Welcome Back to School! Did you Secure Your Firearm?

Every time there is a deplorable, heinous mass shooting, we see a variety of perspectives trotted out about gun control. In the past, I've made every effort to keep my mouth shut about these controversial topics. Recently, I noticed the following news article, Texas to Loosen Gun Laws. Here are my biases and thoughts, which will continue to evolve over time.

Inventorying My Biases

Before I share my opinion, allow me to inventory my biases. Here are some of the things I am and/or believe. I am open to changing the beliefs but other things, not so much obviously. The purpose of this blog is to allow me to trot out some ideas then see where ideas go wrong (or right). I do not claim infallibility.

Ok, here goes:

  1. I am a Hispanic. I enjoy dual citizenship in the Republic of Panama and the United States. I was born in the Republic of Panama, raised from age 10 in the United States.
  2. My ethnic heritage includes half Swedish, half Panamanian.
  3. I believe in Jesus as THE Christ and confess He is my Lord and Savior. I do not believe in a literal interpretation of the Old Testament, and think the "Christian" worldviews espoused on popular AM radio stations, politicians, and gun-totin' Christians to be perversions of the Gospel. I do not claim to be a perfect human being so I try to keep my mouth shut about others. Did I mention I'm not perfect?
  4. Guns are for killing and we shouldn't sugarcoat it. We live in an imperfect world. I exercise my free will to protect myself, even if that means hurting or killing someone else who has intent to do harm. For every action, there must be consequences. A "Pray for peaceful resolution but keep your powder dry" type of situation.
  5. My father, child of Swedish immigrants, fought in the Korean Conflict and is interred at the Ft. Sam Houston Cemetery. He earned the Bronze Star with "V" for valor. He was a Canal Zone policeman. He worked hard to keep me from joining the military or becoming a policeman. His approach to gun safety was to show me where his service revolver was kept then explain to me that I should not play with it or touch it. I followed the same approach with my own children. Neither he or I ever saw the need to go hunting. Self-defense and killing animals don't always go together.
  6. I have observed that ignorant people have strange ideas, so education is better than ignorance. People who have education should work to the benefit of all, not try to solidify their power and position by preying on the ignorant. If you're wondering, that's why I think the Republican Party that follows President Trump to be in gross violation of that belief.

    And, based on President Trump's words, he is an individual whom I would NEVER hire in K-12 education and would "fire" or terminate. Any K-12 educator who thinks D. Trump's behavior (words, actions) to be appropriate for K-12 education raises serious concerns in my mind.
  7. Racism has reared its head and the lack of action from elected leaders is urging it on.
  8. I believe that American adults should have the right to bear arms so they can defend themselves. The kinds of weapons they should have access to include handguns, shotguns, rifles for hunting. I have no objections to assault rifle bans, stopping devices that turn weapons into fully automatic killing machines.
  9. I don't think teachers should have to carry weapons to protect their students in schools. If someone works or attends a public school, then that is the responsibility of the society to protect those people while they are engaged in the sacred act of education.
  10. I believe that the NRA, the gun lobby, all the politicians they have bought off, want to tap into the education budgets available, so they are failing to take appropriate action to deal with mass murderers wreaking havoc. They want more people to be afraid so that everyone has to BUY a weapon they have to PAY to get licensed to carry, along with all the ammunition needed. It's all economics so they can make money. This is despicable.

Loosening Gun Laws

In the article, Texas to loosen firearm laws, allowing guns in churches and on school grounds, these updates are announced:

  • House Bill 1143 says a school district cannot prohibit licensed gun owners, including school employees, from storing a firearm or ammunition in a locked vehicle on a school parking lot -- provided they are not in plain view.
    My Response: If you have a license to carry, you should be allowed to carry anywhere like movie theatres. But schools are special. Putting dangerous things in close proximity to children isn't wise. That said, we need more expectations as to how people secure weapons in their vehicles. A locked glove compartment is insufficient.
  • House Bill 1387 loosens restrictions on how many armed school marshals a school district can appoint.
    My Response:
    A safe society should have no need for armed school marshals. But it's clear that our elected leaders, those who support them, are unwilling to do what is necessary to safeguard our children and their teachers when they are engaged in education. It is my opinion that this is by design so that schools will issue firearms to teachers just like they do inadequate school supplies. I can see it now. "Here's your pea-shooter. Oh, you don't want it because you brought your own 9mm? Ok, just sign this form."
  • House Bill 2363 allows some foster homes to store firearms and ammunition in a safe and secure place for personal protection. Proper storage must be followed, the bill says, including putting firearms and ammunition together in the same locked locations. It also goes into effect on September 1.
    My Response: Makes sense.
  • House Bill 302 bans homeowners or landlords of rental property from prohibiting residents from lawfully possessing, carrying, transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition in the property.
    My Response: This makes sense, as well. Who would have thought an apartment renter couldn't protect themselves?
  • House Bill 1177 prohibits residents from being charged with a crime for carrying a handgun while evacuating from a state or local disaster area.
    My Response: Makes sense to me. People should have the right to protect their property, and that means evacuating it from the site of a disaster.
  • Senate Bill 535 clarifies the possession of firearms at churches, synagogues or other places of worship. It allows licensed handgun owners to legally carry their weapons in places of worship
    My Response: People in church have a right to defend themselves there as well as anywhere else. But it makes you wonder at a society that can't protect its churches or schools.

You may surprised to learn that I agree with all of this legislation. In one district I worked, it seemed like every other director or superintendent was licensed to carry. "How do you know I don't have my pistol in my bag?" asked one assistant superintendent.

Some More Thoughts

Given all the mass shootings, I would like to hope that Americans who choose to go armed might do so and improve the safety/security of their surroundings. However, I believe there is a conspiracy to take no action that prevents gun vendors from making a profit. I don't think murderers are deranged humans suffering mental illness. They are people who have decided to adopt attitudes and philosophies that lead to the extermination of other peoples. We may like to say they are nuts, but in THEIR minds, they are reasonable. When you have elected leaders pushing their agenda, using code words and adhering to worldviews that reinforce those human endangering mindsets, then it should come as no surprise they will commit acts like the massacres we've seen recently.

The ones pulling the trigger as well as the elected leaders must be stopped by any legal means necessary. For the former, it may be law enforcement action that results in deadly force. For the latter, vote them out, impeach them, remove them from office according to legal means.

Since guns cost so much money, as well as how much it costs to train educators to learn how to defend themselves from Active Shooters, it seems a lot easier to put other efforts in place. That could include

  • assault weapons ban, 
  • more training on the ethical use of weapons in society, 
  • less vitriol that focuses hate on specific groups of people (e.g. Blacks, Hispanics, Jews) and 
  • active prosecution of those groups that do (e.g. white supremacists, elected leaders, skinheads, militant ethnic groups).
  • Weeding out these hate groups infiltration of police and military

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