Remember when Rep. Larry Pittman called for more guns to be in our schools and for arming teachers?
From an email he sent to all NCGA members on April 16th:
“We need to allow teachers, other school personnel and other citizens, who are willing, to be screened and to receive tactical training and bring their weapons to school, in cooperation with local law enforcement who would need to be informed as to who is doing this. We should give them a fighting chance. Otherwise, when they die, and children die whom they could have defended, their blood will be on our hands. I cannot accept that. I hope you will think this through and find that you cannot accept it, either.”
“Blood on our hands.” That’s what he said.
“Blood on our hands.”
Ironic that a pastor/extreme guns’ rights activist asked for people to be screened but still be against gun control laws that call for “screening” of potential gun buyers.
Pittman goes further and says,
“What we must not do is to allow ourselves to be misguided by emotionalism to enact further gun control laws that violate the Second Amendment and the rights of honest citizens. Such new gun control laws will not solve the problem. They will only leave good people defenseless, when the best way to stop an evil person with a gun is a good person with a gun. We will help nothing by violating the rights of 18-20 year old citizens or discriminating against a certain set of long guns simply on the basis of their cosmetic appearance.”
“Emotionalism?” Remember this?
That was in reference to a Facebook comment on another user’s post. Pittman and his apparent “emotionalism” speculated the Florida shooter was part of a conspiracy to “push for gun control so they can more easily take over the country” (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article200294174.html).
The original picture was not correct in the first place. Let it not be lost that Pittman is an ordained Presbyterian minister.
So, what would Rep. Pittman say about the recent debate over a Texas gun-rights group fighting to make 3-D printable gun plans available for anyone to make a firearm with that has no serial number and cannot be traced in the comfort of home with material that is becoming easier to use and manipulate?
Yes, right now it takes fairly expensive equipment to print one of these “ghost-guns,” but technology progresses at a rapid pace, just ask public school teachers who deal with technological anachronisms on a daily basis.
But untraceable and undetectable and can be made secretly?
Pittman might say that that would be even more of a reason to arm teachers. But that reasoning is saying that we need more guns in schools to combat the fact that anyone now can make a gun that is now almost impossible to trace or detect in a school – or other government building.
Or Pittman could just put forth a bill that would place a high functioning 3D printer in each school so that teachers can make their own weapons, but that would totally go against one of his long-held beliefs as a lawmaker: actually giving public schools ample funding.