Tag Archives: gun rights

Campus Carry Advocate’s Graduation Photo with AR-10 Goes Viral

Liberals are in a tizzy over this tweet by a Kent State student who recently graduated, then posed with her AR-10 for this photo.

Kaitlin Bennett has been an advocate for campus carry at her university and even decorated her mortar board with a picture of a rifle and the words, “Come and Take It.”

From the Kansas City Star:

“You see in the media a lot about college students and high school students, being advocates for gun control,” she told NBC4. “But you don’t see a lot going viral about students who are pro-second amendment and pro-gun rights.”

Bennett told the school she planned to take the photos on Sunday, university spokesman Eric Mansfield told Fox 8 in Cleveland. Once she graduated, she was “no longer restricted under the policy as a student.”

Of course, the photo triggered liberals.

I love her responses.

I also find it kind of awesome that lately, it’s been young, college aged women who are causing a stir and are brazenly standing up for their Second Amendment rights. Girl power, indeed.

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Charlie Kirk Unwelcome at Parkland High School

Charlie Kirk, the founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, was recently invited to speak to students about the right to bear arms by outspoken 2A advocate and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school student Kyle Kashuv.

Kirk was excited about the opportunity, posting on his Twitter account that “I have been invited by students at Parkland high school to come as a guest speaker in the coming 2 weeks. I excitedly accept and look forward to discussing our right to bear arms in front of a captive student audience This is of course unless I get blocked by the administration.”

Twenty-four hours later, school administrators vetoed the idea, stating through spokesperson Cathleen Brennan that “The school’s administration has met with the student organizers and advised them that non-school sponsored, student-initiated guest speaker assemblies/meetings are not permitted to take place on campus.”

In addition to students protesting the event, some parents suggested that Kirk and Kashuv hold their forum off campus because the wounds of the school shooting are still too fresh.

Kashuv believes school administrators are trying to silence pro-Second Amendment discussion. He also points out NBA player Dwyane Wade visited the school after meeting with victim’s parents and donating to March for Our Lives.

Since the event can’t be held on campus, Kirk and Kashuv will be holding it off campus at a location to be determined.

 

 

Retired Supreme Court Justice Calls for Repeal of the Second Amendment

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment. In an opinion piece published in The New York Times this morning, the former justice says that it’s a “relic of the 18th century.”

From The New York Times:

Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.

That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.

He also says:

In 2008, the Supreme Court overturned Chief Justice Burger’s and others’ long-settled understanding of the Second Amendment’s limited reach by ruling, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that there was an individual right to bear arms. I was among the four dissenters.

That decision — which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable — has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power. Overturning that decision via a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and would do more to weaken the N.R.A.’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.

Using that line of thinking, if the Second Amendment is a relic of the past, then so are the other ten amendments in the Bill of Rights.

And if it’s civic engagement that’s driving his opinion, why not also overturn Roe vs. Wade? The March for Life, which takes place in Washington D.C. every January, drew crowds of over 600,000 in 2013. Numbers since then have fluctuated but it still draws well over 100,000 on average. By comparison, the March for Our Lives drew just over 200,000 in Washington D.C., despite the media’s initial claim of 800,000.

John Paul Stevens retired from the Supreme Court in 2010, after serving thirty four years on the court. He was appointed by President Ford.

-K

A Response to Emma Gonzalez’s Op Ed

Today, Emma Gonzalez, one of the Parkland High School students, wrote an op-ed for Teen Vogue‘s digital issue. The issue this month is dedicated to “rising voices in the gun control movement, young people who are working on the issue in different ways, all of them impacted by gun violence.”

In her op-ed, entitled “Dear Lawmakers, You’re Killing Us,” Gonzalez blames the deaths of teens in the post-Columbine climate on local and national government who fail to regulate access to guns. She says the NRA feeds people myths about about gun ownership and that organizations cutting ties with the NRA along with the passage of bills allowing funding for more security in schools is not enough.

So what exactly does Emma Gonzalez want?

From her op-ed:

We need to digitize gun-sales records, mandate universal background checks, close gun-show loopholes and straw-man purchases, ban high-capacity magazines, and push for a comprehensive assault weapons ban with an extensive buyback system.

It would also benefit us to redefine what assault weapons are so that when we call for a ban against them, it’s clear that we aren’t trying to ban all guns. No one needs to use an assault weapon to protect themselves while walking home at night. No one should be allowed to use an AR-15 to strategically hunt people, which, in case anyone forgot, is what made us speak out in the first place.

She is also adamantly against arming teachers.

How would arming teachers work, logistically?

Would they have to buy their own guns, or would there be armories in schools? Would students be able to break into armories?

While teaching, would a teacher keep their weapon on their person or in a lockbox?

If it was in a lockbox on the other side of the room when a threatening person walked in, would the teacher be able to get to their gun in time?

If the threat and the teacher were in close proximity, would the threat not be able to disarm the teacher and turn the pistol on them and in turn the students?

Why would a student shooter even need to worry about metal detectors or getting patted down if they already know they can overpower the teacher and take that gun for their own use?

