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Legislature wrong to have defeated bill allowing teachers to carry guns
Apr 26, 2013 - Rusty M. Saltsgaver, Riverton
Targets on their backs. That's what every parent having children in a Wyoming school needs to now understand.
With the recent Wyoming Legislature's decision to reject bills 103 and 105, which would have made it possible for concealed weapons carry in schools by trained and competent teachers/individuals, the legislators have in fact conveyed to would-be mass murderers that "Wyoming schools are gun-free zones."
If you think this isn't an invitation for every nut job to walk into our Wyoming school and start shooting, think again.
Don't take my word for it, go do the research and you'll find areas that declare themselves as gun-free zones should actually be listed has gun-free killing zones.
Sandy Hook elementary school, 20 children dead, six adults dead, considered a gun-free zone.
Aurora, Colo., movie theater, 12 dead, 58 injured, considered a gun-free zone.
Norway Island the shooting, 77 dead, considered a gun-free zone.
I'm no rocket scientist, but I'm starting to see a pattern here.
I had a conversation right after the Wyoming Legislature chose to kill Bill 105 with a friend of mine. He said that he wasn't sure about teachers carrying in school even if he or she had the necessary training. He said, "what if the teacher goes crazy and start shooting kids?" I pointed out to him that if the teachers in one of our schools decides to conceal again and bring it into the school and start shooting kids no law on the books is going to keep this from happening. But by having several trained and competent teachers and schools carrying concealed weapons, the students might stand a chance if some deranged individual decides to go on a killing spree.
So parents, every morning when you kiss your children and send them to their gun-free zone, just pray that some lunatic is not heading for that same gun-free zone only he is carrying and has evil in his heart and mind. So if anything happens, God forbid, like happened at Sandy Hook Elementary, you can text all the Wyoming legislators who voted this bill down.