GCO Statement on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT

We at GeorgiaCarry.org, like other parents, grandparents, neighbors, and citizens, are absolutely horrified by the senseless killings of innocent children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut this past week.  The families and loved ones of those involved need their communities’ and their nation’s support and prayers during these difficult days ahead.

We, as a nation, are right, in the comings weeks, to have a discussion regarding how to prevent such violence in the future.  Unfortunately, the perpetrator of this evil act did not respect the lives of others.  The list of laws, including gun laws, that he broke is lengthy.  A person prepared to slaughter innocent children and take his own life is not deterred by laws.  We believe, as we always have, that an armed citizenry is the best omni-present defense against such acts.  Citizens, including teachers and school administrators, should have an opportunity to defend themselves and the children in their care against attacks such as these.

The reality in this present world is that evil exists.  Law-abiding men and women of good will and courage, as a free people, deserve the right to protect their own lives and the lives around them.  As the coming political discussion develops, we will argue with logic, facts, and reason, to make that right become a more full reality.

Kelly Kennett
GCO President
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7 Responses to “GCO Statement on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT”

  1. mrdrhumphreys Says:

    Many of the coming discussions and debates will provide a platform for the uneducated that will misquote, misuse, and misrepresent the truth about the second amendment, firearms and firearm owners. We all need to keep in mind that debating gun control in an effort to prevent future tragedies is an effort to treat the symptom, not the disease. The disease that is common in all mass shootings is mental illness. The debate needs to be on recognizing, treating, and preventing, when possible, mental illness.

    We have come a long way in this country relative to open and honest discussions about mental illness but we still have a long way to go. As long as there is a negative stigma associated with mental illness people will ignore, rationalize and hide those who are exhibiting signs rather than helping them get well.

    Now, let me make this clear, when I mention mental illness, I am NOT speaking of disorders within the Autism spectrum. There is no connection to the spectrum of Autism disorders and violence of this nature.

    Finally, we all need to be responsible firearms owners. I have not heard where or how the weapons that were used were stored or secured, however, had they been locked in a safe, with only the legal and responsible owner(s) having access, we may very well not be mourning 26 innocent souls. I am not in favor of more laws but I am in favor of more common sense. The constitution guarantees an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, but with that right comes responsibility regardless of written law. Let us all be responsible firearms owners and properly secure our firearms when not in use or on our person so that this never happens again and we can continue to exercise the rights granted us by the second amendment with clear conscience.

  2. Larry Says:

    Mr. Humphreys has some good points. A safe is a viable and sound option to proper parenting, good citizenship, and the care of the mentally disturbed. After all, we are promised that the state has all the answers when it comes to the rearing of our children and we face the threat of incarceration at the slightest tap on the rear to correct a behavioral issue.

    But my view runs counter to that. In the real America, that America that we all grew up in, My grandfather, my father and uncles, and I, kept our weapons in glass door cabinets, hanging on wall racks, standing in corners, and never once had an accident or homicide. Wonder why that is? perhaps it was because we were told never to touch the guns unless the adults were around. That telling of course was backed up by the sure and certain promise of a thrashing should we ever violate that edict.

    As a matter of fact, I remember having my guns at school on various occasions. No one died from that. No one went apoplectic with panic from the presence of a tube designed to dispense projectiles at a high rate of speed. We have been made to learn that guns are nasty, evil, things which cause violence, where they should be viewed simply as effective tools for the gathering of food, for the protection of the home, for the securing of freedom.

    I would argue, that it is simply the monumental increase in law and regulation of firearms that is the single most contributing impetus for the senseless violence of the day. Aurora, columbine, sandy hook, the litany goes on and on. And don’t think we have seen the last or the worst of it. The increase in gun violence is directly proportional to the increase in ‘gun laws’, and the tighter the retrictions, the worse it will get, because they increase the odds in favor of the criminal and criminally insane accomplishing what they desire.

    I do not encourage locking your weapons in a safe. I support you in doing so, especially in today’s world, but unlike so many, so-called, free men and supporters of freedom, I would not shame you into feeling as if it were a moral imperative. Instead, we need fewer laws. Fewer laws, armed authority, armed citizenry, better parenting, and the ability to resist evil, without having to fumble for a key or combination in the face of a crisis when one’s family is threatened.

    I am ostracized elsewhere so feel free to start flaming me here. I am used to it, but it won’t change my opinion.

  3. Patrick_Henry Says:

    No Larry, you are spot on here. What people need to realize is that gun free zones are actually guaranteed victim zones. This may very well have turned out very differently had someone in the principals office been armed since that’s where the shooter started at.

  4. Larry Says:

    Oh and further, I could not disagree more vehemently, that with the right to gun ownership comes a greater degree of responsibility. I am responsible for providing a safe place to store all my tools… It is the insipid argument of the left that wants to hold you responsible for what the evil and insane do…and that is evil as well.

    Your responsibility for any tool you own is to keep it clean and in good working order. Like you should not use a circular saw to drive a nail, you should not use a firearm to settle an argument with a neighbor.

    My firearms are secure within my home. It is the responsibility of every other citizen to respect my privacy, and my property and not violate my domain. Just as I respect theirs. Should one of mine be stolen, and put to some vile use, I bear no responsibility for that. The thief bears responsibility for violating my home and he bears responsibility for its use after that.

