Gun nuts are claiming a big win in their plan to get more guns into schools:
Despite being mercilessly mocked by the MSM for suggesting armed police officers be put in schools — a program the NRA dubbed the National School Shield program — the idea has quickly taken hold all around the country. From Texas to Virginia to Staten Island to Sandy Hook Elementary itself, parents are demanding that their children be afforded armed protection rather than trust their luck to gun-free zone designations that determined murderers tend not to comply with.
No one will ever accuse these folks of humility, that’s for sure. Let’s see how their effort to defeat gun-free school zones and put more guns into schools is going in the real world, shall we? Let’s check rural Ohio:
The school board voted unanimously on Wednesday to allow four janitors to carry their own guns inside the school. Four janitors, all men, have volunteered to take part and are to undergo a two-day training course in March that will be paid for by the school district.
This is an (edited) comment I saw in John’s gun post (thank you, Oregon guy)
I’ve had the pleasure of living in the one place in the world where it is positively required to carry a weapon on your person at all times – an Army FOB in Iraq… On the FOB, we were required to carry our weapons as described above at ALL TIMES. Also, weapons on the FOB were unloaded. You kept a magazine on your person ready to insert, lock and load as needed but unless you were on perimeter patrol or tower watch you did not have a loaded weapon on the FOB. Why? Because negligent discharges happen, and people get hurt or killed.
When leaving the FOB on a mission everyone would “go red,” which means we would insert magazines, lock and load a round into the chamber of our weapons. When we returned from missions, immediately inside the FOB there were clearing barrels, basically 40 gallon oil drums half filled with sand, and with a circular opening cut into the top.
We would dismount our vehicles., walk to a clearing barrel under the supervision of another soldier, drop our mags, eject the round from the chamber, and lock the bolt back so the weapon could be verified as “clear.” Then, and only then, could we proceed into the FOB which was filled with unarmored people.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is what a “well regulated militia” does.
Negligent discharge. Hmmm. Maybe gun nuts aren’t familiar with this risk to children? Oh, they know about it, all right. They spend a lot of time in emergency rooms. Here is a site where they share stories of negligent discharge. This is one story. There are many.
I came across your story and just wanted to say thanks for having the guts to tell it. About a year ago, I was cleaning my 1911 in the kitchen, wife wasn’t home, she had our oldest with her and our baby was upstairs taking a nap, he was about a 16 months old then. I, for some reason, thought I had it emptied out, but never the less I aimed it at the floor, in a direction where I knew that even if I was wrong the penetration of the floor would only lead to the basement and a concrete floor I pulled the trigger, and it went off. I was sitting at a weird angle to where I was aiming and realized it had actually ricocheted off the carpet, through the let of the high chair, and into a wall. Exactly the direction I did NOT want it to go. Then I realized that our baby didn’t cry upstairs, and went ice cold trying to figure out why the noise hadn’t woken him. I can’t even tell you the terror realizing that the wall the bullet had entered was right below his crib. I went upstairs, more scared than I had ever been in my life…he was sleeping soundly, little chest rising and falling as it should be, I even moved him a bit to hear him just start to wake to be sure, then let him settle back down to continue his nap. I told my wife when she got home, cried again and told her I would only clean and handle at the range from there on out (unless of course there is an intruder). Always thought of the folks who do this sort of thing as idiots who just arent thinking. Pride comes before the all I suppose, just as the bible says.
Our kids would be safer from an accident involving a gun on a FOB in Iraq than in their second grade classroom in rural Ohio. Big win for the gun nuts.They finally beat the gun-free school zones. I would suggest they stop crowing and start hoping that there aren’t any accidents, ever, when their unregulated and poorly-trained militia experiment arrives in public schools.