Reacting to tragedy

March 1, 2018

In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Florida and news that the shooter bought one of his rifles from Dick’s Sporting Goods, the CEO announced that the chain would no longer carry AR-15 rifles. This made headlines, even though there’s less to the story than meets the eye. For instance, the rifle purchased at Dick’s wasn’t used in the shooting. It also wasn't an AR-15. It couldn’t be, since Dick’s already stopped selling those in 2012. This latest announcement applies to Field & Stream, an outdoor and hunting goods chain owned by Dick’s. You could tell that the people celebrating the news were clueless about what they were celebrating by how many of them on social media referred to the rifle in question as an “AK-15.”

WalMart also announced that it will no longer sell firearms or ammunition to anyone under 21, among other new policies that won’t make any difference in deterring criminals and school shooters. It puts them in the unique position of refusing to sell any gun, or even a toy gun that resembles a military weapon, to a 19-year-old Marine who handles real military weapons for a living, but then, logic isn’t what most gun control policies are about. They’re usually based on what make people feel safer, not what actually makes people safer.


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But it’s a free country, and Dick’s and Walmart can carry whatever products they want in their stores. They should just be aware that, as the movie industry and the NFL learned, taking sides on controversial issues is bad for business. A lot of people go to Dick’s or Walmart for hunting supplies; many will likely take their business elsewhere now. If the executives hope that lost business will be offset by more urban-dwelling liberals shopping at Dick’s and WalMart, they’re likely to be sorely disappointed.

And if they thought blaming the hardware or law-abiding gun owners for the evil actions of shooters was popular just because it’s the only view you hear in the media, there’s new evidence that that’s a seriously misguided assumption. A new poll of voters by Morning Consult for Politico.com found that the favorability ratings of companies that severed programs for NRA members has plummeted virtually overnight. They are now viewed slightly more favorably by Democrats, but far less so by Republicans. To cite one, Enterprise Rent-a-Car’s favorable rating rose 4 points among Democrats but free-fell from +52 to -9 among Republicans, averaging out to a 24-point drop overall. There’s a chart at this link that shows the results of siding with leftist elites against half or more of your customer base. But again, it’s a free country, and I will defend these companies’ unquestionable right to alienate their own customers.


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Right now, President Trump is worrying some of his supporters who took him at his word that he would defend the Constitution. He’s talking about backing comprehensive gun control laws, and taking people’s guns first, then allowing due process. This is the trait that some Never Trumpers feared: that lacking a solid foundation of conservative principles, he might be prone to letting prevailing media narratives and pressures make him “go all wobbly,” as Margaret Thatcher so memorably put it.

And of course, most Republicans think it’s a sure sign Trump has taken a seriously wrong turn when he’s actually praised by Chuck Schumer.

It remains to be seen what that “comprehensive” gun law package will eventually contain by the time it gets out of Congress, if it does. The NRA is fine with strong background checks. Some other proposals will likely do nothing but create more cost and inconvenience for lawful buyers and sellers. Congress already banned “assault weapons,” a nebulous term without an actual meaning, and it was allowed to expire because it had virtually no effect, but why not do it again? The idea of banning gun sales to people on the terrorist watch list makes obvious sense, but only if you don’t know the problems with that list, that people can easily be placed on it by mistake due to incompetence or partisan spite and have their Constitutional rights taken away for no good reason. That’s a reform that should only be passed once the list is reformed. And other proposals that might be in it would run afoul of the Bill of Rights and surely be challenged in court. So far, the only change I see that might actually have prevented any of these mass shootings is the one liberals vehemently oppose: banning designated “gun-free zones” (or as I call them, “sitting duck zones.”)


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While Americans often get frustrated with “gridlock,” we forget how fortunate we are that the Founders created a system that has so much built-in inertia. They knew that it was easy for the masses to get swept up in the heat of the moment and want to hurry and pass laws or change the Constitution when they’re not thinking rationally. So they created a system that requires long, drawn-out debate and multiple steps to pass a law, and even more hoops to jump through to change the Constitution. Maybe in the end, this will result in new gun laws. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as what finally emerges are laws that help prevent further tragedies while not infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens.

Just two weeks after the horrifying shooting in Florida, Americans are still grieving and searching for answers, but there are signs of a backlash already building against those who would seek to exploit our grief for political advantage or to shift blame away from the killers and onto their hardware. Americans are smart enough to realize that when the Frankenstein monster went on a rampage, it wasn’t the fault of the people who made the bolts in his neck. It was because he was a monster.

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  • James B. Johnson

    03/04/2018 07:30 PM

    I agree with you fully Governor Huckabee!! Trump is really messing up talking all this gun control w3hen he said he would protect the 2nd Amendment. You and I both know that you cannot legislate evil out of humanity! Guns never hurt anyone until evil put their hands on them. I have a step cousin who was just shot eight times 2 nights ago by a convicted felon and another guy too. I quite imagine they are both felons. Anyway keep up the good work. I think very highly of you sir.

