Virginia Tech, both incidents at Fort Hood, Aurora, Colo, Sandy Hook, a military recruitment office in Chattanooga, Tenn., Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Fla.and Parkland, Fla.
What do all of those instances of seemingly random shootings have in common? They all occurred in "gun-free zones." There was no immediate recourse for those being fired upon in each of those situations, so each incident made the heinous actions of a few seem that much more plausible since no one would be firing back at them.
Enter Police Chief of the Argyle, Texas Independent School District Paul Cairney.
Cairney is saying what most people have been saying in the wake of the shooting in Parkland, Fla - something needs to be done. Cairney joined MSNBC over the weekend to talk about the different - and possibly common sense - approach to combating the issue of shootings in schools.
The chief explained that rather than giving in to the narrative that guns should be taken away from law-abiding citizens, Carney wants volunteer teachers to be trained to carry guns while in the school. Carney said the practice has been in place following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Here's the interview:
"The people in charge of the school district - the board members - just said, 'We cannot wait for something to happen," Carney said. "'We're not going to attend 20 funerals of our students if something were to happen here.'"
That's an excellent point considering that if someone is motivated enough to kill innocent people, it doesn't matter if you outlaw guns. Motivated people will find a way.
MSNBC host Aaron Gilchrist then asked Cairney a fair question about the vetting process for allowing teachers and administrators to carry guns in the Argyle school district.
Cairney said that the program to arm teachers is voluntary. No one has to participate that doesn't want to.
First, the teacher or administrator meets with the police to get a little background on the volunteer - what their motivations and experience is for handling a weapon. From there, if the school principal gives the "thumbs up" on the teacher who volunteered to carry inside the school, then the teachers goes through a psych evaluation by the police department that is "really the same psych eval that a police officer would get going into a new department." From there, it's on to a three-to-five- day "intense" training session that teaches the volunteer on how to properly use the firearm.
Gun-free zones are simply not working the way the progressives thought they would. You would just never know it speaking to an actual progressive, because they conveniently like to keep those facts out of the argument of disarming American citizens.
H/T: Daily Caller