A good guy with a gun

March 25, 2018 |

Here is yet another reason why we don’t allow people to serve as lawmakers until they are at least 25 (and one hopes, have taken Logic 101 class).

One of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivors who has become a darling of the anti-gun left tried to refute opponents who pointed out that in the recent Maryland school shooting, a massacre was prevented because an armed officer was on the scene and responded in less than a minute. This was her tweet, which went viral among other people whom I assume also have never taken a logic class:

“The Great Mills school resource officer stopped the shooter but a ‘good guy with a gun’ is NOT the answer. Armed citizens rarely successfully intervene to stop an active shooter - an FBI study of 160 incidents found that only 1 was stopped by someone with a valid firearms permit.”


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Okay…so what were the parameters of that study? Did it take into account that most such attackers deliberately target “gun-free zones” (like your school, a situation that you are campaigning to impose nationwide), and therefore, the likelihood of an armed citizen being anywhere nearby was virtually nil? That’s what is known as a “self-selecting sample.” Did this study take into account the thousands of times a day that crimes are prevented by citizens who merely show a gun, or by the simple knowledge of the possible presence of a “good guy with a gun?” If it was a study of mass shootings, then incidents of good guys with guns being close by and stopping them would be extremely rare on the list because they wouldn’t have become mass shootings to begin with (again, see the Maryland school).

I’m sorry if it sounds as if I’m talking down to this young woman, which is not my intention, even if it seems to be the intention of some of these students to talk down to their elders who have been dealing with this problem and all the thorny issues surrounding it for quite a few more decades than she and her classmates have been on Earth. I am just as furious as she is that she and other students who have been targeted by deranged shooters were not properly protected.

And I agree that armed guards cannot by themselves prevent every violent incident (while the Maryland shooting was one of the very rare cases where someone launched an assault despite knowing he might meet armed resistance, and the guard did prevent him from racking up multiple victims, tragically, the teenage girl he critically injured has now died).

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But what failed to protect the vast majority of school shooting victims wasn’t the Second Amendment or the NRA or armed citizens. It was all the layers of government that failed to do their jobs; all the ineffective, poorly-enforced laws that punish only the law-abiding (and to which some people want to add more); and all the local and state officials who put their ill-informed personal politics about guns ahead of their responsibility to protect their young charges.

Now, as the doting media coverage of today’s big anti-gun march plays in the background, let’s add to the list of those failing our children the well-funded anti-gun groups that are trying to exploit the naiveté of traumatized teenagers to play on our emotions and rewrite our laws and the Bill of Rights to their specifications and advance their own political careers and agendas -- even if the end result for our kids is disarming the law-abiding who might actually protect them and continuing the policy of campuses being unprotected sitting duck zones.

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Here’s another question to prepare all those who approvingly retweeted this for their first Logic 101 class: Why do you think all of the political leaders and wealthy liberal celebrities who are promoting and funding this Astroturf children’s crusade to keep armed guards out of our schools always work and travel surrounded by armed guards?

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  • Philip Baker

    03/25/2018 04:53 PM

    Maybe they should look at John Lott’s collection of studies that refute the limited one cited- who would believe the FBI about anything anyway?

  • patricia rentz

    03/25/2018 04:42 PM

    I want to know what she wants if she doesn't want a good guy with a gun. There not much choice left. I left a suggestion about locking all the doors where the killer can't get in the buildings and use one main door only to get in with a scanner and a guard, but I can't seem to get any feedback on it. I lived in Jonesboro, Ark at the time of that shooting and it wouldn't have helped much then but if we had really talked about it then like we are now, maybe we wouldn't be talking about it now.

  • Wayne Graff

    03/25/2018 04:31 PM

    To the young lady who has no concept of reality. Yes, good guys with guns stop crimes everyday, the problem is, it doesn't fit with the liberal agenda, which is why you don't see it reported on TV. You need to find other sources to get your news and then you will find that people of all types stop criminals with their own guns. This is not a once in a while occurrence, it just doesn't get reported.

  • Paul N Bernier

    03/25/2018 04:23 PM

    God bless you Governor Huckabee, you are 100% correct on this subject.

  • Kate Burch

    03/25/2018 04:17 PM

    Hardening the targets is the priority. Talk about more regulation or stripping citizens of Second Amendment rights merely distracts from a larger issue: the infantile rage demonstrated by and too often acted upon that afflicts many young people. My belief is that getting back to mores and official policies that incentivize marriage and intact families would go a long way toward improving the mental health statistics.

  • Harry Wenzel

    03/25/2018 04:16 PM

    I took a gun safety and education course, sponsored by the U. S. Law Shield in PA. The presenter, an attorney specializing in gun law, read many instances where responsible gun owners prevented serious injury, thwarting attacks from perpetrators, and this happens each day he claimed. And none of these instances are normally reported in the news. How would he know? Every member of U. S. Law Shield is instructed. If you are forced to fire your gun in self defense or protecting another, your next step is, call the police, state you were forced to defend yourself, and upon their arrival, call the U.S. Law Shield till free no. You are connected automatically to their - your attorney, and show the officer your card, answering no questions until your attorney arrives. The U.S. Law Shield maintains stats. Most gun owners act responsibly and take this very seriously. High school students should hear the facts.

  • raymond Reed

    03/25/2018 04:09 PM

    For 42 years my wife and I have concealed weapon permits in the State of California. Every 2 years one must attend a 4 hour class addressing the laws that protect the intruder or thug. One realizes that to use a weapon for imminent dangerous situations that immediately in this State one will be arrested, and a lawyer will be absolutely 100% required. The estimated cost of this is from $150,000 to $300,000.00. One could rationalize it's better to be shot than to "stop" a person whom is within 10 feet of them with a weapon in their hand to attack them. This being said, MY wife was walking around a high school that was well lighted with another friend. A van opened the side door and 7 hispanics jumped out of the van and started chasing them. The friend used pepper spray on one of them, the fastest runner, and that made the others very furious. My wife carried a concealed weapon as she does at all times, even at church and at home. Her friend always told her that "no one" needed a weapon, pepper spray would work just fine. On this day, though pepper spray proved her wrong. As the remaining 6 hispanics chased my wife and her friend ( in their 60's) my wife stopped, removed her weapon and took a 2 point stand and pointed the weapon at the closest thug. My wife told me that he stopped so fast that he fell down and the others immediately started running the other way. Permit carriers know that the law is against them. But, one only has one life. As do others. Today, my wife and I still go walking. The only difference is that NOW there are 2 people with concealed weapon permits and the concealed weapon is NOT in the purse.

    These youngesters are welcome to their thoughts. In truth we all heard from the degenerates back in the late 60,s and early 70's who called Vietnam Vets "baby killers". Today it is not the vietnam vets that kill babies it is the democrats. Planned "NO" parenthood violates the information given to Mary when the Holy Spirit shared with Mary that she ( not married) was to give berth to the messiah. There is no other person who was ridiculed more than Mary.

    There are over 3000 babies killed in a month per planned "NO" parenthood organizations and the babies are not protected by the second amendment.

    For me and my house we will serve the Lord and protect ourselves doing it.

    Talk, talk, talk. When one is in an imminent death defying situation - will the one live or die ? What "could" make the difference ? There are approximately 1 policeman for every 10,000 people in most cities. Each and every one of them do their jobs as best they can. But they are re-active ( after the fact) in 99.9% of the cases.

    So, where are the high school students at when it comes to protecting the innocent babies rom the doctors who kill them and sell their parts ? I know. They are home listening to their democratic mothers who profess their "rights" are greater than a life with a holy spirit.

  • Barbara Greene

    03/25/2018 04:07 PM

    Absolutely right Governor..These kids,are so being used. Anyone with an ounce of brains knows this has all been irchadyrated by the Socialist Left. Second Ammendment must stand. No one will defeat America. Americans need to turn more to God..that is the answer here. A GOOD with a gun does stop a bad guy with a gun because the bad guys are cowards and want no harm to themselves while they attack others. Americans must wake up to these dangers to.our REPUBLIC and fight back..please keep on with your comments...America needs your voice and your prayers.

  • Marty Morehouse

    03/25/2018 04:04 PM

    Put bipartisan approved AIRPORT SECURITY at ALL SCHOOLS !!! - Metal Detectors and Armed Guards !!! Save our Kids !!!

  • Cathie Zimmerer

    03/25/2018 03:58 PM

    I am so proud of the way the school shooting event was handled in Maryland (I am from Maryland). Sad and tragic that it happened, however there is not rave reviews in the MSM on how quick and efficiently the target was neutralized in a situation that could have been much worse than what played out. Although the initial target may or may not have been prevented, the potential casualties in an event like this were averted. I am so tired of special interest groups poisoning our children's minds. When interviewed, most of the kids participating in the march could not even tell you what the gun laws currently say, let alone what they currently say in their state, It is all a farce rendering their efforts useless. No informed person would take them serious.

  • Tom Stillings

    03/25/2018 03:56 PM

    I would love to argue with you sir, but, as usual, you seem to have hit the nail right on the head!

  • Tom Stillings

    03/25/2018 03:56 PM

    I would love to argue with you sir, but, as usual, you seem to have hit the nail right on the head!

  • Myrna Fourcher

    03/25/2018 03:53 PM

    I agree with you. The young people are operating on emotions, not logic. They are being exploited by news media and Hollywood!

  • Bruce Deming

    03/25/2018 03:53 PM

    There was no study, this is made up crap that democrats have stuffed into this child. This is sickening. If this child wants to be in the political spotlight then treat her like an adult and tear her libtard narrative apart right in her face. Then maybe she'll check facts before she spews democrat talking points. She doesn't understand that she's being used for political gain, by libtards with an agenda, who could care less about her.

  • Michael Newton

    03/25/2018 03:48 PM

    It's been said and resaid, but the simple truth is that laws only control the law abiding citizens. If find are ever confiscated, it'll only be from the registered, law abiding gun owners. Criminals often but their guns on the thriving black market. They're not registered, and I assure you the criminals who possess them will not turn them in voluntarily. So, what you end up with is a society where only criminals have guns, and they will have an absolute field day using them on all of the unarmed, law abiding citizens. And also, study some history of what has happened in the past in countries were it's citizens allowed their government to disarm them. Can you spell "Dictatorship" and Mass Extermination"? Don't allow this to happen in the United States.

  • William Schlumpf

    03/25/2018 03:44 PM

    "....of 160 incidents only 1 was stopped by someone with a valid firearms permit" How were the other 159 incidents ended? What was the criteria for selecting the 160 incidents? Guns are used daily to end criminal activity and there mere presence is a deterrent of many more potential events. Simply look at jurisdictions where firearms ownership is restricted and compare to where it is not. The difference in criminal activity is crystal clear. School administration and Law enforcement unwillingness to address the Parkland shooter's mental instability is the glaringly obvious problem in this "incident." If a school employee had a gun (and "valid firearms permit" ) to engage the shooter, perhaps the "study" would read 2 "incidents" out of 160 and 17 of Parkland's young men and women would be still with us.

  • Tim Morris

    03/25/2018 03:42 PM

    Excellent article. It's a shame the ultra liberal media won't print or air the real truth.

  • Bill Slater

    03/25/2018 03:42 PM

    And, how many of the liberal celebs' children attend schools that have armed security?

  • Deborah Rice

    03/25/2018 03:42 PM

    The media and the left are shameless. They are using these teens. When I was their age I was a passionate Demacrat. Then came the Carter administration. I was proud to register Republican and vote for Reagan. Maybe these teens will change when they get in the real world. Thank you Mike for all you do

  • William Schlumpf

    03/25/2018 03:38 PM

    "....of 160 incidents only 1 was stopped by someone with a valid firearms permit" How were the other 159 incidents ended? What was the criteria for selecting the 160 incidents? Guns are used daily to end criminal activity and there mere prescience is a deterrent of many more potential events. Simply look at jurisdictions where firearms ownership is restricted and compare to where it is not. The difference in criminal activity is crystal clear. School administration and Law enforcement unwillingness to address the Parkland shooter's mental instability is the glaringly obvious problem in this "incident." If a school employee had a gun (and "valid firearms permit" ) to engage the shooter, perhaps the "study" would read 2 "incidents" out of 160 and 17 of Parkland's young men and women would be still with us.

  • Jim McDowell

    03/25/2018 03:35 PM

    Mike, I appreciate the time you take to give us honest updates on relevant issues.

    thank you and God Bless

  • Donn Kraemer

    03/25/2018 03:30 PM

    Since Columbine High School (042099), almost ALL school, workplace, and other shootings have ceased when the gunman was confronted by an armed individual - - law enforcement or other - - whereupon the suspect either shot himself, was shot by the officer or citizen, surrendered, or (more rarely) ran away. If the suspect gains entry through unlocked doors (there's a fixable solution! ), the timely intervention of an armed good guy invariably stops the carnage. Parkland HS was an inexcusable failure of officers to immediately confront, contain, and neutralize the killer. I was a SWAT officer who responded to the Columbine massacre, and 19 years later I am appalled that we still are having to have these discussions. Out of the thousands of marchers this weekend, none have proposed a viable, workable solution.

  • Robert M Chavis

    03/25/2018 03:30 PM

    So stop the so called second amendment , and allow only the city,county, state, and federal govs to have firearms and we all will be in a utopia of non-violence, WOW that was easy,
    So that will stop bad Human nature,
    So that will stop crime,
    So that will stop wars,
    So that will stop drug trade violence,
    So the govs of the so called usa will protect all from all,
    So we all of older age have missed the most simple way to a Utopia of non-violence,
    So we all just trust all the govs of here and the world to keep us all safe,
    My ancestral Native Indian Humans gave up their weapons, allowed the usa Gov. take care of us now look at us.
    after my native peoples thought non-violence would work with the euro/colonial gov. they gave up their weapons, SO the USA war dept that made the bureau of indian affairs, hangs some 40 Sioux natives for asking for food they were promised for giving up some of their lands to the euros,
    Over 150,000,000 ,million of our native ancestors murdered so a gov of new immigrants could take over lands that they did not own or buy or bring over on any boats,
    There is much more to be concerned about as well,

  • Michael R Brannick

    03/25/2018 03:25 PM

    98% of mass murders since 1950 have been in "gun free" zones.Although they each stopped being gun free when the murderers walked into them, didn't the6y? I guess the killers didn't see the signs or I'm sure they would have left without killing anyone. NOT! Many mass murderers either admitted to picking their targets precisely because they were "gun free" zones . The admissions were either done in police interviews or in the "manifestos they left behind.

