security. One of those efforts has been to allow teachers to be armed to protect themselves and their students. However, despite massive demand (just Utah and Ohio show just how much), there are some who want to halt such efforts, or at least put barriers in place.

One of those is Representative Val Demings (D-FL), who introduced HR 2383, the Secure Communities, and Safe Schools Act. She doesn’t outright ban teachers from carrying but throws a different hurdle up: School districts will be prohibited from using money from various federal security grant programs to buy teachers firearms or accessories.

Now, if your goal is to halt – or at least mitigate – a school shooting, then this bill is counterproductive. Just look at the West Freeway Church of Christ to see why. That church shooting was stopped by armed intervention on-site in six seconds. Compare that to all the places where cops take minutes to arrive.

Now, we all know a teacher’s salary doesn’t go far. To buy a firearm, holster, ammo, and the range time to train properly is pretty expensive. So, using those grant funds to allow teachers to buy firearms would be a way to help make the schools safer. It works much like concealed carry – not all teachers that carry, but the fact a fraction do carry introduces uncertainty into any attacker’s plan.

Demings, as a former police chief, knows how long it can take cops to arrive. Yet despite knowing the truth, she seeks to leave schools helpless. Worse, this bill has already been reported to the full House of Representatives. Second Amendment supporters need to move fast to stop this bill in its tracks.

They need to contact their Senators and Representative, and politely urge them to oppose HR 2383.



About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics, and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

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Rebel VA
Rebel VA
4 months ago

Maybe someone or some group start a GoFundMe to purchase weapons and training for teachers who cannot afford them on their own.

uncle dudley
uncle dudley
4 months ago

Demings wants to be crazy Joe’s running mate and this piece of legislation goes along with what Joe supported years ago with the schools becoming gun free zones.

T.B.
T.B.
4 months ago

If only one teacher in the school was armed whos classroom would you tell your child to run to during a school shooting? Anyone who answers other than the armed teachers classroom is the worlds worst parent a idiot or a liar or all of the above a liberal.

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
4 months ago

Since democrats are determined to keep non-essential services shuttered, schools seem to fit in that category. What’s the need? Just curious, know of any virus affected kids?

TNJEWBOY
4 months ago

What do you expect from a politician with an 11% rating on the Freedom Index.

james
james
4 months ago

Another reason to avoid voting democrat.

cav2108
cav2108
4 months ago

As soon as I saw the title. I knew it was another apology-piece by Harold the apologizer. Author’s name is too long – didn’t read. I was hoping that you were still under lockdown but not working from home you leftist shill.

Bill
Bill
4 months ago
Reply to  cav2108

I know what you mean, but I missed what he said here that would get you ticked off. Might argumentum ad hominem be creeping in? I don’t see the problem, here.

loveaduck
loveaduck
4 months ago
Reply to  cav2108

You didn’t read it? Well, ignorance is bliss, I guess.