by Chad D. Baus
The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that, by almost a 2-to-1 ratio, Columbus City Schools voters want an armed police officer in their school.
From the article:
A new poll by Saperstein Associates for The Dispatch shows support for gun-carrying police across geographic, racial, gender and age boundaries, regardless of whether those answering have a child in Columbus schools.
"There definitely should be armed officers in the school, and clearly with everything going on in the nation, with Sandy Hook being the biggest thing," said survey participant Gian Sposito, 24, of the West Side, referring to the Connecticut elementary school where 20 first-graders and six employees were gunned down in December.
"When I went to (Pickerington Schools), we had an armed officer in the school every single day,” said the warehouse worker. "That put everybody at ease.
"I think that every single school, from kindergarten schools through elementary school through high school and the collegiate level, there should be armed officers around the clock. That would also give young people a positive outlook on law enforcement as well."
He is among the 61 percent favoring the armed officers.
The Dispatch reports the poll was taken before a 12-year-old student opened fire on Monday, October 21 outside a Nevada middle school, killing a teacher and wounding two classmates before turning the 9 mm handgun on himself, and before charges were filed against a 14-year-old Massachusetts student in the killing of a teacher the following day.
Buckeye Firearms Foundation and Buckeye Firearms Association have a new address.
Our new address is:
495 East Mound Street, Suite 200
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Please direct all future postal correspondence to this new address.
As Buckeye Firearms Foundation and Buckeye Firearms Association continue to grow in popularity and in terms of the projects we are engaged in, we needed a location in downtown Columbus that can meet our various needs, both now and in the future. This new location solves several logistical problems and will allow us to continue to grow moving forward.
We remain an internet based organization with key people living throughout Ohio and beyond. We are able to respond much quicker via email/web communication than we are through "snail mail" sent to the above address.
There are currently no books, shirts, or other items for sale at our business location. Please continue to use the web site to purchase any Buckeye Firearms Association or other items.
One of the main issues that law abiding gun owners face every day is a threat from politicians of taking their Constitutional rights away. This becomes even easier for politicians when "the polls" support whatever "common sense" law they want to put in place.
by Jim Irvine
In her recent article, "Keep the guns out of my classroom" The (UK) Guardian's Ashley Lauren Samsa (a public school teacher from suburban Chicago) makes some good points, but she also confuses the issue with many flawed observations.
by Greg Ellifritz
On January 8, 2011 Jared Loughner shot 20 people in the parking lot of an Arizona grocery store. In law enforcement terminology, this type of crime is called an "Active Shooter" or "Active Killer" event. In this kind of incident, one or more shooters are trying to kill as many people as possible. The shooters may or may not be politically motivated. Most of these events last only a few minutes and end up with the shooter(s) dead, often committing suicide shortly after encountering any form of resistance. The most common locations where these events take place are churches, schools, the shooter’s workplace, and public shopping areas.
This isn't a new phenomenon. The readers might remember Charles Whitman and the Texas Tower incident in the 1960s. While active shooting events aren't new, there seems to be an increase in their frequency of late.
Most people don't consider how alone they really are if they get caught in the midst of one of these shootings. Statistically, most are over in less than four minutes. Unless there is already a cop at the scene, there won't be time for one to arrive. Police response has been, with a couple of exceptions, relatively inconsequential in past active shooter incidents. They arrive in time to clean up the mess.
Of the incidents that were stopped by people at the scene (as opposed to incidents where the shooter was not resisted in any way) 2/3 of the shooters were stopped by citizens, not cops. And in half of those cases the citizens were unarmed! Just like what happened in Arizona, a few citizens with incredible courage jumped on the shooter and stopped his rampage.
If you find yourself at the scene of an active shooter event, there are lots of things to consider. While this list isn't comprehensive, it does provide some food for thought.