AUSTIN, TEXAS — In the aftermath of the Santa Fe High School shootings, while other educators clamored for “gun free zones” and more intuitive psychotherapy, one Texas superintendant took the bull by the horns, bought an arsenal, and installed a surveillance system.
“How do you keep the bad guys from getting guns? They’re out there. They just are. Whether people like it or not, that’s just how it is,” Texas City Supe. Rodney Cavness told Texas Observer.
Problematically for that argument, however, is that the morning of the shooting, a full-scale federal-state-local joint training op for an active shooter was actually underway at Santa Fe High School — when local news outlets report the training exercise went live.
“We talk about securing buildings from outside, and that’s important. Let me ask you, when’s the last time we’ve had an unknown armed intruder in a school?” former Secret Service Agent Mike Matranga — the school’s security chief — said at a recent Texas Senate hearing on school safety.
“Well, the wolf is in the henhouse. We’ve got to identify the wolf.” Identifying the wolf is hardly a help to frantic students dodging bullets though, say critics of Cavness’ plan.
Some critics suggest that putting down the shooter, not checking his biometric profile or skin color density is arguably where school security responses should focus, reports the left-leaning Texas Observer.
Cavness is promoting a Texas-sized solution to school violence, and it’s now being held up by state lawmakers as the “model” for schools everywhere.
Privacy and civil liberties concerns are being raised by parents and other members of community about chipping and tracking the students’ whereabouts at all times, as a way to keep them from being less dead next time an active shooter sprints through school halls with an AR-15.
“The 9,000-student district has already spent more than $5 million on a facial recognition camera surveillance system; AR-15s; real-time student tracking devices; eight additional Galveston County sheriff’s deputies (for a total of 19), who work as school liaison officers; and state-of-the art hardware to secure entryways and automatically lock classroom doors,” Texas Observer reports.
Though he stressed a “moral and ethical obligation” to buy 22 AR-15 rifles, school police officers can only access them in the event of a shooting.
New Zealand, unlike the State of Texas or Texas City, is going a different direction — tighening its already tighter-than-tight gun control laws into the realm of the previously comedic.
Moreover, social media is responding by censoring any discourse or commenting that falls out of step with liberal gun control orthodoxy, much of which is factually flawed. In the wake of the mosque shooting, Facebook instituted a ban on circulation of the shooting video, which was originally livestreamed through its platform.
“Even though Facebook deleted 1.5 million of the first-person videos inside of 24 hours and Google’s YouTube boasted of “unprecedented“ scale and speed in erasing the videos (one per second!) and temporarily disabling search functions, neither service could keep up with the uploaders. Some users subtly altered the videos to slip under automated screening processes,” reported Politico, on Mar. 20, 2019.
Homeschooling is also on the rise, due to shootings, cyberbullying and the Orwellian “security” systems proposed in the wake of shootings like Texas City.
Texas Gun Rights Endorses Anti-Lockdown Hero Shelley Luther
Luther is running for the Texas Senate.
Earlier this month, pro-Second Amendment organization Texas Gun Rights PAC endorsed Shelley Luther in her run for Texas State Senate.
Luther gained national attention for her refusal to close down her salon in Dallas, Texas, which was in violation of Dallas, County’s lockdown order. She would end up in jail for violating the order but would later be set free after Texas Governor Greg Abbott took action to release her.
Chris McNutt, the Director of Texas Gun Rights PAC, issued a statement on Texas Gun Rights PAC’s endorsement of Luther:
It is clear Shelley Luther is the strongest pro-gun candidate running to fill the Senate District 30 seat being vacated by Pat Fallon. Texas Gun Rights PAC is proud to endorse Shelley Luther for Senate in the September 29th Special Election.
“Even before Shelley decided to run for office, she proved she had the courage to stand up and fight against an overreaching government without backing down,” McNutt added. “So it’s no surprise Shelley Luther was also the first candidate in the Senate District 30 race to take a bold, pro-gun stance.”
Constitutional Carry is one of Luther’s legislative priorities for the 2021 legislative session. This issue has been a priority for the Texas Republican Party during the last 6 years. Drew Springer, Luther’s opponent in the Senate election, never supported Constitutional Carry.
Passing Constitutional Carry legislation is part of Luther’s campaign platform and has been a top priority of the Republican Party of Texas for the past 6 years. Her opponent, State Representative Drew Springer, has never backed Constitutional Carry since he came into office back in 2012.
“State Representative Drew Springer claims to be ‘pro-gun,’ and yet he repeatedly refused to co-author Constitutional Carry every year that it was introduced,” commented McNutt. “Pro-gun Texans in Senate District 30 need a leader who is willing to fight for the Second Amendment like Shelley Luther, not another political backbencher looking for a job promotion.”
Should Constitutional Carry be passed, Texas would be the 16th state with this law.
Thanks to the political establishment’s constant legislative roadblocking, Constitutional Carry has had a considerable amount of trouble in being passed in the Lone Star State.
With politicians like Luther potentially in the mix, Constitutional Carry has a stronger chance of being passed. America First patriots living in Texas Senate District 30 should resoundingly vote for Luther due to her firm commitment to limited government.
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