By Colonel Mike Angley
Every mass shooting is tragic, whether it’s in a school or some other venue such as the Las Vegas hotel massacre a few months back. Even the one-offs, the individual acts of gun violence that maim or kill single individuals are terrible. Worst of all, is when our law enforcement heroes are targeted.
But when mass killings take place in gun-free zones or in cities with the strictest gun control laws, then perhaps it’s the restrictions that are the problem, not the guns. The last four words of the 2nd Amendment are, “shall not be infringed.’ I’ve written about this recently and extensively on The Conservative Pundit (see, Shall Not Be Infringed). These words have meaning and impact.
Gun-free zones are the modern day killing fields of our society. They are the product of rights infringement and the manifestation of feel-good liberalism. A gun-free zone sign is a welcome mat for those who wish to engage in gun crimes. It doesn’t deter violence, it invites it.
You’ve heard the expression, ‘It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.’ Well, that’s because the fish are corralled in a small space without the means to shoot back. Schools are the same way. Yes, it’s just that easy.
It’s convenient to blame the National Rifle Association (NRA) because it promotes gun rights, the anathema of the left. NRA President Wayne LaPierre has vociferously defended his organization from the constant and predictable onslaught of criticism that follows every act of gun violence.
He did so recently following the tragic school shooting in Florida: NRA chief accuses Democrats of pushing ‘socialist’ agenda in wake of Florida shooting.
I applaud him for his steadfast defense of the Second Amendment and our natural rights. But what is the real agenda of the left? It’s never been about gun control (that’s the ‘safe’ claim they make).
It’s always been, and always will be, about gun confiscation.
There have been recent calls for a repeal of the Second Amendment as a bolder way of advancing this real agenda. What the left has been incapable of eroding via legislation and court precedent, it seeks now to nuke with a full repeal. A clean kill, if you would (sick but apt pun intended). But that’s why we have the 2nd Amendment in the first place, right? To prevent such schemes.
My response: now is not the time to be cowered into more concessions, restrictions, infringements, or repeal of the 2nd Amendment. Now is precisely the time to unleash its full potential, to remove all forms of control that prevent law-abiding citizens from enjoying the rights God has granted us.
Of course, we still need to keep convicted felons and those with serious mental health issues away from firearms. I challenge lawmakers to tackle the real problems we face: issues in the background check system, the abundance of anti-anxiety drugs that seem to be a feature in many shootings, and mental health concerns that fail to stop the wrong people from accessing weapons.
These will be tough to solve, but we must ensure vigilance and that every solution has a due process mechanism to keep activist jurisdictions from depriving law-abiding citizens of their rights. I particularly don’t trust the medical/mental health community that has degenerated to radical left-wing gun-hating in the last few decades.
In the meantime, here’s what’s needed:
- End the gun-free zone status of our public schools and allow any law-abiding citizen to carry firearms there either openly or concealed
- Arm teachers and staff and train them in firearms proficiency
- Invite veterans and former law enforcement officers to perform school security duties either as paid staff or volunteers
- Place signs on campus announcing it’s a gun-friendly zone
- End all other forms of gun-free zones that we find everywhere these days
- Finally pass the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill that’s stuck on Sen Mitch McConnell’s desk and STOP punishing law-abiders who cross state lines
- When you encourage vigilance with slogans like, ‘If you see something, say something,’ then for God’s sake, DO something. The FBI’s ball-dropping in Florida is unconscionable and further loss of its once-cherished respected status.
Ann Coulter, as irreverent as she can be, analyzed several recent mass shootings and made a compelling case for tougher immigration enforcement, Amazing New Breakthrough to Reduce Mass Shootings. Love her or hate her, she makes some good points.
- Tackling the Rising Crime Surge in the county
- Targeting Criminal Gangs and other forms of Organized Crime
- Embracing President Trump’s enforcement programs targeting Criminal Illegal Immigration
- Public Corruption
We must attack the actual problems we have and get the guns out of the wrong hands. Rolling back our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms isn’t the solution. Rather, unleashing this natural right, getting out of its way, and allowing law-abiding citizens to exercise it freely is the real answer.
Colonel Michael (“Mike”) Angley is retired from the United States Air Force, a published thriller author, and a conservative writer who fashions himself as Attila the Hun with a laptop. Mike wrote for Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government and Big Peace blogs before the Breitbart consolidation, receiving superb feedback and kudos for typically weaving in pop culture references with his far right perspectives. He enjoys writing about military affairs, national security issues, and politics and is an avid Second Amendment advocate. When he’s not writing, he’s busy annoying liberals with FaceBook posts and Twitter tweets that point out the obvious flaws and fallacies of the left.
During his 26-year USAF career, the Colonel was a Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (OSI). The OSI is a sister agency to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and has an identical mission that includes felony-level criminal, fraud, and narcotics investigations as well as counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations. His USAF experiences spanned multiple regions around the globe with five command assignments and duties at foreign, regional, theater and national levels.
He is a seasoned counterintelligence and counterespionage officer from the Cold War era, and if you ask him he’ll tell you the spy-vs-spy days were indeed the heady, glory era of espionage. During the latter half of his career he focused on counterterrorism missions in the Middle East and the Far East and operationalized many of today’s concepts for this unique arena while working the sand dunes of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and a few other “choice” locations. When Colonel Angley retired in 2007, he was a Senior Supervisory Special Agent and was in command of all worldwide OSI matters at Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, CO.
Mike Angley is also a published, award-winning author of three thriller novels in the “Child Finder” trilogy. His debut novel, “Child Finder,” received a glowing review from the Library Journal which placed it on its Summer Reading list in 2009. “Child Finder” and its companion sequel novels all won various awards from the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) and the Public Safety Writers Association. In 2012, Mike was named MWSA’s “Author of the Year,” largely for work on his third novel, “Child Finder: Revelation.”
As an avid user of social media, Mike can be found and friended on Facebook (mike.angley) and followed on Twitter (@MikeAngley). His website is www.mikeangley.com. Following his USAF retirement, Mike and his family stayed in Colorado Springs, CO where they enjoy daily, majestic views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains.