I'm a mom of three boys, a radio host at WMLA News Talk 105.9 FM in Washington DC, and a program manager at IWF. I'm also the director of IWN. I love cooking, traveling, and spending time with my husband and kids.
Our hearts go out to the victims and families in the aftermath of the latest school shooting.
We need solutions to better protect our school children and prevent school shootings or other such incidents in the future.
Gun-free zones will only embolden gunmen to strike.
Arming staff is the best way to deter killers.
A 2019 study by the Crime Research Prevention Center found that zero people have been killed in school shootings where armed staff programs are in effect.
There are also new technologies that can help law enforcement locate the gunman in the event of a mass shooting.
Advocates of gun control frame the debate as a fight between those who want to save lives, and those who want their rights even if it means that lives are lost. But that’s not fair and it’s not accurate.
Confiscating weapons from law-abiding citizens will not make us safer.
This is especially true for survivors of domestic violence (like a mother who legally carries a gun to protect herself and her children).
Restrictions on firearms are likely to turn law-abiding citizens into instant felons for ordinary, safe behavior and be cost prohibitive for the poorest families to protect themselves.
The CDC reports 500,000 annual uses of firearms in defense of self or others.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for anyone’s choice of how to keep him/ herself and loved ones safe. Some people choose to own firearms.
We need solutions that will actually save lives.
As previously mentioned, one practical and proven way to make schools safer is arming school staffers.
School employees with the right background and training to carry a firearm should be allowed to.
Last but not least, we need more police presence in our communities and at our schools, not less.