Friday, December 17, 2010

School Board Shooting in Panama City, Florida, Reminds Us of the Need to Arm the Law-Abiding Citizenry

December 15th, 2010

For the last two days, CBS Evening News - and every other news outlet - has been reporting of yesterday’s tragic story of the crazed creep that attacked the School Board meeting of the Bay District Schools in Panama City, Florida. Apparently the man had set out to avenge the firing of his wife who had been a teacher in the district until her termination. After taking the male members of the school board hostage during the course of the meeting, it appeared that he intended to kill those board members. Subsequent to the attacker’s shooting at members of the Board, the school district’s head of security appeared in the room and shot the crazed gunman. The gunman then shot himself in the head and died – or so it was reported.

This tragic story, nevertheless, again reminds us of the need to arm our citizenry. It is surely doubtful that this (or any other) crazed creep with a gun would set out to attack law-abiding citizens if the creep believed those he planned to attack were armed with defensive weapons to protect themselves against such an attack. In other words, if the gunman thought everyone in the room might have a gun, it is unlikely that he would have brandished a gun to terrorize, intimidate, or kill innocent citizens. As we all know, criminals with the desire will always be able to obtain deadly weapons. The question remains, however, will our governments allow the law-abiding citizens their Constitutional Right to arms to defend themselves against such violent creeps?

Adam Trotter / AVT