  • MC Hernandez

    03/25/2018 03:25 PM

    Right on, Huck!

  • keith Doepker

    03/25/2018 03:24 PM

    We wouldn't be having these marches and arguments if the police or FBI had done their job with the info they had about the shooter. The ones with the info should have at the very least lost their jobs if not prosecuted for negligence. The 17 people would be alive today if they had done their job!

  • William Wennerlund

    03/25/2018 03:23 PM

    A program with professionals and video about what evil people are like. Target Focus Training has DVDs about their training, but also shows what the sociopaths are really like, with interviews. They explain the mentality of the evil people. Tim Larkin is the head of TFT and has a great book which includes a lot on this whole subject. I've presented the training to about 10 of our church people and hope that a lot more take it. You might like to talk to Tim. TFT is a self defense course that teaches that anyone can take out a bad guy no matter who he is.

  • J Harasek

    03/25/2018 03:16 PM

    I believe the victims, their families and the families of those who weren't injured by the shooter taken down by the good guy, would differ in their opinions!

  • Firewagon

    03/25/2018 03:15 PM

    Few, if any, Tucker Carlson, You Governor, are asking the truly critical question: "America has been a nation with an armed citizenry since before the Declaration of Independence. Millions of children, including this one, grew up with "children" (high school) riding school buses with their .22 caliber rifles for practice at school. There were no accidents, no bus drivers shot, no HS students shot, much less ANY school shootings! The QUESTION: WHAT HAS CHANGED?" That is the issue America needs to address. Guns have changed but little; however, America has LOST the "culture war." From a culture of mutual respect, communities looking out for their residents, more churches than beer joints, a society couched in the belief of a Higher Power, America has become more crass, more decadent, and now is a "secularist society" that is losing, and has lost, the underpinning required for a successful, thriving, society, our vibrant, stable family structure! Scary thing being, I'm not sure how we get that back? Without it, America is on the fast track to the ash heap of history!!

  • Daniel l. Allder

    03/25/2018 03:15 PM

    This particular young lady must be a blonde!!!!

  • Kellie Krenek

    03/25/2018 03:09 PM

    I live in the Great Mills High School community and know for a fact that Deputy Gaskill is a hero. His armed presence was monumental in stopping the gunman. It's sad to me that tgese young people in South Florida are being indoctrinated in our schools by the far left ideologies. I don't know what more they need for proof that an armed good guy stopped the armed bad guy, unlike the cowardice armed officers in South Florida. We thank God for Deputy Gaskill and his counterparts for all that they do to protect our children.

  • Carolyn Javaux

    03/25/2018 03:07 PM

    It's these little self righteous twits that make such stupid comments about gun control! Someone with a gun at these school shootings could have prevented a lot of unnecessary deaths! Every shool should have security guards with loaded guns and very capable of using the guns!

  • Stephen Russell

    03/25/2018 02:55 PM

    Choices:
    Arm staff, security
    Fortify key exits, entrances, ID guests.
    OR
    PU Johnny in a body bag or ID at morgue
    Your call parents.
    Your call.
    Choose.
    MD case proves the armed response works.
    Or shall we have Massacre High School USA.
    Your choice students 2.
    Shooters respond to forceonly

  • Alethea Loree

    03/25/2018 02:45 PM

    The school knew, the students knew, the police knew, and the FBI knew the student was mentally ill. Those are the facts but they want to blame the gun. They need to look at each other and why no one protected the students at the Parkland School. My son and granddaughter went to that High School if I would have known this was happening at the the school I would have contacted the PTA and the Broward School Board. There should be an investigation of why this happened. I live in Blue Broward County I should of lived on the west coast with the midwesterns but God planted me here with the heathens.

  • Tim Haile

    03/25/2018 02:41 PM

    Mike, as usual, your logic and observations are spot on! (Perhaps I relate to you so well because we are both a couple of Arkansas boys!) Thanks for all of your efforts to defend the truth and protect our rights. Like you, I respect the courage of the Florida youths to speak out on issues, but the youths behind this present anti-gun chatter are reacting emotionally. They are uninformed on many aspects of the gun issue, but their youthful looks and enthusiasm are being exploited by a more sinister progressive anti-American movement. The timing of this union makes it even more effective and dangerous. I just hope it doesn’t hurt us in the 2018 mid-terms. Keep up the good work of informing people!

A good guy with a gun

March 25, 2018 |

Here is yet another reason why we don’t allow people to serve as lawmakers until they are at least 25 (and one hopes, have taken Logic 101 class).

One of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivors who has become a darling of the anti-gun left tried to refute opponents who pointed out that in the recent Maryland school shooting, a massacre was prevented because an armed officer was on the scene and responded in less than a minute. This was her tweet, which went viral among other people whom I assume also have never taken a logic class:

“The Great Mills school resource officer stopped the shooter but a ‘good guy with a gun’ is NOT the answer. Armed citizens rarely successfully intervene to stop an active shooter - an FBI study of 160 incidents found that only 1 was stopped by someone with a valid firearms permit.”


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Okay…so what were the parameters of that study? Did it take into account that most such attackers deliberately target “gun-free zones” (like your school, a situation that you are campaigning to impose nationwide), and therefore, the likelihood of an armed citizen being anywhere nearby was virtually nil? That’s what is known as a “self-selecting sample.” Did this study take into account the thousands of times a day that crimes are prevented by citizens who merely show a gun, or by the simple knowledge of the possible presence of a “good guy with a gun?” If it was a study of mass shootings, then incidents of good guys with guns being close by and stopping them would be extremely rare on the list because they wouldn’t have become mass shootings to begin with (again, see the Maryland school).

I’m sorry if it sounds as if I’m talking down to this young woman, which is not my intention, even if it seems to be the intention of some of these students to talk down to their elders who have been dealing with this problem and all the thorny issues surrounding it for quite a few more decades than she and her classmates have been on Earth. I am just as furious as she is that she and other students who have been targeted by deranged shooters were not properly protected.

And I agree that armed guards cannot by themselves prevent every violent incident (while the Maryland shooting was one of the very rare cases where someone launched an assault despite knowing he might meet armed resistance, and the guard did prevent him from racking up multiple victims, tragically, the teenage girl he critically injured has now died).

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But what failed to protect the vast majority of school shooting victims wasn’t the Second Amendment or the NRA or armed citizens. It was all the layers of government that failed to do their jobs; all the ineffective, poorly-enforced laws that punish only the law-abiding (and to which some people want to add more); and all the local and state officials who put their ill-informed personal politics about guns ahead of their responsibility to protect their young charges.

