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December 24, 2012

CONFER: Gun owners: Don't be stupid

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Now, let’s assume that percentage is duplicated amongst the ranks of teachers (which is highly unlikely due to their predominantly-liberal worldviews). That would mean that there are 137,000 teachers with pistol permits. Most pistol permit owners rarely carry their weapon into public and people working in an environment full of children and teens would be less likely to carry. So, let’s suppose that only 2 percent of the licensed teachers actually carry … that would mean that only 2,740 teachers are armed on any given day. There are 133,000 schools in the United States. That means only 2% of all schools would be defended by an armed teacher.

It’s easy to identify holes in such a theory — even for those who count themselves as diehard gun lovers. And, that’s what makes it utterly frustrating when such ideas become not only mainstream, but the leading answer to correcting what ails our mentally and morally corrupt society.

I believe in carrying – and I do carry - a firearm to neutralize dangers posed to me, my family or the public in general. Guns are as equally important to me for putting food on the table. I don’t want anyone, any government, taking my rights away from me, but loudmouthed gun owners who share bad ideas make it way too easy for the other side to win.

So, my challenge to gun owners is this: Don’t be stupid. Don’t get caught up in the emotion of the Newtown tragedy and the emotion and illogic of those who want to limit – even prohibit – our ability to protect ourselves. Take a breather and come back to the debate after the initial smoke has cleared. You – we – need to present to the public at large, as well as elected officials, a reasonable and logical defense for self-defense and offer respectable assessments of what’s wrong with society and how we can fix it.

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