If the teacher wasn’t in close proximity, what would stop the teacher’s bullets from hitting other students who might be in the way and obscured by gunsmoke?

And finally, the kicker.

And since there was a resource or police officer on campus to help protect students and teachers, why didn’t that stop 17 people from getting killed and 15 from getting injured on February 14?

Let’s address a few of her solutions.

“We need to digitize gun-sales records.”

This is a dangerous statement. The Second Amendment was created with the idea that someday, the citizens of the United States might need to overthrow a tyrannical government. If said government has a record of every firearm that was purchased and who owns them, that’s scary. They will know exactly where the guns are, who has them and it will be easy to round them up should we ever reach that point in the future.

Also, Americans’ should have a right to privacy that extends to gun ownership. It’s no one’s business but mine, and those I choose to tell, what kind of firearms and how many I own.


“Push for a comprehensive assault weapons ban with an extensive buyback system.”

 


“Why would a student shooter even need to worry about metal detectors or getting patted down if they already know they can overpower the teacher and take that gun for their own use?”

Maybe let’s not make it public which teachers are armed and which ones aren’t. That solves this problem.

 


“If the teacher wasn’t in close proximity, what would stop the teacher’s bullets from hitting other students who might be in the way and obscured by gunsmoke?”

Hopefully the teachers are smart enough and trained well enough not to blindly shoot if they don’t have a clear shot at the shooter.

“And since there was a resource or police officer on campus to help protect students and teachers, why didn’t that stop 17 people from getting killed and 15 from getting injured on February 14?”


Because your school resource officer was a coward and failed to do his job. When you have resource officers who do their jobs the right way, you have a situation like Maryland – the shooter was taken down quickly and effectively.

What she is also missing, as are many people in the anti-gun crowd, are the oversights by the FBI and the local law enforcement in many of the shootings she mentions in her piece. And there are numerous reports that are easily accessible on the web as to just how preventable the Parkland shooting was.

She also fails to address the root of the problem. What is causing our youth to to act out like this? Fifty years ago, students would take guns to school, store them in their lockers and go hunting after class. They didn’t carry out mass shootings and no one thought anything about them bringing their rifles to school. What’s changed? Getting to the root of the problem seems like the best solution. You can legislate guns all you want, but you can’t legislate morality.

Emma Gonzalez seems like a smart young woman. She’s well spoken and no one can blame her for demanding change. Seventeen innocent young adults had their lives snuffed out in an instant and it should never have happened.

Keep asking those questions, Emma because they’re helpful for discussion. But when you ask a question, be willing to listen to the other side too. America does not work on mob rule and when you call for measures that infringe upon the rights of others, it’s a pretty big deal.

As someone once said, my rights don’t end where your feelings begin.

-K

CNN Town Hall Was An Emotion Fueled Attack on the GOP and the NRA

Last night CNN held a town hall with the students, parents and teachers from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Jake Tapper served as moderator and was joined by Florida Senators Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Rep. Ted Deutch, NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

It could have been an important and much needed conversation, with both sides offering suggestions and discussing practical solutions. Instead, it turned into an angry, emotionally charged attack on the GOP, NRA and the Second Amendment.

One student tried to back Marco Rubio into a corner by asking him to publicly declare that he would not accept any more money from the NRA.

When trying to talk with the father of a student who died in the attack, he was repeatedly booed by the crowd when discussing fixing laws we already have instead of full on banning semi-automatic weapons.

Dana Loesch, a spokesperson for the NRA and conservative talk show host, was met with even more distain from the crowd. When Emma Gonzalez asked her question, she precluded it with a statement saying ” Dana Loesch, I want you to know that we will support your two children in the way that we will not – – you will not.” She then went on to ask Loesch about making it harder to obtain semi-automatic weapons and modifications such as bump stocks.

Amid the booing, people in the crowd also started yelling “murderer” and “burn her” at Loesch while she was responding to questions.

Sheriff Israel even accused her of not standing up for the students because she wouldn’t say the NRA wanted less weapons but then later on said “America, there’s one person responsible for this act. That’s the detestable violent killer. He is responsible for this act. No other — nobody else but him.”

Muskets came up. A well regulated militia came up. The time era the Second Amendment was written in came up. Each time Loesch tried to present facts and talk to the crowd about the language and how it was written, she got booed. If they’d had rotten tomatoes, it’s probable people wouldn’t have been throwing them at her. And in an interview with a student following the town hall, they were still livid with the NRA, saying they offer no solutions to change.

This went on for two hours and while these students and parents have every right to be emotional and express that outrage, this was supposed to be a forum for discussion and instead it turned into a mob rule rally for a full repeal of the Second Amendment.
Major props to Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch for going into that lion’s den in the first place. It was hostile, emotional and downright infuriating that these two people, who are trying to work with the other side were treated so disrespectfully. And shame on CNN for exploiting the victims of this tragedy to push an obvious gun control agenda and score ratings, just one week after the school shooting.

For a full video and transcript of the town hall, click here.