Now, as the doting media coverage of today’s big anti-gun march plays in the background, let’s add to the list of those failing our children the well-funded anti-gun groups that are trying to exploit the naiveté of traumatized teenagers to play on our emotions and rewrite our laws and the Bill of Rights to their specifications and advance their own political careers and agendas -- even if the end result for our kids is disarming the law-abiding who might actually protect them and continuing the policy of campuses being unprotected sitting duck zones.

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Here’s another question to prepare all those who approvingly retweeted this for their first Logic 101 class: Why do you think all of the political leaders and wealthy liberal celebrities who are promoting and funding this Astroturf children’s crusade to keep armed guards out of our schools always work and travel surrounded by armed guards?

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  • Philip Baker

    03/25/2018 04:53 PM

    Maybe they should look at John Lott’s collection of studies that refute the limited one cited- who would believe the FBI about anything anyway?

  • patricia rentz

    03/25/2018 04:42 PM

    I want to know what she wants if she doesn't want a good guy with a gun. There not much choice left. I left a suggestion about locking all the doors where the killer can't get in the buildings and use one main door only to get in with a scanner and a guard, but I can't seem to get any feedback on it. I lived in Jonesboro, Ark at the time of that shooting and it wouldn't have helped much then but if we had really talked about it then like we are now, maybe we wouldn't be talking about it now.

  • Wayne Graff

    03/25/2018 04:31 PM

    To the young lady who has no concept of reality. Yes, good guys with guns stop crimes everyday, the problem is, it doesn't fit with the liberal agenda, which is why you don't see it reported on TV. You need to find other sources to get your news and then you will find that people of all types stop criminals with their own guns. This is not a once in a while occurrence, it just doesn't get reported.

  • Paul N Bernier

    03/25/2018 04:23 PM

    God bless you Governor Huckabee, you are 100% correct on this subject.

  • Kate Burch

    03/25/2018 04:17 PM

    Hardening the targets is the priority. Talk about more regulation or stripping citizens of Second Amendment rights merely distracts from a larger issue: the infantile rage demonstrated by and too often acted upon that afflicts many young people. My belief is that getting back to mores and official policies that incentivize marriage and intact families would go a long way toward improving the mental health statistics.

  • Harry Wenzel

    03/25/2018 04:16 PM

    I took a gun safety and education course, sponsored by the U. S. Law Shield in PA. The presenter, an attorney specializing in gun law, read many instances where responsible gun owners prevented serious injury, thwarting attacks from perpetrators, and this happens each day he claimed. And none of these instances are normally reported in the news. How would he know? Every member of U. S. Law Shield is instructed. If you are forced to fire your gun in self defense or protecting another, your next step is, call the police, state you were forced to defend yourself, and upon their arrival, call the U.S. Law Shield till free no. You are connected automatically to their - your attorney, and show the officer your card, answering no questions until your attorney arrives. The U.S. Law Shield maintains stats. Most gun owners act responsibly and take this very seriously. High school students should hear the facts.

  • raymond Reed

    03/25/2018 04:09 PM

    For 42 years my wife and I have concealed weapon permits in the State of California. Every 2 years one must attend a 4 hour class addressing the laws that protect the intruder or thug. One realizes that to use a weapon for imminent dangerous situations that immediately in this State one will be arrested, and a lawyer will be absolutely 100% required. The estimated cost of this is from $150,000 to $300,000.00. One could rationalize it's better to be shot than to "stop" a person whom is within 10 feet of them with a weapon in their hand to attack them. This being said, MY wife was walking around a high school that was well lighted with another friend. A van opened the side door and 7 hispanics jumped out of the van and started chasing them. The friend used pepper spray on one of them, the fastest runner, and that made the others very furious. My wife carried a concealed weapon as she does at all times, even at church and at home. Her friend always told her that "no one" needed a weapon, pepper spray would work just fine. On this day, though pepper spray proved her wrong. As the remaining 6 hispanics chased my wife and her friend ( in their 60's) my wife stopped, removed her weapon and took a 2 point stand and pointed the weapon at the closest thug. My wife told me that he stopped so fast that he fell down and the others immediately started running the other way. Permit carriers know that the law is against them. But, one only has one life. As do others. Today, my wife and I still go walking. The only difference is that NOW there are 2 people with concealed weapon permits and the concealed weapon is NOT in the purse.

    These youngesters are welcome to their thoughts. In truth we all heard from the degenerates back in the late 60,s and early 70's who called Vietnam Vets "baby killers". Today it is not the vietnam vets that kill babies it is the democrats. Planned "NO" parenthood violates the information given to Mary when the Holy Spirit shared with Mary that she ( not married) was to give berth to the messiah. There is no other person who was ridiculed more than Mary.

    There are over 3000 babies killed in a month per planned "NO" parenthood organizations and the babies are not protected by the second amendment.

    For me and my house we will serve the Lord and protect ourselves doing it.

    Talk, talk, talk. When one is in an imminent death defying situation - will the one live or die ? What "could" make the difference ? There are approximately 1 policeman for every 10,000 people in most cities. Each and every one of them do their jobs as best they can. But they are re-active ( after the fact) in 99.9% of the cases.

    So, where are the high school students at when it comes to protecting the innocent babies rom the doctors who kill them and sell their parts ? I know. They are home listening to their democratic mothers who profess their "rights" are greater than a life with a holy spirit.

  • Barbara Greene

    03/25/2018 04:07 PM

    Absolutely right Governor..These kids,are so being used. Anyone with an ounce of brains knows this has all been irchadyrated by the Socialist Left. Second Ammendment must stand. No one will defeat America. Americans need to turn more to God..that is the answer here. A GOOD with a gun does stop a bad guy with a gun because the bad guys are cowards and want no harm to themselves while they attack others. Americans must wake up to these dangers to.our REPUBLIC and fight back..please keep on with your comments...America needs your voice and your prayers.

  • Marty Morehouse

    03/25/2018 04:04 PM

    Put bipartisan approved AIRPORT SECURITY at ALL SCHOOLS !!! - Metal Detectors and Armed Guards !!! Save our Kids !!!

  • Cathie Zimmerer

    03/25/2018 03:58 PM

    I am so proud of the way the school shooting event was handled in Maryland (I am from Maryland). Sad and tragic that it happened, however there is not rave reviews in the MSM on how quick and efficiently the target was neutralized in a situation that could have been much worse than what played out. Although the initial target may or may not have been prevented, the potential casualties in an event like this were averted. I am so tired of special interest groups poisoning our children's minds. When interviewed, most of the kids participating in the march could not even tell you what the gun laws currently say, let alone what they currently say in their state, It is all a farce rendering their efforts useless. No informed person would take them serious.

  • Tom Stillings

    03/25/2018 03:56 PM

    I would love to argue with you sir, but, as usual, you seem to have hit the nail right on the head!

  • Tom Stillings

    03/25/2018 03:56 PM

    I would love to argue with you sir, but, as usual, you seem to have hit the nail right on the head!

  • Myrna Fourcher

    03/25/2018 03:53 PM

    I agree with you. The young people are operating on emotions, not logic. They are being exploited by news media and Hollywood!

