By Margaret Dayton
Utah State Senator, District 15
Some thoughts on guns: I am a supportive member of the NRA (National Rifle Association). I appreciate all of the good that David Keene, Cam Edwards, Wayne LaPierre and the gang do to promote the significance of the Second Amendment. I believe my record shows me to be a strong proponent of the natural human right to self defense. However, I have to take exception with Mr. LaPierre’s suggestion that the way to stop violence in schools is to put a member of law enforcement in each school.
Why would we want another layer of government in the schools?
Having several self-selected armed teachers, administrators, and other school personnel makes more sense. Maniacs and criminals would not know who is, or is not, prepared to defend themselves and their students.
Making that information public makes no sense. Nor does publishing lists of gun owners or lists of permit holders make any sense. Postings of Gun-free Zones are advertisements to crazies that they are free to inflict damage without being confronted by someone prepared to stop them.
Being prepared for the unexpected is common sense. That, of course, is why dignitaries and high profile members of society have security.
I started this new year with some serious target practice at the home of my cousin in his indoor range (undisclosed location). I was breaking no laws in doing so – - – but I was coming close to breaking a commandment! There is a commandment about not coveting – - – and I was coming close by being jealous of that private range.
One of my constituents sent me this link: http://www.assaultweapon.info/
I thought the information was valuable & wanted to share.