    God Bless,
    James Johnson

  • Glenn Richardson

    03/03/2018 04:53 PM

    Mike, thank you for the clarification to the claims made by Dick's Sporting Goods and your other comments relative to the shooting in Florida.
    My concern is the knee-jerk reaction by the so called lawmakers in Washington, including President Trump. Rather than focus on what went wrong with the background check documents that apparently cleared the shooter, even though there was evidence of some sort of derangement. We also know the sheriff in Broward County has some answering to do that can only be concluded by his resignation.
    I suggest there be an investigation of the paperwork process that starts in the gunshop, forwarded to the proper authorities, and then referred back to the gun shop to clear the individual as qualified to purchase a firearm done in a responsible manner?. What happens to that paperwork that resulted in approval? Are these applications handled by responsible people in the agencies in Washington or just some clerk that files them away? Does the BTF or other responsible agency even spot check to determine if the forms are being properly completed by the seller? Do local police agencies file action plans of what action they will take and not take in the event of an active shooter situation? If it is determined the applicant has entered false information or lies on an application what action is taken? With respect to Concealed Carry Permits what tests and certification used to confirm an individual is properly trained to conduct the tests? The reason for this last question is because the individual I first went to for training was not, in my opinion, qualified to give the training or even certify a person qualified to the point that he said, "if you don't know the answer ask me and I'll give it to you". I left and found another place to be certified for CC and when I went to the Sheriff's Department I reported this information. I don't know if anything was done about this or not.
    There is an abundance of bad information about firearms sold at Gun Shows. I've found that the dealers at shows I go to complete background check forms and most are forwarded as they are supposed to be, however who audits dealers to determine if they are conducting themselves according to existing laws. The only guns I've observed being sold at gun shows are those sold by private individuals which is legal as I understand it but this could be tightened up. Any firearm I've ever bought on line had to be shipped to a licensed firearm dealer where background checks were completed. Bottom line, there are a lot of steps that need to be confirmed in the process and it needs to be audited periodically. Thanks again for your comments Mike. Your daughter does a wonderful job in the White House.

  • William Schlumpf

    03/03/2018 12:56 PM

    Thank you for your reasoned comments about the Parkland shooting. Too often we are bombarded with the standard leftist strategy of the redirect away from the cause of a tragedy and on to a cause of the left. Take away the AR-15 (if that's what he used) and the homicidal maniac will hot become a sane gentleman. The means he used to fulfill his bloodlust was not the cause, he was. Unfortunately people in general and especially the young and naive do not understand the depravity of man and do not know their history. The most horrific school massacre to date was committed long before the AR was ever invented. The Bath School Massacre of 1927 resulted in the loss of life of 44 people. Identifying and treating or isolating, if necessary, those among us with mental disorders leading them to be a threat to others is part of the solution. Arming sane responsible citizens is another. Banning any class of weapons which by the way are used by the millions for legitimate sporting purposes and self defense, is not.

  • Mark Shields

    03/03/2018 10:52 AM

    I have never been on this site before although I have always loved Mike Huckabee! Everyone needs to quit complaining and start doing something. Its no one else's fault! You either make things happen, watch things happen or wonder WTF happened! So we need to get off our asses and quit letting these small groups of ultra left liberals make a big noise (whiners!) acting like they are bigger than they are, and more important than they are but we don't fight back! We have to go out and protest and say "You Pushed Mike Huckabee out because of his political opinion?) Its just an opinion!!! Last I saw there are laws that we have that you cannot discriminate because of Race, religion or political affiliation! So lets sit on our asses and blame someone else (damn liberals) or get out and start fighting back, Finally!! Seriously? They chip away at our freedoms but it has to stop! We need to draw the line here!! The bill of rights had ten of the most important rights. #1 free Speech. #2 the right to have Arms/Guns! Because the only true government is a government that fears the people! When the people begin to fear the government it is wrong! And do you know what our founding fathers said? Its okay for us to overthrow a wrong government? Sort of... Its okay for us to vote out and protest a wrong government? Yeah.... But NO! Its our duty and responsibility to fight and overthrow an unjust government! That's what they said! We are so lucky to have Donald Trump as our president but this is our last hope. Get off your asses and take up the fight against these liberals teaching our kids everyone is all happy and equal so lets let everyone into our country only a small percent are criminals and terrorists. Well maybe you should go fix Mexico and El Salvador if you want to help! But we are watching them infect a generation of kids that just inherited this great country and life. No wars no sacrifice just inherit what our fathers ancestors and what we fight for. They (Young people just don't know) what it is to have your dad or brother in WWll, fighting in viet nam or in the middle east just trying to stay alive! They got drafted didn't have a choice, they went around the world to defend us. Those Americans did not die or be wounded and lose a limb so our country could be torn apart! Yet most of us just honor our troops thank God for them and continued to sit on our asses and blame everyone else for our problems. Well its time to fight back! Peacefully, respectfully but protest and fight back! That's what the loudmouth liberals are doing! Please just organize or join what u can and spend one hour every week to just join the American cause and help us fight for our constitution. You don't have to be an ultra activist but do something please!