  • Bruce Deming

    03/25/2018 03:53 PM

    There was no study, this is made up crap that democrats have stuffed into this child. This is sickening. If this child wants to be in the political spotlight then treat her like an adult and tear her libtard narrative apart right in her face. Then maybe she'll check facts before she spews democrat talking points. She doesn't understand that she's being used for political gain, by libtards with an agenda, who could care less about her.

  • Michael Newton

    03/25/2018 03:48 PM

    It's been said and resaid, but the simple truth is that laws only control the law abiding citizens. If find are ever confiscated, it'll only be from the registered, law abiding gun owners. Criminals often but their guns on the thriving black market. They're not registered, and I assure you the criminals who possess them will not turn them in voluntarily. So, what you end up with is a society where only criminals have guns, and they will have an absolute field day using them on all of the unarmed, law abiding citizens. And also, study some history of what has happened in the past in countries were it's citizens allowed their government to disarm them. Can you spell "Dictatorship" and Mass Extermination"? Don't allow this to happen in the United States.

  • William Schlumpf

    03/25/2018 03:44 PM

    "....of 160 incidents only 1 was stopped by someone with a valid firearms permit" How were the other 159 incidents ended? What was the criteria for selecting the 160 incidents? Guns are used daily to end criminal activity and there mere presence is a deterrent of many more potential events. Simply look at jurisdictions where firearms ownership is restricted and compare to where it is not. The difference in criminal activity is crystal clear. School administration and Law enforcement unwillingness to address the Parkland shooter's mental instability is the glaringly obvious problem in this "incident." If a school employee had a gun (and "valid firearms permit" ) to engage the shooter, perhaps the "study" would read 2 "incidents" out of 160 and 17 of Parkland's young men and women would be still with us.

  • Tim Morris

    03/25/2018 03:42 PM

    Excellent article. It's a shame the ultra liberal media won't print or air the real truth.

  • Bill Slater

    03/25/2018 03:42 PM

    And, how many of the liberal celebs' children attend schools that have armed security?

  • Deborah Rice

    03/25/2018 03:42 PM

    The media and the left are shameless. They are using these teens. When I was their age I was a passionate Demacrat. Then came the Carter administration. I was proud to register Republican and vote for Reagan. Maybe these teens will change when they get in the real world. Thank you Mike for all you do

  • William Schlumpf

    03/25/2018 03:38 PM

    "....of 160 incidents only 1 was stopped by someone with a valid firearms permit" How were the other 159 incidents ended? What was the criteria for selecting the 160 incidents? Guns are used daily to end criminal activity and there mere prescience is a deterrent of many more potential events. Simply look at jurisdictions where firearms ownership is restricted and compare to where it is not. The difference in criminal activity is crystal clear. School administration and Law enforcement unwillingness to address the Parkland shooter's mental instability is the glaringly obvious problem in this "incident." If a school employee had a gun (and "valid firearms permit" ) to engage the shooter, perhaps the "study" would read 2 "incidents" out of 160 and 17 of Parkland's young men and women would be still with us.

  • Jim McDowell

    03/25/2018 03:35 PM

    Mike, I appreciate the time you take to give us honest updates on relevant issues.

    thank you and God Bless

  • Donn Kraemer

    03/25/2018 03:30 PM

    Since Columbine High School (042099), almost ALL school, workplace, and other shootings have ceased when the gunman was confronted by an armed individual - - law enforcement or other - - whereupon the suspect either shot himself, was shot by the officer or citizen, surrendered, or (more rarely) ran away. If the suspect gains entry through unlocked doors (there's a fixable solution! ), the timely intervention of an armed good guy invariably stops the carnage. Parkland HS was an inexcusable failure of officers to immediately confront, contain, and neutralize the killer. I was a SWAT officer who responded to the Columbine massacre, and 19 years later I am appalled that we still are having to have these discussions. Out of the thousands of marchers this weekend, none have proposed a viable, workable solution.

  • Robert M Chavis

    03/25/2018 03:30 PM

    So stop the so called second amendment , and allow only the city,county, state, and federal govs to have firearms and we all will be in a utopia of non-violence, WOW that was easy,
    So that will stop bad Human nature,
    So that will stop crime,
    So that will stop wars,
    So that will stop drug trade violence,
    So the govs of the so called usa will protect all from all,
    So we all of older age have missed the most simple way to a Utopia of non-violence,
    So we all just trust all the govs of here and the world to keep us all safe,
    My ancestral Native Indian Humans gave up their weapons, allowed the usa Gov. take care of us now look at us.
    after my native peoples thought non-violence would work with the euro/colonial gov. they gave up their weapons, SO the USA war dept that made the bureau of indian affairs, hangs some 40 Sioux natives for asking for food they were promised for giving up some of their lands to the euros,
    Over 150,000,000 ,million of our native ancestors murdered so a gov of new immigrants could take over lands that they did not own or buy or bring over on any boats,
    There is much more to be concerned about as well,

  • Michael R Brannick

    03/25/2018 03:25 PM

    98% of mass murders since 1950 have been in "gun free" zones.Although they each stopped being gun free when the murderers walked into them, didn't the6y? I guess the killers didn't see the signs or I'm sure they would have left without killing anyone. NOT! Many mass murderers either admitted to picking their targets precisely because they were "gun free" zones . The admissions were either done in police interviews or in the "manifestos they left behind.

  • MC Hernandez

    03/25/2018 03:25 PM

    Right on, Huck!

  • keith Doepker

    03/25/2018 03:24 PM

    We wouldn't be having these marches and arguments if the police or FBI had done their job with the info they had about the shooter. The ones with the info should have at the very least lost their jobs if not prosecuted for negligence. The 17 people would be alive today if they had done their job!

  • William Wennerlund

    03/25/2018 03:23 PM

    A program with professionals and video about what evil people are like. Target Focus Training has DVDs about their training, but also shows what the sociopaths are really like, with interviews. They explain the mentality of the evil people. Tim Larkin is the head of TFT and has a great book which includes a lot on this whole subject. I've presented the training to about 10 of our church people and hope that a lot more take it. You might like to talk to Tim. TFT is a self defense course that teaches that anyone can take out a bad guy no matter who he is.

  • J Harasek

    03/25/2018 03:16 PM

    I believe the victims, their families and the families of those who weren't injured by the shooter taken down by the good guy, would differ in their opinions!

  • Firewagon

    03/25/2018 03:15 PM

    Few, if any, Tucker Carlson, You Governor, are asking the truly critical question: "America has been a nation with an armed citizenry since before the Declaration of Independence. Millions of children, including this one, grew up with "children" (high school) riding school buses with their .22 caliber rifles for practice at school. There were no accidents, no bus drivers shot, no HS students shot, much less ANY school shootings! The QUESTION: WHAT HAS CHANGED?" That is the issue America needs to address. Guns have changed but little; however, America has LOST the "culture war." From a culture of mutual respect, communities looking out for their residents, more churches than beer joints, a society couched in the belief of a Higher Power, America has become more crass, more decadent, and now is a "secularist society" that is losing, and has lost, the underpinning required for a successful, thriving, society, our vibrant, stable family structure! Scary thing being, I'm not sure how we get that back? Without it, America is on the fast track to the ash heap of history!!

