Personally I feel safer with a private citizen in the possession of a firearm than the police.
Because the police will just start firing on innocent people if they think they have a suspect:
“The attack on the women’s pickup truck wasn’t the only mistaken police shooting that morning in Torrance. Moments later, nearby local police opened fire on a pickup truck driven by a surfer heading to the beach.”
You know one of the things I don’t like to see when people talk about gun control is how everyone always wants to throw the “mentally ill” under the bus. The argument is usually driven as “we need to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.” Unfortunately this is an extremely broad term. Who is mentally ill and who is not? Is it anyone who has seen a psychiatrist or just someone who suffers from a certain disorder? How do lawmakers categorize this?
A majority of these people who the media refers to as mentally ill have never committed any crime and they lead quiet lives and go about their day just like regular citizens do. They aren’t a danger to themselves or others. My real dad is sick and he’s never hurt anyone. I know several people with some issues and they are no more dangerous than anyone else I know. They are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and friends. They just have an extra burden to bear.
So you know personally I think we shouldn’t put everyone who has the unfortunate burden of having a “mental illness” in the same category and treat them like 2nd class citizens when the risk factor is so small. I think it is severely unjust to put all these people in one category and attach a stigma to them.
ATLANTA (AP) — A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said.
Multiple shots were fired in the courtyard of Price Middle School just south of downtown about 1:50 p.m. and the one boy was hit, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said. In the aftermath, a teacher received minor cuts, he said.
The wounded boy was taken “alert, conscious and breathing” to Grady Memorial Hospital, said police spokesman Carlos Campos. Grady Heath System Spokeswoman Denise Simpson said the teen had been discharged from the hospital Thursday night. Campos said charges against the shooter were pending.
Police swarmed the school of about 400 students after reports of the shooting while a crowd of anxious parents gathered in the streets, awaiting word on their children. Students were kept at the locked-down school for more than two hours before being dismissed.
Investigators believe the shooting was not random and that something occurred between the two students that may have led to it.
Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis said the school does have metal detectors.
“The obvious question is how did this get past a metal detector?” Davis asked about the gun. “That’s something we do not know yet.”
The armed resource officer who took the gun away was off-duty and at the school, but police didn’t release details on him or whether he is regularly at Price. Since 20 children and six adults were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December, calls for armed officers in every school have resonated across the country.
“The White House’s recent announcement they will use executive orders and executive actions to infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms is an unconstitutional and unconscionable attack on the very founding principles of this republic,” Stockman said in a statement. “I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment.”
I tell you, there’s good news all around coming from the Midwest today. Not only did Michigan make it legal to get a job without being forced by the government to join an organization you don’t want to join, but an Illinois court overturned the state’s concealed carry ban. Let freedom ring, baby.
From the Chicago Sun Times:
In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a federal appeals court in Chicago Tuesday tossed the state’s ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave Illinois’ Legislature 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry.
“The debate is over. We won. And there will be a statewide carry law in 2013,” said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association.
In a split opinion (see below), the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling in two cases downstate that upheld the state’s longstanding prohibition against carrying concealed weapons.
Illinois is the only state with an outright prohibition on concealed carry.
“We are disinclined to engage in another round of historical analysis to determine whether eighteenth-century America understood the Second Amendment to include a right to bear guns outside the home,” Judge Richard Posner wrote in the court’s majority opinion.
I’m not sure what’s in the water in the Big Ten country but I think I like it.
Crime is going to drop like crazy. As a born and raised Illinoisian (lol I don’t even know…) I am incredibly proud. I don’t know whats posessed these primarily liberal states recently! That and Obama for siding with Israel recently and taking a stand against the Syrian government…even though he stood with the union corruption so to even out the stupidity a bit. Something weird is going on here. But then again; its not so bad ;)