    The gun owner’s conscience need not fall prey to that liberal foil that since you acquired it legally you should take extra steps to insure it is not misused by someone who wishes to acquire it illegally. This last shooter’s mom was not responsible for what that animal did…He bears that alone. Him and his accomplice, the government, that set up reserves for the likes of this scum to execute this evil…You want to keep kids safe? You educate them on reality and you protect them when they are entrusted to your care. BY WHATEVER MEANS WORKS!

    Taking guns out of the hands of good guys by decree or by shame, just guarantees more of this. Protect our precious children like you protect the gold at Fort Knox, or the government officials of our country. They are more valuable than Gold and more worthy of protection than any politician.

  5. BlessedToBeFree Says:

    Guys, you make me proud to be a part of Georgia Carry.
    In today’s America personal responsibility is becoming a fading memory. The golden rule has been shelved “for the greater good”. Respect for others property, privacy and constitutional rights are rapidly being overrun and trampled. The days when we were being raised where individuals were taught there are consequences for their actions are being replaced with the points Larry makes.
    Young people today are not taught the meaning of freedom and liberty or the cost of it. The government only seeks to control the law abiding citizen as there is no control over the criminal element that refuses to obey law. The more the government seeks to “protect” the citizen with stricter law or regulation the less freedom and liberty we have and the more freedom the criminal element has.
    I am not so sure mental “illness” is really the problem as much as mental “foundation” is. What has foundationally changed in this country since the days we were raised in the 50’s and 60’s? Evil has always existed in our world but was opposed by good and kept as a smaller part of our society. Today, evil is present and accepted in every facet of our lives. Music, movies, television (well now its cable and streaming video), availability of information via the web; look how times have changed. We are a long way from shows like “The Wonderful World of Disney”, ”Father Knows Best”, ”The Andy Griffith Show”.
    There is something to be said for the phrases “you’ve got to put the good stuff in to get the good stuff out” and “garbage in, garbage out”. “We are what we eat” works with our bodies the same as what we consume with our minds influences our actions.
    The question is; how do we realistically change the tide? How do we educate the people, the young who will one day lead this country? How do we effectively get our message out to as many people as the mass media of the left? I believe the number of people willing to give as much as the country’s founders gave for the cause of freedom and liberty is few.

  6. stabby Says:

    I just received this email a few minutes ago! I believe it says it all.

    COLUMBINE STUDENT’S FATHER 12 YEARS LATER !!

    Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in Littleton , Colorado , was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

    They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness.. The following is a portion of the transcript:

    “Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

    “The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.

    “In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent

    I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

    Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
    Your words are empty air.
    You’ve stripped away our heritage,
    You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
    Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
    And precious children die.
    You seek for answers everywhere,
    And ask the question “Why?”
    You regulate restrictive laws,
    Through legislative creed.
    And yet you fail to understand,
    That God is what we need!

    “Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

    “As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!
    My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!”
    – Darrell Scott

    Do what the media did not – – let the nation hear this man’s speech. Please send this out to everyone you can.
    God Bless

  7. mrdrhumphreys Says:

    Larry,

    I too grew up in an era where a glass cabinet was sufficient, but that era is gone, not due to the good people in the world but those who did not benefit from a sound upbringing. The fact of the times are that there are people that want to do ill to others and rather than talk about the real issues the left always wants to focus on gun control. Part of protecting our 2A rights is to take measures to ensure we, the good guys, do not give the left ammunition with which to attack our rights.

    I would challenge your ascertain that firearm ownership does not bring with it a higher degree of responsibility. There is no station in life where this does not apply. If you drive a car you have a higher degree of responsibility to drink responsibly, if you the CEO of a public company you are a higher degree of responsibility to conduct ethical business. My point is that as firearm owners the more we practice this level of responsibility the less ammunition the left will have to attack the 2A. We all can choose how to store our firearms under existing laws, I simply choose and support storing them in a fashion that will not result in giving the left something to use against us.

    I also want to be clear on this. I am not saying firearms should only be in a safe. I carry everywhere it is legal and have a firearm at the ready when I am home. However, when I leave the firearms are locked up except for the one on my ankle and the one on my waistband. I agree we need to be ready to defend our homes but if we leaves our firearms unsecured while we are away we run the risk of returning to an intruder armed with our own weapon. I prefer being the only one armed if I must face an intruder in my home.

    Blessedtobefree,

    Mental illness is separate from a good metal foundation. Even Beaver Cleaver could have fallen victim to mental illness. While I would like to see many things in our society improve to lessen the load on our youth, we still need a paradigm shift in how we view, talk about, accept, and treat mental illness. It is not the only answer but a critical part.

    Lastly, I offer this, rather than retreat to stances of what was or what is legal, or defending our right, at least in this state, to keep our arms in any manner we see fit, imagine what the left would say if we all united in an effort to safely keep and bear arms. I would offer, as the forum creators at USCARRY.ORG and TheTruthAboutGuns.org have, that there are only two safe places for your firearm, on your person or in a safe. If we all practiced that, how could the left possibly argue law abiding citizen firearm owners are a threat to the public well being?

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