Oh No! Missouri Permits Guns in School!

Guns in school? Didn’t Sandy Hook show us what happens when we don’t have guns readily available to teachers in our schools?


Sadly, I couldn’t get the Huffington Post video to embed, because it exemplified stupid Liberal “wisdom” about guns. Their “expert” actually thought the horrifying killing of John Crawford in a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio, was a reason why open carry laws are bad. No, genius, a culture without open carry is one given over to paranoia and the assumption that anyone carrying a weapon constitutes a dangerous threat.

The Missouri legislature triumphed over Governor Jay Nixon’s veto to bring state laws closer to the actual content of the Second Amendment.

Missouri lawmakers expanded the potential for teachers to bring guns to schools and for residents to openly carry firearms, in a vote Thursday that capped a two-year effort by the Republican-led Legislature to expand gun rights over the objection of the Democratic governor.

The new law will allow specially trained school employees to carry concealed guns on campuses. It also allows anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry guns openly, even in cities or towns with bans against the open carrying of firearms. The age to obtain a concealed weapons permit also will drop from 21 to 19.

A more far-reaching measure that sought to nullify federal gun control laws had died in the final hours of the legislative session in May. Gov. Jay Nixon had vetoed a similar bill last year that could have subjected federal officers to state criminal charges and lawsuits for attempting to enforce federal gun control laws.

The new regulations, which this time garnered the two-thirds majority needed to override Nixon’s veto, take effect in about a month.

Missouri school boards already have the power to allow employees with concealed gun permits to carry weapons on their campuses. The new law requires the state Department of Public Safety to establish training guidelines for schools wanting to designate a teacher or administrator as a “school protection officer” authorized to carry a concealed gun or self-defense spray.

Notice that this law is actually a compromise. The more radical nullification law (which I would have loved to pass, but not enough people agree with me yet) was vetoed and the legislature could not override Governor Nixon’s action.

So instead we have a more moderate bill that one could argue is even intrusive in imposing training requirements on teachers in some circumstances. But do the media treat it like a moderate compromise bill? No, this is Republican pro-gun radicalism. The fact that Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that could easily save the lives of school children is treated as the moderate, commonsense position.

Anti-gun zealotry is always the norm by which all laws are measured.