92°F
weather icon Clear

It’s Time to Abolish Gun-Free Zones

Exactly how many more innocent, unarmed teachers and students need to be slaughtered on a school campus before people get angry enough to demand that the Nevada Legislature abolish these absolutely insane gun-free zones?

The recent shooting at the Sparks Middle School is particularly infuriating. One teacher was shot and killed. Two students were shot and seriously wounded. And it could have been a lot worse if the kid with the gun had decided to keep shooting other kids instead of killing himself.

Here’s the most outrageous part of this. The murdered teacher, Michael Landsberry, was a trained U.S. Marine who served two tours in Afghanistan and was a member of the Nevada Air National Guard. So we’re talking about a man thoroughly trained in the use of weapons who we completely trusted with our national security.

And yet Nevada’s Legislature didn’t trust Michael Landsberry enough to allow him the means necessary to protect himself and dozens of 7th- and 8th-graders on that school playground that fateful morning. As such, this trained military veteran was forced to confront an armed assailant with nothing more than two empty, outstretched hands and the hope that he could talk the kid down.

Instead, Michael Landsberry was gunned down.

And while everyone is clearly saddened by the loss of this extraordinary American hero and family man, I hope that sadness eventually turns into blood-boiling rage. Because this man didn’t deserve to die and he didn’t need to die. He at least deserved a fighting chance to defend himself and those students by being allowed, if he had so chosen, to carry a weapon with him to work, as countless other Nevadans do every single day throughout the state.

Michael Landsberry’s death is on the heads of every pontificating, self-righteous, anti-gun member of the Nevada Legislature who supports the continuation of these gun-free zones and who opposed the common sense “campus carry” bills that were introduced in both the 2011 and 2013 legislative sessions.

Here’s an undeniable truth: Disturbed students, crazy people and bad guys don’t give a (expletive) about gun control laws that say they shouldn’t possess a gun or take one into a gun-free zone. If they want a gun they’ll get a gun, regardless of whether or not they can pass a background check.

As such, the fact is “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” And the only way to potentially prevent school playgrounds and classrooms from becoming shooting galleries in the future is to allow responsible, properly trained adults the means to protect themselves and our children when a merchant of death comes knocking at the schoolyard gate.

It’s time to abolish these insane gun-free zones.

God bless you and rest in peace, Mr. Landsberry. Semper Fi.

Mr. Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a conservative grassroots advocacy organization. He can be reached at www.MuthsTruths.com

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Will America be the next great civilization to fall?

As I watch and read the news reports of the shooting of the police officers in Compton, California, my faith in humankind’s future has doubts creeping around the edges of my thoughts.

 
DEBRA SAUNDERS: In exclusive interview, Trump slams Sisolak, defends indoor rally

President Donald Trump told the Review-Journal on Sunday that he did not believe he was subject to an order limiting gatherings to 50 people when he addressed a crowd of thousands at an indoor rally in Henderson.

Are we sure we are really ‘following the science’?

Now I don’t think that phrase, “follow the science” means what we think it means. I know we hear it a lot, but I’d like to show three instances when it just doesn’t really mean what we think it means.

I-15 traffic is proof that Nevada tourism is recovering

The amount of traffic from Southern California on I-15 into and out of Las Vegas for the Labor Day holiday is yet another strong indicator that people are suffering from COVID-19 pandemic fatigue and ready to get on with their lives.

Sisolak, Trump at odds from the very beginning

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and President Donald Trump haven’t enjoyed the best relationship since Sisolak was elected in 2018.

THOMAS KNAPP: America Doesn’t Have Presidential Debates, But It Should

On Aug. 6, the Commission on Presidential Debates denied President Donald Trump’s request to increase the number of debates between himself and Democratic nominee Joe Biden from three to four.