  • Ronald Virgil Pittman

    03/03/2018 08:33 AM

    You should allow at least 3000 characters for private contact.

  • George Blood

    03/03/2018 07:18 AM

    Mr. Huckabee: I'm sure you have your daughters ear if not Mr. Trumps. Mr. Trump cannot do the same things that criminal enterprise named Obama did throughout his administration. The second amendment is not Mr. Trumps right to do away with. I have never seen an age limit stated in the second amendment. Mr. Trump got it right about getting highly trained armed people in the schools. Even using some of the procedures some of the audience provided that have worked at their schools to ensure no violence, but restricting US citizens Constitutional rights is not his to give away.

  • Anita Barker

    03/03/2018 04:16 AM

    I love all your sensible, sometimes comical commentaries. Thanks.

  • John M. Gonser

    03/03/2018 01:33 AM

    Governor: Maybe if we renamed the AR-15 to something that would scare Democrats a bit less. Maybe the Pooh Bear Doodad would do it. I've heard so many lefties claim that the "AR" meant "Assault rifle" that I don't have enough fingers and toes to count them all, even if I do it by the thousands. Sorry for Armalite, the company who designed the AR series. They can't use their designations any more without the New York Times and Oprah coming down on them. That jackass that is the logo of the Democrats is apt.

  • V J C Bingham

    03/03/2018 12:12 AM

    Hello Mike,
    I fully support the 2nd Amendment Right to Bear Arms, having been at one time a Second Amendment Sister - and as spokesperson for gun rights, appearing 3 times on conservative scion, Paul Weyrich‘s show, Endangered Liberties. You remind me of Paul in your important stand for human, Christian, and civil, rights.

    What I see on the horizon today however, is far more dangerous than gun confiscation.
    The president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, spoke his nation on Thursday and unveiled what for lack of a better phrase, is certainly a ‘game changer’. Unfortunately the US, it’s government and its citizens is not taking the threat seriously.

    At the US State Department Press Briefing on March 1st, spokesperson Heather Nauert made the statement, in response to a question about the validity of Russia's claims of the readiness of the weapons they tested, that "The State Department practices 'diplomacy'", deflecting the reporter's question to a spokesperson for the defense department.

    Not 5 minutes later a reporter from the Russian Republic attempted to ask a question, and with typical American hubris and hypocrisy, Nauert dismissed the reporter offhand, and refused to speak with her. This is what the nations of the world understand to be American 'diplomacy'.

    For me it was embarrassing; but it is more than that. This is dangerous.

    Because if the one agency assigned to the ostensible position of international diplomacy, cannot respond diplomatically by fielding a question by an adversary of our own making, what hope is there in the world for a peace process?

    And if as President Trump unveiled a few weeks ago, the NEW American posture on any perceived threat to our enemies is to be a Nuclear Answer – a reversal of 80 years of nuclear weapons restraint – then the Russian Federation is certainly within their right to respond in kind; which is what Putin did this week.

    It’s a game changer all right. For one nuclear weapon will effectively nullify a nation's arsenal of small arms.

    What we need desperately from US leadership and the church in America, is to stop pretending all of our problems are due to the jealousy of the nations. That ruse was old 40 years ago. Nehemiah was not called unpatriotic when he acknowledged the sins of God’s people, and prayed what to this day, stands as one of the most important prayers ever recorded in scripture. It was a prayer of repentance ala II Chronicles 7:14, It won the people of God freedom, a new home and a second chance.

    Sir, perhaps you could spearhead the call to repentance that the church in America needs to immediately respond to, if we are to avoid the fate of Jeremiah 50:9.

    God bless you,
    Victoria
    ?

  • Rustin Rathbun

    03/02/2018 11:48 PM

    Mike
    I think it's time. Let's have the big debate on gun control. Put it on all the major TV channels like we do with the presidential debate. Anti-gun people can select 3 of their best spokespersons (one or more of them has to be a politician) and likewise on the second amendment side. A monitor from each side to ask the questions of the panel participants giving each side the opportunity to plead their case. Let Americans decided who makes the best case. Your difficulty in putting this together will be that the anti-gun people already know they won't win and will weasel out of the challenge. So if they do, we can call them out for that. I would love to see the match up of a Feinstein and Loesch. That could easily be the best entertainment of the year.

  • Jess Mills

    03/02/2018 11:06 PM

    I think Mr. John Peters misunderstands the difference between semi-automatic and fully-automatic firearms. The semi-automatic fires with one pull of the trigger resulting in one round being discharged - civilian AR-15s (also civilian AK-47s) are of this type, not to mention the ubitous Rqiuger 10/22 semi-autos, the Remington 740 series, the Winchester Model 100 and, most famously, the Springfield Armory M1 Garand, which was a premier weapon used by US forces in fighting WW II. A fully-automatic firearm fires when the trigger is pulled, and continues to fire until the trigger is released or the magazine is empty, which ever comes first. Fully-automatic firearms have been closely regulated by the government since 1934, and involves fingerprinting, local law-enforcement approval, a federal background check, and, most notably, a $200.00 tax fee. If ignorance is bliss, some of these folks would be more blistered than a mustard plaster would cover. No offense intended, Mr. Peters, but you need to either know more, and/or use the better-informed words in your communications.

  • Jess Mills

    03/02/2018 11:05 PM

    I think Mr. John Peters misunderstands the difference between semi-automatic and fully-automatic firearms. The semi-automatic fires with one pull of the trigger resulting in one round being discharged - civilian AR-15s (also civilian AK-47s) are of this type, not to mention the ubitous Rqiuger 10/22 semi-autos, the Remington 740 series, the Winchester Model 100 and, most famously, the Springfield Armory M1 Garand, which was a premier weapon used by US forces in fighting WW II. A fully-automatic firearm fires when the trigger is pulled, and continues to fire until the trigger is released or the magazine is empty, which ever comes first. Fully-automatic firearms have been closely regulated by the government since 1934, and involves fingerprinting, local law-enforcement approval, a federal background check, and, most notably, a $200.00 tax fee. If ignorance is bliss, some of these folks would be more blistered than a mustard plaster would cover. No offense intended, Mr. Peters, but you need to either know more, and/or use the better-informed words in your communications.

  • V J C Bingham

    03/02/2018 07:20 PM

    Hello Mike,
    I fully support the 2nd Amendment Right to Bear Arms, having been at one time a Second Amendment Sister - and as spokesperson for gun rights, appearing 3 times on conservative scion, Paul Weyrich‘s show, Endangered Liberties. You remind me of Paul in your important stand for human, Christian, and civil, rights.

    What I see on the horizon today however, is far more dangerous than gun confiscation.
    The president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, spoke his nation on Thursday and unveiled what for lack of a better phrase, is certainly a ‘game changer’. Unfortunately the US, it’s government and its citizens is not taking the threat seriously.

    At the US State Department Press Briefing on March 1st, spokesperson Heather Nauert made the statement, in response to a question about the validity of Russia's claims of the readiness of the weapons they tested, that "The State Department practices 'diplomacy'", deflecting the reporter's question to a spokesperson for the defense department.

    Not 5 minutes later a reporter from the Russian Republic attempted to ask a question, and with typical American hubris and hypocrisy, Nauert dismissed the reporter offhand, and refused to speak with her. This is what the nations of the world understand to be American 'diplomacy'.

    For me it was embarrassing; but it is more than that. This is dangerous.

    Because if the one agency assigned to the ostensible position of international diplomacy, cannot respond diplomatically by fielding a question by an adversary of our own making, what hope is there in the world for a peace process?

    And if as President Trump unveiled a few weeks ago, the NEW American posture on any perceived threat to our enemies is to be a Nuclear Answer – a reversal of 80 years of nuclear weapons restraint – then the Russian Federation is certainly within their right to respond in kind; which is what Putin did this week.

    It’s a game changer all right. For one nuclear weapon will effectively nullify a nation's arsenal of small arms.

    What we need desperately from US leadership and the church in America, is to stop pretending all of our problems are due to the jealousy of the nations. That ruse was old 40 years ago. Nehemiah was not called unpatriotic when he acknowledged the sins of God’s people, and prayed what to this day, stands as one of the most important prayers ever recorded in scripture. It was a prayer of repentance ala II Chronicles 7:14, It won the people of God freedom, a new home and a second chance.

    Sir, perhaps you could spearhead the call to repentance that the church in America needs to immediately respond to, if we are to avoid the fate of Jeremiah 50:9.

    God bless you,
    Victoria
    ?

  • Jeanie Thor

    03/02/2018 04:36 PM

    My worry is about refusing to sell firearms to the "mentally ill". The Florida shooter wasn't shown to be "mentally ill". However I heard Whoppi Goldberg call VP Pence mentally ill, and most of the democrats believe the President is, and his family, and those who voted for him, many people believe those who believe in God are, so who gets to decide who is mentally ill? I worry. A lot.

  • Connie Olsen

    03/02/2018 04:29 PM

    For those of us that have taken the insults, bruises and punches from standing behind President Trump completely...no matter his foul mouth, name calling, etc...at least he has been true to his word. However, this latest "waffling" on the 2nd Amendment....after seeming to understand how very important it is to stay strong....just blows me away!!! To say, "I'm upset", is a great understatement! You just get to a point where you don't believe anything he might say or do now...because we've been so entirely deceived in the past few decades! I get that he's under tremendous pressure...but caving in on one thing...then it'll be another and another. He's been under God's favor...wouldnwouldn't want him to be out of favor with as many people that dislike...even hate, him!!! Praying that Pres. Trump will stick with the narrow road!

  • Betty Johanna Hutson

    03/02/2018 03:18 PM

    Thank you Mike for standing up for us Americans. I enjoy watching and listening to your weekly programs on TBN on Saturday/Sunday Nights. I especially enjoyed your recent Israel Tour with your team. Even though my family is split pro-left (terrible) and pro-right I have learned through yourself and other Conservatives the importance of not taking sides or arguing but instead turning it all over to our Lord God our Creator and Savior. God bless you and your family and especially your daughter Sarah who some of the media is intent on destroying with gossip. Please keep up the news in keeping Americans informed. My Roots are from Rodney, Arkansas, even though I am ffrfrom
    CCalifornia.

  • Mike Spears

    03/02/2018 03:12 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee: I find it disturbing that the President made the comment of taking guns first, due-process second. First, I don't believe those on your distribution list need to be told that infringing upon a citizen's due process rights is a bad idea. If law enforcement can infringe for some reasons, they will undoubtedly start infringing upon due process for other reasons and finally, it will become normal practice. Scary thought. Second, law enforcement has had procedural due process built into their operating systems for decades. They have long been trained to demonstrate in a court of law that they had followed due process every step of the way with each and every arrest made. Failure to follow due process requirements has gotten many cases thrown out of court and they are well aware of this. Due Process must always be adhered to in parallel, from start to finish and in every case. Since law enforcement already has this "base" covered, why mess with it? Besides Nikolas Cruz and other mentally ill mass shooters almost always make their presence known to law enforcement or to the medical community long before they become a mass shooter. There is absolutely no reason for compromise on Constitutional Due Process.

  • Ellen Williams

    03/02/2018 02:58 PM

    You are SO RIGHT, Governor. It is NOT the guns that cause violence. It is the human heart. In the book of Isaiah, there is a verse that says: "The heart is desperately evil and wicked; who can know it?" I don't think the government can change hearts; only God can.

  • Claudine Day

    03/02/2018 02:43 PM

    Regarding firearms, my husband sold sporting goods here in Oregon for a retail chain including rifles, handguns, ammo before he retired. We both hunt and are responsible gun owners. In Oregon, there are federal background checks required & conducted through NICS. That report determines any prior arrests, warrants, etc. I asked him how many gun sales to under age 21 individuals he sold. Oregon already has all of the background checks in place, and even at gun shows, private party sales & standard retail sales. He recalls that in 10 years in that business, he sold 2, maybe 3 to under the age of 21 years. Very small percentage. Most young people 18-21 don't spend their $ on rifles and shotguns, they are buying electronics instead. He also mentioned, most hunting parents give or buy a rifle for their children under 21 if they are interested in the hunting or shooting sports. Or, they may use their parents guns. In all of these businesses that are changing their policy regarding under 21 for firearms, this new procedure will not affect much. A much stronger background check system (in all states) would be more beneficial. Oregon already has that. Somehow, mental health issues, terrorist watch lists, military mental issues, etc. need to be reported and included in NICS as well. That would be a real benefit. As we know, this won't stop the criminals that steal guns, get them from black market, trade drugs for them, whatever. Our opinion on protecting schools is that each school have at least 2 armed officers, preferably military veterans (who have been cleared psychologically). Most out of work veterans would be happy to protect students, for little or no $. And closed campuses (even during lunch). NO one being allowed to come to the school office or inside building unless a parent is picking up a child and has prior authorization over the phone. And a requirement to show ID when they come in. Metal detectors as well. No Gun Zones signage does not work. Criminals love it. Thank you Mike and God Bless you for all you do and the opportunity to share this with you. Signed, Second Amendment supporters.

  • Lucy A. Martinez

    03/02/2018 02:41 PM

    As usual, the Liberals see that the Emperor has clothes when he is really naked!

  • Stephen Thomas

    03/02/2018 02:21 PM

    It really irks me when some people postulate that the reason we have guns is to go hunting.
    The founding fathers created the second amendment NOT for hunting, but, for OUR DEFENSE!!!
    To defend ourselves against those who would do us harm which includes the government, invaders, and/or criminals. In EVERY nation where guns were banned, a dictator soon followed.
    The process begins with:
    1) REGISTRATION then progresses to
    2) CONFISCATION and ultimately ends with
    3) SUBJUGATION.

    Regarding the reprobate minded retailers... some bright bulb in the advertising department (who likely believes the major medias' narrative) probably thought; "What a great way to get millions of dollars in FREE publicity!!!"
    I will no longer shop at Dick's and Enterprise is off my list. It's a little more difficult for me to escape Walmart's tentacles, but, I will be working on it.

  • Leonard Lugo

    03/02/2018 01:45 PM

    I don't know anything on AK15,saw one,one time. I've had guns in past. Not at present. Goodness,bunch of boneheads,you leave a gun on table or outside, won't do anything, get rusted! It's not the gun (s) the idiots! Arm school faculty, metal detector, tear down dictator Obama, what, the Promise program, etc. I'm getting a firearm,as get means. Thanks

  • monique reyes

    03/02/2018 01:34 PM

    America doesn't have a gun problem, It has a heart problem. We as a country have lost our respect for human life. Abortion kills millions more in one year than all the shootings combined. Guns don't create mass shootings "gun free zones" do. Attackers don't attack people who are ready and able to defend themselves immediately.

    Also, I fear that Trump with his "conservative stand" has dumped American much like Obama with his "christian faith" and "free health care." The leftists have Trump in a corner doing their bidding, all they have to do is make some claim and even if it was a good thing to much of his supporters, he goes against his supposed stand to garner leftest support and try to disprove what the leftist portray as wrong. Unless he's always been a secret liberal, he playing right into their hands..

  • teresa dickerson

    03/02/2018 01:29 PM

    I am so sick of these leftists that think they can do what they want. First of all, it is the responsibility of the parent to raise their child. They had warning signs. Our American families are being destroyed by the trash the deep state put on TV, news, Hollywood ,movies and I am sick of it. I am sick of George Soros and his sons intervening in our affairs because this pussy takes money from people and destroys countries. He is a traitor and outside traitor at that. He must be stopped now, along with his nutty sons. Second, we had an illegal radical terrorist president by the name Obama aka Barry Soetoro that the deep state put in. All of these people need to be arrested for treason, Clintons, Schumer, Waters, etc. Enough is enough and I am sick of them. They have no right to take a persons life,money,twist laws, covet land, homes and the American people need to get some real guts and do something now to help our president and the people like Mike Huckabee, Steve Pieczenick, Julian Assange, Roger Stone, Alex Jones and many more are trying to do. Lets get God back in our lives and get rid of the commis in America-clean the swamp faster!!

  • John Peters

    03/02/2018 12:50 PM

    Mike, I'm a strong conservative Republican, but I can't figure out why we shouldn't ban all automatic weapons. What legitimate purpose do they serve? Can I go duck hunting with one? As you know, the Second Amendment includes the words "well-regulated". Sure, this won't solve all the violence problems, but neither will gridlock. We have got to support reasonable regulations.

  • Paulette Meadows

    03/02/2018 12:43 PM

    Mike, I agree with you whole heartedly! It appears to me that the people who want to ban the AR are just over reacting, as usual, to a bad situation. It is a crying shame. It is pretty twisted that the Liberals are so willing to allow all these abortions that are killing millions of babies for no good reason and yet they put forth no effort to make changes to Abortion Laws!!!

  • Raymond Reed

    03/02/2018 12:29 PM

    In the late 70's until I retired in 2006 I worked in several professions in the petroleum industry. Including being employed as an ASME code certified welder, AWS-QC1-Certified Welding Inspector and finally a Certified Safety Professional. From the oilfields to the refineries we were told "no guns". However, until about 1995 drugs was rampant in the industry. So was alcohol. I was raised in the Ozarks in poverty. I was killing and eating game by the time I was 5. In 1975 I applied for a CCW. Then to a required 2 day training program which introduced "all of the accountability laws" for using a weapon. I carried a weapon with me at all times. TEACHERS MUST HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE CCW PERMITS AND TO CARRY FOR THEIR OWN SELF DEFENSE. We have already learned that all legal authorities ( Sheriff and FBI) are reactive to an imminent danger situation. NEVER DEPEND ON A PROTECTIVE SERVICE TO DEFEND. THEY ARE THE LAST TO GET THE CALL !

  • Donald McKinney

    03/02/2018 12:16 PM

    Your March 2 column Re: the Second Amendment is "spot on"! One of the few really intelligent and thought-out articles to surface after the FL school shooting. Thank you!

  • jack macdonald

    03/02/2018 12:00 PM

    I think Wal-mart is pursuing political correctness and practicing bandwagon policy. Had I not already decided to not patronize them for a quintupling of the price of a medicine I require as a 78 year old, I would have boycotted them over their NRA decision. I'm afraid that this new generation of CEOs are too wrapped up in PC and are basically cowards who submit to any leftwing bullying that occurs. I would love to see the millions of NRA members do what I did and refuse to darken their doors. There is a saying that money talks.

  • Dana Harlow

    03/02/2018 11:59 AM

    If we are going to move the goalposts to where you have to be 21 to buy a gun, drink, gamble etc, then we need to move the age of adulthood to 21 and make that the age to vote.

    Why are we making this large gray area between 18-21 where they are old enough to vote, join the military, pay taxes, or be tried as adults and yet they are not given full rights and responsibilities of an adult?

    This slippery slope is not going to end well for the GOP.

  • Marilynn Hoyt

    03/02/2018 11:42 AM

    And all of that is ok, let them have it! What that will do is push those that want guns to real gun shops. That is where I do my business. Not only will he sell me anything legal I want, will order it if that is what it takes, but he is a fountain of real and true information. And he supports me in everyway. I have only to take my gun to him and he will fix it, or clean it or? I can depend on what he tells me, unlike some clueless store clerk.

  • Virginia Crawford

    03/02/2018 11:39 AM

    Hello Governor Huckabee,
    It seems there is too much talk about gun control when there should be more done about the mentally ill. I listened to the President’s speech where he was stating we use to have facilities for the mentally ill. We need to take care of these people, and if need be get them off the streets. Addressing this issue doesn’t get ratings in the news though, and it’s all about ratings with the news media.
    I think we should make it mandatory for an eighteen year old to have an older person (who has been approved to have a gun) sign as co-owner for the gun the 18 year old is purchasing. Maybe even hold that person responsible for the gun.

  • Lois Koblizek

    03/02/2018 11:33 AM

    My heart goes out to the victims but to the shooter as well. This kid was screaming for help for years and no one paid attention. Psychotropic drugs have dangerous side effects. He is a typical result of the dissolution of the nuclear family. All boys need a father figure. He is also a patsy for the government's corruption of ignoring bad behavior to get keep stats low so they were eligible for more federal money. It's always "follow the money". I blame the government more than the boy who is a broken human being in need of Jesus Christ as Savior.

  • George S. Darley Sr.

    03/02/2018 11:22 AM

    Mike , Your comments and views are spot on as you and I both know the problem being that you cannot legislate morality nor the teachings of Christ in the home and I am frustrated to say is getting harder elsewhere . Broken homes and lack of moral fortitude are the causes of these horrific acts and until Americans take a knee for the correct reason it unfortunately will continue. At 13 I was skilled at the use of firearms by my God fearing Parents ,Grandparents and other adult relatives , at 18 I served my country in Vietnam as the third generation of the Darley family as I am proud to say is the service to our country is continued by my son , grandsons at the age of 18 . This thought of raising the age of the purchase of firearms to 21 will work as good as "saying no to drugs " Does anyone take personal responsibility for their actions anymore ? God Bless You ! Love the job you are doing and You have an amazing daughter to put up with the zoo in DC , What an exceptional Young Lady !

  • Rick Crook

    03/02/2018 11:02 AM

    Thank you for your commentary and bringing out the truth of what is really going on behind the scenes. I pray that President Trump is not caving to the liberal demands. I was looking forward to his promise of reciprocity so that I could travel safely in all the 50 United States, which are not so united anymore. These companies that dropped their support of the NRA really disappoint me. I've been a member of the NRA over 30 years and know what they stand for and not what the liberal media is portraying them to be. I've had Simplysafe monitoring for over 10 years of which I had great service with. I called them to ask why they were boycotting the NRA. They told me they were getting a lot of flack. I asked who and they couldn't give me an answer. So I told them to cancel my monitoring service. The young lady in a tone of her voice like she didn't really care said no problem and hung up on me. I got an email from them in less than a minute that my service was cancelled. So now I guess I will have to depend on my Bible and my guns for the safety of my family.

  • Stephen Russell

    03/02/2018 11:01 AM

    Gun Control:
    NO More Gun Free Zones.
    Raise age to 21
    Expand background checks & automate.
    References for background checks IF warranted.
    Arm school staffers.
    Train campus security IF no armed police nearby.
    Estd Safe Rooms.
    CCTV array for schools.
    Secure entry & exits into campus
    Open Campus means to Ideas NOT shooters.
    ID problem students & get Help.
    Police & Security co train for campus defense.
    Signage visible: No Gun Free Zone.
    Staff Armed & Trained ( with NRA logo).
    ALL schools nationwide.

    I blame Leftist policies for school shootings since Columbine 1999.
    Note Obamas law that FL enacted aided shooter, change laws & codes.
    Blame the Left for school shootings since TX Tower, 1966

  • Margi Popp

    03/02/2018 10:53 AM

    My thoughts regarding arming teachers is this, if you have been raised around guns and feel comfortable carrying a gun, then you should carry. How many teachers have made themselves human shields to protect kids and died doing it. These teachers could have been armed and it may have made a difference. America has a lot of hunters, those families share safety and knowledge with their children as to how to handle a gun and respecting it. These same children should they be by a teacher who is carrying and gets wounded in a shootout, these children with their knowledge and training can intervene as well to saving lives. Gun Free zones are dangerous. When you cannot count on those who have been assigned to guard your school then it is up to those who are in the line of fire to take action. Guns do not commit crimes, bad sick people do. America stand your ground!

  • Richard A. McKee, D.D.S.

    03/02/2018 10:45 AM

    Dear Mike,
    Really enjoy your newsletter. I read each and every one. Am so glad that there are still voices of reason out there. The left appears to be totally void of any logic or common sense. I sometimes cannot believe what people believe; that illegal aliens--- especially criminal illegals are allowed to stay or that shredding the constitution is ok ( second and fourth amendments). Please keep fighting for us. If people like you didn't exist we would lose the country we love so dearly. God bless you governor. Richard McKee, DDS

  • Ron Mullins

    03/02/2018 10:37 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, I have sampled numerous newsletters....Yours is by far the best written and the best overall....Keep up the good work....Your daughter is off the charts....Those dopey press clowns are no match for her...Hope she stays with TRUMP for a long time....I would be happy to see you working in the current administration....Thanks for your efforts...