  • Daniel l. Allder

    03/25/2018 03:15 PM

    This particular young lady must be a blonde!!!!

  • Kellie Krenek

    03/25/2018 03:09 PM

    I live in the Great Mills High School community and know for a fact that Deputy Gaskill is a hero. His armed presence was monumental in stopping the gunman. It's sad to me that tgese young people in South Florida are being indoctrinated in our schools by the far left ideologies. I don't know what more they need for proof that an armed good guy stopped the armed bad guy, unlike the cowardice armed officers in South Florida. We thank God for Deputy Gaskill and his counterparts for all that they do to protect our children.

  • Carolyn Javaux

    03/25/2018 03:07 PM

    It's these little self righteous twits that make such stupid comments about gun control! Someone with a gun at these school shootings could have prevented a lot of unnecessary deaths! Every shool should have security guards with loaded guns and very capable of using the guns!

  • Stephen Russell

    03/25/2018 02:55 PM

    Choices:
    Arm staff, security
    Fortify key exits, entrances, ID guests.
    OR
    PU Johnny in a body bag or ID at morgue
    Your call parents.
    Your call.
    Choose.
    MD case proves the armed response works.
    Or shall we have Massacre High School USA.
    Your choice students 2.
    Shooters respond to forceonly

  • Alethea Loree

    03/25/2018 02:45 PM

    The school knew, the students knew, the police knew, and the FBI knew the student was mentally ill. Those are the facts but they want to blame the gun. They need to look at each other and why no one protected the students at the Parkland School. My son and granddaughter went to that High School if I would have known this was happening at the the school I would have contacted the PTA and the Broward School Board. There should be an investigation of why this happened. I live in Blue Broward County I should of lived on the west coast with the midwesterns but God planted me here with the heathens.

  • Tim Haile

    03/25/2018 02:41 PM

    Mike, as usual, your logic and observations are spot on! (Perhaps I relate to you so well because we are both a couple of Arkansas boys!) Thanks for all of your efforts to defend the truth and protect our rights. Like you, I respect the courage of the Florida youths to speak out on issues, but the youths behind this present anti-gun chatter are reacting emotionally. They are uninformed on many aspects of the gun issue, but their youthful looks and enthusiasm are being exploited by a more sinister progressive anti-American movement. The timing of this union makes it even more effective and dangerous. I just hope it doesn’t hurt us in the 2018 mid-terms. Keep up the good work of informing people!

A good guy with a gun

March 25, 2018 |

Here is yet another reason why we don’t allow people to serve as lawmakers until they are at least 25 (and one hopes, have taken Logic 101 class).

One of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivors who has become a darling of the anti-gun left tried to refute opponents who pointed out that in the recent Maryland school shooting, a massacre was prevented because an armed officer was on the scene and responded in less than a minute. This was her tweet, which went viral among other people whom I assume also have never taken a logic class:

“The Great Mills school resource officer stopped the shooter but a ‘good guy with a gun’ is NOT the answer. Armed citizens rarely successfully intervene to stop an active shooter - an FBI study of 160 incidents found that only 1 was stopped by someone with a valid firearms permit.”


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Okay…so what were the parameters of that study? Did it take into account that most such attackers deliberately target “gun-free zones” (like your school, a situation that you are campaigning to impose nationwide), and therefore, the likelihood of an armed citizen being anywhere nearby was virtually nil? That’s what is known as a “self-selecting sample.” Did this study take into account the thousands of times a day that crimes are prevented by citizens who merely show a gun, or by the simple knowledge of the possible presence of a “good guy with a gun?” If it was a study of mass shootings, then incidents of good guys with guns being close by and stopping them would be extremely rare on the list because they wouldn’t have become mass shootings to begin with (again, see the Maryland school).

I’m sorry if it sounds as if I’m talking down to this young woman, which is not my intention, even if it seems to be the intention of some of these students to talk down to their elders who have been dealing with this problem and all the thorny issues surrounding it for quite a few more decades than she and her classmates have been on Earth. I am just as furious as she is that she and other students who have been targeted by deranged shooters were not properly protected.

And I agree that armed guards cannot by themselves prevent every violent incident (while the Maryland shooting was one of the very rare cases where someone launched an assault despite knowing he might meet armed resistance, and the guard did prevent him from racking up multiple victims, tragically, the teenage girl he critically injured has now died).

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But what failed to protect the vast majority of school shooting victims wasn’t the Second Amendment or the NRA or armed citizens. It was all the layers of government that failed to do their jobs; all the ineffective, poorly-enforced laws that punish only the law-abiding (and to which some people want to add more); and all the local and state officials who put their ill-informed personal politics about guns ahead of their responsibility to protect their young charges.

Now, as the doting media coverage of today’s big anti-gun march plays in the background, let’s add to the list of those failing our children the well-funded anti-gun groups that are trying to exploit the naiveté of traumatized teenagers to play on our emotions and rewrite our laws and the Bill of Rights to their specifications and advance their own political careers and agendas -- even if the end result for our kids is disarming the law-abiding who might actually protect them and continuing the policy of campuses being unprotected sitting duck zones.

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Here’s another question to prepare all those who approvingly retweeted this for their first Logic 101 class: Why do you think all of the political leaders and wealthy liberal celebrities who are promoting and funding this Astroturf children’s crusade to keep armed guards out of our schools always work and travel surrounded by armed guards?

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  • Philip Baker

    03/25/2018 04:53 PM

    Maybe they should look at John Lott’s collection of studies that refute the limited one cited- who would believe the FBI about anything anyway?

  • patricia rentz

    03/25/2018 04:42 PM

    I want to know what she wants if she doesn't want a good guy with a gun. There not much choice left. I left a suggestion about locking all the doors where the killer can't get in the buildings and use one main door only to get in with a scanner and a guard, but I can't seem to get any feedback on it. I lived in Jonesboro, Ark at the time of that shooting and it wouldn't have helped much then but if we had really talked about it then like we are now, maybe we wouldn't be talking about it now.

  • Wayne Graff

    03/25/2018 04:31 PM

    To the young lady who has no concept of reality. Yes, good guys with guns stop crimes everyday, the problem is, it doesn't fit with the liberal agenda, which is why you don't see it reported on TV. You need to find other sources to get your news and then you will find that people of all types stop criminals with their own guns. This is not a once in a while occurrence, it just doesn't get reported.

  • Paul N Bernier

    03/25/2018 04:23 PM

    God bless you Governor Huckabee, you are 100% correct on this subject.

  • Kate Burch

    03/25/2018 04:17 PM

    Hardening the targets is the priority. Talk about more regulation or stripping citizens of Second Amendment rights merely distracts from a larger issue: the infantile rage demonstrated by and too often acted upon that afflicts many young people. My belief is that getting back to mores and official policies that incentivize marriage and intact families would go a long way toward improving the mental health statistics.

