A gun-rights group is calling on Congress to deny funds for prosecution of violators of a federal ban on guns in school zones, saying teachers carrying weapons could prevent a terrorist attack like the one at a Russian school from occurring in the U.S.
Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, told members of Congress in a letter that “teachers in this country are just as disarmed as the defenseless teachers in Russia,” where Islamic terrorists killed hundred of innocent civilians whom they held in a school gymnasium in the town of Beslan.
Wrote Pratt: “It should be noted that ALL the school shootings that have been prematurely cut short here were ended because a responsible adult had a firearm at the school. Assistant Principal Joel Myrick of Pearl, Miss., is a notable example – he used a firearm in 1997 to stop Luke Woodham’s shooting spree.
“It would be a travesty if the Gun Free School Zones Act was used to prosecute an American hero such as Joel Myrick. Please deny funding for any prosecutions that could arise under this gun ban, except for the situation where a person has the intent to criminally injure another person. Putting such language into an appropriations bill could accomplish this.
“We are in a war without boundaries. Please act now.”
Pratt noted Israel relies on armed school staff and parents to protect its children, and the U.S. should do no less.
“To leave schools legally disarmed at the national level can only put the blood of future victims on your hands,” Pratt wrote.