1/24/18, by James Mosher,
One admirable trait about gun control proponents is that they never quit. They press on despite losing big battles, like constitutional carry that became Maine law in 2015. Theoretically, they don’t need to win the big ones. Control can happen through thousands of smaller moves; “death by a thousand cuts.”
Today the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee will consider arguments for LD 1761:
An Act Regarding the Prohibition on the Possession of a Firearm on School Property
The proposal, in the name of ensuring public safety, is to advocate for legislation that once again impedes the progress of those who most need to be unhindered to proactively protect: law-abiding teachers and parents.
Always be wary of those who claim to have your best interest at heart. You are your best advocate. Besides, often what comes in the name of collective good is a hefty price for individual liberty.
The effort led by Democrat Rep. John Martin (Eagle Lake) is a classic case of a solution in search of a problem. There is already Federal standard for firearms in school zones.
In fact, the text of LD 1761 pertaining to the specific placement and status of the firearm within the vehicle is verbatim to that stipulated by Federal Law: a firearm in a vehicle in a school zone must be unloaded and locked up. There doesn’t seem to be anything new here.
If Maine lawmakers are really concerned about public safety, why handcuff the law-abiding?
Why not follow the lead of at least 20 other states that are actively pursuing legislation that enables the amplified presence of firearms in schools? Why hamper individual freedom by nullifying the effectiveness of a tool?
As of 2015, the National Education Association noted that “State lawmakers in nearly 20 states…are considering, or have recently considered, bills that would allow guns in k12 schools or on college campuses — including Colorado, Texas, Nevada, Florida, and Georgia”.
Why not here in Maine?
After all, personal safety really boils down to fundamental Physics; Newton’s First Law of Motion “states that a body remains at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by a force”. If you don’t contend with evil forces, they simply will devour.
Facts do not lie. Incident after incident, the perpetrators of mass murder are checked by those with guns. Wayne LaPierre is right: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Check out the following statistics gathered by Gun Owners of America:
“Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year — or about 6,850 times a day. This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives”.
“Armed citizens kill more crooks than do the police. Citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as police do every year (1,527 to 606).”
Those of us who truly care about the safety and security of our children know the truth. The terrorists have promised to hit the soft targets; “…well-armed bands of terrorists striking simultaneously and sequentially against multiple soft targets in an urban area…added suicide vests to increase the carnage…the big worry is that more people will decide to attack using handguns and rifles and not focus on bombs.”
Just imagine events like this happening in one or several of our school districts.
The threat is real. I suggest we respond proactively instead of reactively.
Laws don’t hinder criminals. Decent citizens with the aid of significant neutralizing force do.
This is precisely why the Second Amendment is so important.
It is a force multiplier.
We must no longer bend to the collective bias of progressives who aim to consume liberty.
If we can’t be free to proactively protect our kids, what good is a Constitutional right?
Locking up our guns is not a viable option, but rather a major problem. We want to be prepared when thugs come to wreak havoc, not left exposed with our pants down around our ankles.
If you’d like to weigh in on 1761, contact members of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee.