In light of the horrific events in the Connecticut elementary school shooting, I’m writing you in hopes to push for a logical change to the guns-free zones. While I am incredibly loathe to use such an awful event to springboard this, I feel it is necessary as the vast majority of people will want to react emotionally and not logically, aiming for something they believe will protect our children but will in fact only put them in further harm; by which I’m referring to reactive gun control.
The current “NO FIREARMS” signs and laws are only obeyed by law abiding citizens. While in theory they are a logical protection for our children and families, they are proving to consistently fail at their intended goal. I propose a change in law that would allow all citizens to carry firearms on all public properties. Such a law, unlike "Gun Free" laws, would actually enhance the safety of citizens across our land. A "Gun Free Zone" is nothing more than a victim disarmament/criminal empowerment zone. Safety-minded public policy should be implemented in all schools and public buildings. Our children deserve to benefit from such an enhanced public policy. Right now I am at work and near-irrationally worried about the safety of my ten year old daughter who is currently in school.
Let me be clear: I want my child’s teachers to be able to protect my child and other children from harm, and be trained how to proactively stop an assault on our schools. I want to be able to protect my child at school just as much as I am able to do so outside of school.
If someone wishes to enter a school and cause harm, the law against bringing that firearm to school means absolutely nothing to the perpetrating individual. To disarm the only people who are onsite and have any potential to stop or mitigate the resulting situation is practically an open invitation for these tragic occurrences to repeat. Every school that has been the victim of an act of gun-violence has been supposedly protected by the same anti-gun law protecting Sandy Hook Elementary school, and today, like the previous times, we’ve seen how wholly ineffective those laws have been.
As always, disarming law abiding citizens only makes them the victims for when another citizen decided to become a criminal.
To recap: I hope you seriously consider the consequences of preventing firearms on school grounds, and consider the gains of allowing schools to proactively protect our children.