March 16, 2018

Wednesday, just one month after the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the House passed a bipartisan bill called the STOP (Students, Teachers, Officers Prevention) School Violence Act. It’s not the gun control bill liberals are pushing for, but one that actually addresses the direct causes of the problem. It allocates $50 million to the states for improving school safety protocols, setting up anonymous threat reporting systems (that I hope someone will pay attention to!) and training teachers and police in recognizing and responding to students with mental health issues.

It still has to pass the Senate, but considering it got bipartisan support and passed the House by 407-10, maybe it’s something that even the Senate will be able to agree on.


Yesterday, thousands of students walked out of class in a nationwide protest dubbed “National School Walkout Day.” Its organizers hailed it as a grassroots, “the-children-will-lead-us” turning point event that will force adults to yield to the wisdom of youth and pass more gun control laws. Critics called it an astroturfed media event in which naïve students were manipulated and exploited by well-funded leftwing organizations into promoting their political agenda of passing laws that punish law-abiding gun owners while not making schools any safer.

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I’ll let you decide which of those is more likely from these two details from the article: it was organized by Empower, the youth wing of the Women’s March movement; and the protest in New York City involved groups of students gathering outside Trump International Hotel to chant, “Hey, hey, NRA, how many kids did you kill today?” (To answer their question: None. No school shootings have ever been carried out by a member of the NRA, although the recent church shooter in Texas was stopped by a neighbor who was an NRA gun training instructor with an AR-15 rifle that the protest organizers would have wanted to keep him from having.)

I’d advise you to look at the article, photos and quotes, to see the deeply emotional argument that’s being made. As I’ve said before, I am a gun owner and an NRA member, and my heart breaks when I hear of any child being a victim of gun violence. If I honestly thought that giving up my guns would save children’s lives, I would do so in an instant.

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But I’ve lived long enough and dealt with this issue long enough to know that disarming the law-abiding does not reduce crime, and passing more laws to discourage criminals is useless when breaking laws is what makes someone a criminal to begin with. Someone with bad intent will always be able to buy an arsenal of illegal guns in the time it takes his intended victims to fill out the paperwork to start the process for their waiting periods and background checks. Schools are targeted because they’re soft targets. You don’t prevent that by disarming their protectors, you do it by hardening the targets. And more laws are useless when the people in charge of enforcing them are either unable or unwilling to enforce the laws we already have.

Those who argue that we should let today’s teenagers write laws because many of America’s Founders were also very young should remember that by age 25, the Founders had lived much fuller lives than many people today ever will. They also understood that laws passed in the heat of emotion are almost always bad laws. That’s why they created a system that requires time, debate and compromise, so that cooler heads could prevail.

That’s not to deny the power of emotional protests, nor to downplay the honest feelings behind them. You’d have to have a heart of stone not to choke back tears at one demonstration that used empty shoes to represent the young lives lost, including 17 in Parkland. But how many of the reporters expressing so much concern about those wasted lives even care that Planned Parenthood alone kills 17 babies by abortion every half hour of every day of the year? That’s not the pro-life agenda they care to promote.

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I’m glad many on the left are finally recognizing that every life is sacred and that our children deserve protection. So let’s start focusing on societal changes that will actually protect all our children’s lives from the very beginning, whether they are threatened by criminals or madmen with guns or quacks with scalpels.



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  • Nancy Miller

    03/17/2018 01:01 AM

    I just read the Senate version and it calls for
    $75,000,000 for fiscal year 2018; and
    $100,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2028

    I have not read the House version but it looks like the Senate wants to spend a whole lot more than the House.
    Also, and the end of the Senate version it says:

    (1) None of the funds appropriated to carry out this part
    may be used to provide firearms or training in the use of
    (2) Nothing in this part shall be construed to prohibit any other existing or future law from permitting or funding the
    provision of firearms or training in the use of firearms.''.

    I read that to mean that none of THIS money can be used to provide firearms and training but does not restrict states, counties, or cities from allowing and funding providing firearms and training. Sure hope I read that right.

  • Anita David

    03/16/2018 02:29 PM

    Absolutely excellent, well-written article , pls include G+ link so we can share. First we have to ascertain if this was real shooting or a false flag, CIA, Global Elite event designed to manipulate public & push their disarmament agenda. Second, if all as indicated it is, thank God someone in Congress is writing mindfu, sensible legislation. 3rd look into how many participants in these type of events are paid for their participation. Among some of the genuine will be a huge number of people willing to sell their souls for money.

  • Allen M Swatsworth

    03/16/2018 01:51 PM

    Such a well written article sir. It sure would be nice if the schools would really teach the Constitution and what?Why the amendments were written as they were. There is a reason behind each and everyone of them and that includes the 2nd. Yes even the students right to assemble and protest is guaranteed by the 1st amendment. If these students truly are against violence why are their voices so silent when Planned Parenthood performs such horrific violence against the unborn. Oh, I forgot, they are taught that the unborn is not a human until after it leaves the birth canal. I sure would like to know how that works because that is not what I was taught so many years ago.

    Thank you so much for your articles. They bring the truth to light and into focus for me and many others.

  • Nancy LaPorte

    03/16/2018 01:26 PM

    The Stop School Violence bill is certainly a constructive step in the right direction!! In drafting future bills, I can only hope Congress will continue to use evidence based logic... rather than emotionally charged mob speak... to define desirable actions.

  • Lark Behrens

    03/16/2018 12:56 PM

    My daughters both are avid shooting enthusiasts and are teenagers. The oldest is now in college and the youngest is in High School. They both are dismayed by the way things are being portrayed by the media and the Liberal Politicians. We have had multiple discussions and my oldest especially is continuously wondering about why they don't focus on mental health as a problem instead of the gun and I agree with her wholeheartedly. I am so sick of the slant on this and the people taking advantage of these students who are so emotional about this issue. I can't even believe how many are afraid to go on the streets or be at their schools now. This I blame on the idiots in the media and their parents for being gullible and idiots as well. My children would be happy to see gun toting teachers and officers. My opinion is as you say to harden the schools and not to try to do more gun control as I agree, it will not stop the criminal and as the old saying goes "if we outlaw the guns, the only ones with guns will be the outlaws"! I find that Europe is a prime example of many of this and we have to look at them to see that gun control does not help! Are we to now outlaw cars/trucks, knives, screwdrivers, etc? Have a wonderful weekend and keep up the good work! We need a voice of reason in our midst! God Bless!

  • rodney burke

    03/16/2018 12:42 PM

    and this is the exact reason we need concealed carry. It appears that LE and FBI are too inept to protect us and we will have to do it ourselves. George Washington was right. We should have arms and sufficient ammunition to protect ourselves...from our government. FL has a huge police problem apparently and Rick Scott is not the solution.

  • Ann Smith

    03/16/2018 12:32 PM

    isn't it odd that back in the 50's we didn't have this problem? These are Serial Killers. More research into their psychology will open the floodgates. Schools can be made safer by design. The fact is, when life is cheap viz-a-viz "Abortion on Demand," how simple for a killer to
    rationalize his/her behavior. This is also directly related to parental responsibility. Columbine was an example of pampered youth which led to the situation.

  • Elaine

    03/16/2018 12:12 PM

    Thank you Governor! You always make a complicated topic easier to wrap my head around.

  • Elaine

    03/16/2018 12:12 PM

    Thank you Governor! You always make a complicated topic easier to wrap my head around.

  • Marcia S

    03/16/2018 11:57 AM

    The STOP bill is a great start!
    The hopelessly ignorant teachers and left-wing organizations, who steered students into these demonstrations, including defaming the record and efforts of the NRA against gun violence, should be consistently called out.
    And what part of the IRONY don't they understand, when all the politicians and celebrities -- who were so self-righteously grandstanding and celebrating these protests--were heavily protected, by ARMED police presence and Secret Service officers, while being surrounded by the CHILDREN who were being urged to demonstrate????

  • Carol Wilson

    03/16/2018 11:27 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, I agree with everything you wrote. My worry is how is the government going to oversee the millions of dollars allocated to states whose governors do not agree with the STOP School Violence Act (those 10 nay votes)? My worry is where will those millions actually go? The money must be monitored and true, enforceable safety protocols must be monitored, or it will end up in pet projects or the politian's pockets.

  • Robert W. Jenkins

    03/16/2018 10:53 AM

    Twenty plus years of removing prayer and teaching the moral basis presented in the Ten Commandments are also a factor. I work in a highschool as a substitute teacher and we say the Pledge of Allegiance each morning followed by a " moment of silence." Prayer and God is in effect trivialized. Many students (a majority) think of the Christian values of our Founders as superstition. Our moral code is becoming more amorphous with each generation.