  • Jill Groth

    03/02/2018 10:32 AM

    I appreciate your comments and generally agree with them. I do not understand why any private citizen would have need for any kind of an assault weapon that will rapid fire bullets of surmountable numbers. No hunter would have use for this in the sport of hunting, so why make it available? Military personnel are provided their weapons by their government while serving our country. Police agencies are also provided these weapons for reasons first responders may need. Why would a private citizen have any kind of need for this at any time? A rifle, yes; a revolver, okay; but assault weapons are not a need.

  • Gail Smith

    03/02/2018 10:10 AM

    Thank you for a voice of reason amongst all the hysteria, which is purposefully used to eat away at the rights our Founding Fathers gave us. They are guarantees of what the Government cannot do, which I fear so many do not understand. Would love to hear your thoughts on the Federalists papers when these issues come up.

  • Michael Egbert

    03/02/2018 09:58 AM

    Any legislation considered should be well thought out and proposed only after the emotional forest fire has been put out...decisions made in haste and at the heat of the moment tend to have undesirable and unforeseen consequences....

  • Carla Boyle

    03/02/2018 09:04 AM

    Thank you for everything you do for this country! Good Article. We need to END GUN FREE ZONES! Evil does not obey ANY law!

  • Beth Hodge

    03/02/2018 08:58 AM

    Mike, I'm kind of appalled that, being a Christian, you referred to the shooter as a "monster". Do you believe he is beyond salvation by the blood of Jesus? I'm not excusing his actions at all, but I wish those who jump to label him would first find out just what kind of psychotropic meds he was on. When unruly children are labeled early in elementary school and the non-qualified teacher diagnoses them as needing Ritalin or other such drugs, that teacher is the one who has created such "monsters". Virtually ALL of the mass shooters were themselves victims of the mind-control industry known as psychiatric medication. Even knowing right from wrong was not enough to prevent them from hearing voices telling them to carry out such evil deeds. I believe Satan himself is the perpetrator behind the drugs.

  • David Allen Dorsey

    03/02/2018 08:36 AM

    Thank you governor for your continued common sense analysis of current issues and events. I always look forward to your newsletter. Please keep it up!

  • Linda Hogan

    03/02/2018 08:17 AM

    Great analysis. Love reading your comments. I’m wondering if what I read was correct (another article here on Facebook)... that the Obama administration changed the law or allows Federal funding for schools, and police etc to ignore and not prosecute students in order to start balancing those in our prisons because too many young blacks were being procecuted and it was not proportionate. Therefore by using the current laws that check background they are not seeing these troubled students. Is this correct? If so then start by reversing this nonsense! I hope SOMEONE has told Trump!!

  • William Keller

    03/02/2018 08:12 AM

    The main point of this " last straw" shooting, that everyone seems to ignore, is that warnings were given to the FBI about his condition and I think probably the locals new about it too, but our system failed to do anything. The "911" terrorists were being "watched" by the FBI and they were not stopped. Until such time as a foolproof policing is developed, no gun control will help. We need people who are a threat control.

  • Glenda Philippe

    03/02/2018 08:08 AM

    Thank you. I liked the "alienate there own customers." I liked the "create a monster." And several other terms you used to describe the
    situation. This is just another way to create a black market for guns. The Mexican Cartel is probably already planning a way to do this.
    A monster is a monster and a criminal a criminal. Two things that have come out of this type of crime every time is 1)the police respond but can't respond that quickly and shouldn't be expected to. (Well, in this case they were there and told not to respond.) 2.) The federal govt. can't solve the problem - most of the time they never do. It is foolish for anyone to believe they will ever will.

  • Olivia Taylor

    03/02/2018 07:33 AM

    I appreciate your thoughtful and knowledgeable analysis. It's a matter of concern to me that President Trump seems to be listening to the wrong counsellors! I pray he will do the right thing rather than that which seems politically correct at the moment.

  • Donna Sudbrook

    03/02/2018 03:57 AM

    Many peoples thoughts turn to Locked doors and buzzers and hardening of school security. But there is a very real issue with a hole in the system with regard to student behavior. the very most extreme Bad behavior and continually troubled students are not dealt with properly in our public schools k-12 possibly per federal and state policies which demand inclusion at all costs. Severe cost to other students ( in my opinion this is the source of the achievement gap) and to the troubled students themselves who have no hope of any type of reasonable recovery In a one teacher to 25 student ratio or in middle school or high school 1 to 125Ratio. After a countywide security meeting last week, five of us parents talked afterwards and came out with the same problem, the schools not been able to deal with bad behavior and students and I might add bad behavior in teachers... That one two or three less than a handful of very bad performers in a public schools are wrecking havoc. Many other students see the ineffectiveness and are emboldened or disheartened And their behavior worsens as well. Florida’s $500 million and and millions being spent by school systems across this nation should be spent on policies that Develop a systemic way of dealing with Extreme bad behavior and a handful of students. This would improve school climate across the country And improve the education of many children.