Incoming State Rep. Liz Pike (R-Camas) is making headlines this weekend for announcing that she will introduce legislation making it legal for teachers and school administrators to carry firearms at school.
Pike is not alone. According to King 5 News, the freshman legislator says several other lawmakers are working on similar proposals, and down in Alabama, State Rep. Kerry Rich (R-Albertville) is proposing the same plan for his state.
Such proposals are in reaction to the Dec. 14 attack at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary, where a lone killer murdered 20 students and six adults including the principal and school psychologist. It is a strategy they are already discussing at the WaGuns forum, and at the far end of the spectrum from House Bill 1012, announced by State Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-23rd District) that would run counter to almost 100 years of state court precedent by requiring victims of criminal attack to retreat before using deadly force in self-defense.
Pike told KGW and KATU — stories picked up respectively by their Seattle affiliates, KING and KOMO — that guns would remain concealed on a person’s body and not hidden in a purse or desk. Still, critics are afraid that a rambunctious student could disarm the teacher and a tragedy would follow.
Meanwhile, Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-Colorado) is pushing a federal ban on magazines and other devices that hold more than ten cartridges, while exempting law enforcement from the ban. The Seattle P-I’s liberal columnist Joel Connelly writes about the proposal here, and in the process demonstrates that he needs a lesson about firearms, standard-capacity magazines and brand names.
Such exemptions have never been acceptable to the firearms community, which correctly notes that police are civilian law enforcement, not members of the military or para-military forces.
While Pike pushes her legislation, Washington Ceasefire is planning a Jan. 13 “March Against Gun Violence” in downtown Seattle. The very term “gun violence” is something of a red flag, as this column discussed on June 12. What makes it different from knife-violence or baseball bat violence?
As Howard Nemerov notes, “’Gun violence’ is a crafted phrase to induce people into associating guns with violence.”
This column reported Friday that firearms can be used for very good things, too, including raising funds for The Children’s Home in Florida.
Pike’s proposal will raise eyebrows and probably blood pressure among the Legislature’s liberal contingent. Whether it gains traction remains to be seen, but just about everything else has been tried to prevent campus carnage. Gun advocates contend that it is time to try a different strategy.
As gun prohibitionists have repeatedly said, to promote their agenda, if it saves just one life, it’s worth trying.
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