  • Harry Wenzel

    03/25/2018 04:16 PM

    I took a gun safety and education course, sponsored by the U. S. Law Shield in PA. The presenter, an attorney specializing in gun law, read many instances where responsible gun owners prevented serious injury, thwarting attacks from perpetrators, and this happens each day he claimed. And none of these instances are normally reported in the news. How would he know? Every member of U. S. Law Shield is instructed. If you are forced to fire your gun in self defense or protecting another, your next step is, call the police, state you were forced to defend yourself, and upon their arrival, call the U.S. Law Shield till free no. You are connected automatically to their - your attorney, and show the officer your card, answering no questions until your attorney arrives. The U.S. Law Shield maintains stats. Most gun owners act responsibly and take this very seriously. High school students should hear the facts.

  • raymond Reed

    03/25/2018 04:09 PM

    For 42 years my wife and I have concealed weapon permits in the State of California. Every 2 years one must attend a 4 hour class addressing the laws that protect the intruder or thug. One realizes that to use a weapon for imminent dangerous situations that immediately in this State one will be arrested, and a lawyer will be absolutely 100% required. The estimated cost of this is from $150,000 to $300,000.00. One could rationalize it's better to be shot than to "stop" a person whom is within 10 feet of them with a weapon in their hand to attack them. This being said, MY wife was walking around a high school that was well lighted with another friend. A van opened the side door and 7 hispanics jumped out of the van and started chasing them. The friend used pepper spray on one of them, the fastest runner, and that made the others very furious. My wife carried a concealed weapon as she does at all times, even at church and at home. Her friend always told her that "no one" needed a weapon, pepper spray would work just fine. On this day, though pepper spray proved her wrong. As the remaining 6 hispanics chased my wife and her friend ( in their 60's) my wife stopped, removed her weapon and took a 2 point stand and pointed the weapon at the closest thug. My wife told me that he stopped so fast that he fell down and the others immediately started running the other way. Permit carriers know that the law is against them. But, one only has one life. As do others. Today, my wife and I still go walking. The only difference is that NOW there are 2 people with concealed weapon permits and the concealed weapon is NOT in the purse.

    These youngesters are welcome to their thoughts. In truth we all heard from the degenerates back in the late 60,s and early 70's who called Vietnam Vets "baby killers". Today it is not the vietnam vets that kill babies it is the democrats. Planned "NO" parenthood violates the information given to Mary when the Holy Spirit shared with Mary that she ( not married) was to give berth to the messiah. There is no other person who was ridiculed more than Mary.

    There are over 3000 babies killed in a month per planned "NO" parenthood organizations and the babies are not protected by the second amendment.

    For me and my house we will serve the Lord and protect ourselves doing it.

    Talk, talk, talk. When one is in an imminent death defying situation - will the one live or die ? What "could" make the difference ? There are approximately 1 policeman for every 10,000 people in most cities. Each and every one of them do their jobs as best they can. But they are re-active ( after the fact) in 99.9% of the cases.

    So, where are the high school students at when it comes to protecting the innocent babies rom the doctors who kill them and sell their parts ? I know. They are home listening to their democratic mothers who profess their "rights" are greater than a life with a holy spirit.

  • Barbara Greene

    03/25/2018 04:07 PM

    Absolutely right Governor..These kids,are so being used. Anyone with an ounce of brains knows this has all been irchadyrated by the Socialist Left. Second Ammendment must stand. No one will defeat America. Americans need to turn more to God..that is the answer here. A GOOD with a gun does stop a bad guy with a gun because the bad guys are cowards and want no harm to themselves while they attack others. Americans must wake up to these dangers to.our REPUBLIC and fight back..please keep on with your comments...America needs your voice and your prayers.

  • Marty Morehouse

    03/25/2018 04:04 PM

    Put bipartisan approved AIRPORT SECURITY at ALL SCHOOLS !!! - Metal Detectors and Armed Guards !!! Save our Kids !!!

  • Cathie Zimmerer

    03/25/2018 03:58 PM

    I am so proud of the way the school shooting event was handled in Maryland (I am from Maryland). Sad and tragic that it happened, however there is not rave reviews in the MSM on how quick and efficiently the target was neutralized in a situation that could have been much worse than what played out. Although the initial target may or may not have been prevented, the potential casualties in an event like this were averted. I am so tired of special interest groups poisoning our children's minds. When interviewed, most of the kids participating in the march could not even tell you what the gun laws currently say, let alone what they currently say in their state, It is all a farce rendering their efforts useless. No informed person would take them serious.

  • Tom Stillings

    03/25/2018 03:56 PM

    I would love to argue with you sir, but, as usual, you seem to have hit the nail right on the head!

  • Tom Stillings

    03/25/2018 03:56 PM

    I would love to argue with you sir, but, as usual, you seem to have hit the nail right on the head!

  • Myrna Fourcher

    03/25/2018 03:53 PM

    I agree with you. The young people are operating on emotions, not logic. They are being exploited by news media and Hollywood!

  • Bruce Deming

    03/25/2018 03:53 PM

    There was no study, this is made up crap that democrats have stuffed into this child. This is sickening. If this child wants to be in the political spotlight then treat her like an adult and tear her libtard narrative apart right in her face. Then maybe she'll check facts before she spews democrat talking points. She doesn't understand that she's being used for political gain, by libtards with an agenda, who could care less about her.

  • Michael Newton

    03/25/2018 03:48 PM

    It's been said and resaid, but the simple truth is that laws only control the law abiding citizens. If find are ever confiscated, it'll only be from the registered, law abiding gun owners. Criminals often but their guns on the thriving black market. They're not registered, and I assure you the criminals who possess them will not turn them in voluntarily. So, what you end up with is a society where only criminals have guns, and they will have an absolute field day using them on all of the unarmed, law abiding citizens. And also, study some history of what has happened in the past in countries were it's citizens allowed their government to disarm them. Can you spell "Dictatorship" and Mass Extermination"? Don't allow this to happen in the United States.

  • William Schlumpf

    03/25/2018 03:44 PM

    "....of 160 incidents only 1 was stopped by someone with a valid firearms permit" How were the other 159 incidents ended? What was the criteria for selecting the 160 incidents? Guns are used daily to end criminal activity and there mere presence is a deterrent of many more potential events. Simply look at jurisdictions where firearms ownership is restricted and compare to where it is not. The difference in criminal activity is crystal clear. School administration and Law enforcement unwillingness to address the Parkland shooter's mental instability is the glaringly obvious problem in this "incident." If a school employee had a gun (and "valid firearms permit" ) to engage the shooter, perhaps the "study" would read 2 "incidents" out of 160 and 17 of Parkland's young men and women would be still with us.

  • Tim Morris

    03/25/2018 03:42 PM

    Excellent article. It's a shame the ultra liberal media won't print or air the real truth.

  • Bill Slater

    03/25/2018 03:42 PM

    And, how many of the liberal celebs' children attend schools that have armed security?

  • Deborah Rice

    03/25/2018 03:42 PM

    The media and the left are shameless. They are using these teens. When I was their age I was a passionate Demacrat. Then came the Carter administration. I was proud to register Republican and vote for Reagan. Maybe these teens will change when they get in the real world. Thank you Mike for all you do

  • William Schlumpf

    03/25/2018 03:38 PM

    "....of 160 incidents only 1 was stopped by someone with a valid firearms permit" How were the other 159 incidents ended? What was the criteria for selecting the 160 incidents? Guns are used daily to end criminal activity and there mere prescience is a deterrent of many more potential events. Simply look at jurisdictions where firearms ownership is restricted and compare to where it is not. The difference in criminal activity is crystal clear. School administration and Law enforcement unwillingness to address the Parkland shooter's mental instability is the glaringly obvious problem in this "incident." If a school employee had a gun (and "valid firearms permit" ) to engage the shooter, perhaps the "study" would read 2 "incidents" out of 160 and 17 of Parkland's young men and women would be still with us.

  • Jim McDowell

    03/25/2018 03:35 PM

    Mike, I appreciate the time you take to give us honest updates on relevant issues.

    thank you and God Bless

  • Donn Kraemer

    03/25/2018 03:30 PM

    Since Columbine High School (042099), almost ALL school, workplace, and other shootings have ceased when the gunman was confronted by an armed individual - - law enforcement or other - - whereupon the suspect either shot himself, was shot by the officer or citizen, surrendered, or (more rarely) ran away. If the suspect gains entry through unlocked doors (there's a fixable solution! ), the timely intervention of an armed good guy invariably stops the carnage. Parkland HS was an inexcusable failure of officers to immediately confront, contain, and neutralize the killer. I was a SWAT officer who responded to the Columbine massacre, and 19 years later I am appalled that we still are having to have these discussions. Out of the thousands of marchers this weekend, none have proposed a viable, workable solution.

  • Robert M Chavis

    03/25/2018 03:30 PM

    So stop the so called second amendment , and allow only the city,county, state, and federal govs to have firearms and we all will be in a utopia of non-violence, WOW that was easy,
    So that will stop bad Human nature,
    So that will stop crime,
    So that will stop wars,
    So that will stop drug trade violence,
    So the govs of the so called usa will protect all from all,
    So we all of older age have missed the most simple way to a Utopia of non-violence,
    So we all just trust all the govs of here and the world to keep us all safe,
    My ancestral Native Indian Humans gave up their weapons, allowed the usa Gov. take care of us now look at us.
    after my native peoples thought non-violence would work with the euro/colonial gov. they gave up their weapons, SO the USA war dept that made the bureau of indian affairs, hangs some 40 Sioux natives for asking for food they were promised for giving up some of their lands to the euros,
    Over 150,000,000 ,million of our native ancestors murdered so a gov of new immigrants could take over lands that they did not own or buy or bring over on any boats,
    There is much more to be concerned about as well,

  • Michael R Brannick

    03/25/2018 03:25 PM

    98% of mass murders since 1950 have been in "gun free" zones.Although they each stopped being gun free when the murderers walked into them, didn't the6y? I guess the killers didn't see the signs or I'm sure they would have left without killing anyone. NOT! Many mass murderers either admitted to picking their targets precisely because they were "gun free" zones . The admissions were either done in police interviews or in the "manifestos they left behind.

  • MC Hernandez

    03/25/2018 03:25 PM

    Right on, Huck!

  • keith Doepker

    03/25/2018 03:24 PM

    We wouldn't be having these marches and arguments if the police or FBI had done their job with the info they had about the shooter. The ones with the info should have at the very least lost their jobs if not prosecuted for negligence. The 17 people would be alive today if they had done their job!

  • William Wennerlund

    03/25/2018 03:23 PM

    A program with professionals and video about what evil people are like. Target Focus Training has DVDs about their training, but also shows what the sociopaths are really like, with interviews. They explain the mentality of the evil people. Tim Larkin is the head of TFT and has a great book which includes a lot on this whole subject. I've presented the training to about 10 of our church people and hope that a lot more take it. You might like to talk to Tim. TFT is a self defense course that teaches that anyone can take out a bad guy no matter who he is.

  • J Harasek

    03/25/2018 03:16 PM

    I believe the victims, their families and the families of those who weren't injured by the shooter taken down by the good guy, would differ in their opinions!

  • Firewagon

    03/25/2018 03:15 PM

    Few, if any, Tucker Carlson, You Governor, are asking the truly critical question: "America has been a nation with an armed citizenry since before the Declaration of Independence. Millions of children, including this one, grew up with "children" (high school) riding school buses with their .22 caliber rifles for practice at school. There were no accidents, no bus drivers shot, no HS students shot, much less ANY school shootings! The QUESTION: WHAT HAS CHANGED?" That is the issue America needs to address. Guns have changed but little; however, America has LOST the "culture war." From a culture of mutual respect, communities looking out for their residents, more churches than beer joints, a society couched in the belief of a Higher Power, America has become more crass, more decadent, and now is a "secularist society" that is losing, and has lost, the underpinning required for a successful, thriving, society, our vibrant, stable family structure! Scary thing being, I'm not sure how we get that back? Without it, America is on the fast track to the ash heap of history!!

  • Daniel l. Allder

    03/25/2018 03:15 PM

    This particular young lady must be a blonde!!!!

  • Kellie Krenek

    03/25/2018 03:09 PM

    I live in the Great Mills High School community and know for a fact that Deputy Gaskill is a hero. His armed presence was monumental in stopping the gunman. It's sad to me that tgese young people in South Florida are being indoctrinated in our schools by the far left ideologies. I don't know what more they need for proof that an armed good guy stopped the armed bad guy, unlike the cowardice armed officers in South Florida. We thank God for Deputy Gaskill and his counterparts for all that they do to protect our children.

  • Carolyn Javaux

    03/25/2018 03:07 PM

    It's these little self righteous twits that make such stupid comments about gun control! Someone with a gun at these school shootings could have prevented a lot of unnecessary deaths! Every shool should have security guards with loaded guns and very capable of using the guns!

  • Stephen Russell

    03/25/2018 02:55 PM

    Choices:
    Arm staff, security
    Fortify key exits, entrances, ID guests.
    OR
    PU Johnny in a body bag or ID at morgue
    Your call parents.
    Your call.
    Choose.
    MD case proves the armed response works.
    Or shall we have Massacre High School USA.
    Your choice students 2.
    Shooters respond to forceonly

  • Alethea Loree

    03/25/2018 02:45 PM

    The school knew, the students knew, the police knew, and the FBI knew the student was mentally ill. Those are the facts but they want to blame the gun. They need to look at each other and why no one protected the students at the Parkland School. My son and granddaughter went to that High School if I would have known this was happening at the the school I would have contacted the PTA and the Broward School Board. There should be an investigation of why this happened. I live in Blue Broward County I should of lived on the west coast with the midwesterns but God planted me here with the heathens.

  • Tim Haile

    03/25/2018 02:41 PM

    Mike, as usual, your logic and observations are spot on! (Perhaps I relate to you so well because we are both a couple of Arkansas boys!) Thanks for all of your efforts to defend the truth and protect our rights. Like you, I respect the courage of the Florida youths to speak out on issues, but the youths behind this present anti-gun chatter are reacting emotionally. They are uninformed on many aspects of the gun issue, but their youthful looks and enthusiasm are being exploited by a more sinister progressive anti-American movement. The timing of this union makes it even more effective and dangerous. I just hope it doesn’t hurt us in the 2018 mid-terms. Keep up the good work of informing people!