There is a bill before the Florida Legislature that would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry on campus. This bill will probably be one of the most debated policies considered this year. If you can’t tell from the title of this article, I am pro-campus carry. There are a few facts that I feel should be the center of this debate.
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If a victim possesses a concealed weapon their ‘response time’ beats that of law enforcement by 5-15 minutes, and it is those first crucial minutes that save the lives of many other victims.
Law enforcement response times can be fast but there is no response time as fast as someone already on the premises. This person also has a much better understanding of who the criminal and victims are and is less likely to injure someone not involved in committing the crime.
Gun free zones promote gun violence, not gun safety. With just one exception, every multiple-victim public shooting in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed since at least 1950 has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry their own firearms. In the recent shooting at an FSU library there was a victim that possessed their concealed carry permit, but was unarmed because he was in a gun free zone. If he had broken the law (by carrying his gun), he would have been able to stop the threat significantly faster than law enforcement. FSU is an excellent case of fast response from law enforcement, but it was only so because law enforcement was in the area and had just trained for this scenario. Thank heavens law enforcement was prepared for that situation and already in the area, but that is an outlier and is not always the case.
I’m pulling the woman card for my last point. Guns protect women. It’s a dangerous world out there for college age females. It is important for us to be prepared for a worst case scenario, but it is also important for our lawmakers to allow women to protect themselves, especially at a time in their life and a place in the community that women are likely to need it. Passing a bill like HB 4005 is a step in the right direction for making Florida safer for young women. Thank you, Rep. Steube and Sen. Evers, for sponsoring this good bill.
Marie Harf is the deputy spokesperson for the US Department of State and a former spokesperson for the Central Intelligence Agency.
In case you were unaware she was recently discussing ISIS on Hardball with Chris Matthews and stated:
“We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs, whether…”
Now, I’m not sure about you but I don’t see blowing myself up as a real life solution to my unemployment (I’m currently employed though, so maybe I’m out of touch).
The internet pretty much died when she spewed such hilarious nonsense. Republicans had a blast when she went to Twitter defending her statements, and the Democrats had a cow when she said she got her idea from George Bush (which is exactly the foreign policy President Obama wanted to stay away from).
There were some on social media who applied Ms. Harf’s suggestion and came up with some job ideas for terrorists. (highspeed window-washer?)
In all seriousness, with all… er, most, of my sarcasm aside, it scares the bejeezus out of me that a state department official stated jobs are the answer to ISIS. Not just because she cares more about terrorists finding jobs than our own college kids, but because it proves the department is completely out of touch and unaware of the entire problem.
People don’t join the ‘religion of peace’ because they don’t have a job. They are raised in Muslim culture, and at some point join a cult that takes their beliefs too far. These extremists believe in killing anyone who disagrees with Allah. They hate us, not because of our success and thriving economy but because we are a nation that practices Judeo-Christian principles – liberty, freedom, rights for women, debate amongst individuals without oppression of either person or party, and power that doesn’t resonate from a single leader, but from an empowered people. That is why they hate us.
Ms. Harf and the Democrats in DC want to give our enemies jobs, and keep aid from our allies.
In the face of our ISIS crisis the President thinks we should cut spending on defense and spend more on educating kids in the 13th grade.
The Democrats tax our law-abiding workers and businesses, and promote welfare for “undocumented immigrants.”
This party demands parental consent for minors to get in a tanning bed, but thinks it’s best for school officials not to notify a parent if they dispense birth control or help students get an abortion.
Bureaucrats provide healthcare to all on the dime of a few and give people money on credit hoping my generation will produce enough to foot the bill.
Ms. Harf, with all respect due to your title, jobs are not a solution to our ISIS problem.
Changing the way Washington does business is the start of a fix to our ISIS problem (and all of the others too).
But thanks for your comments, they really made my day.