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Sat Mar 3, 2018, 12:52 PM

Gov. Colyer open to arming teachers; Kansas earns F grade on gun safety

I remember it well, a reputation for an easy going lifestyle...a great place to raise a family
and plentiful jobs within the aerospace industry's here. The "air capital of the world".
Wonder now, with 8 years of the brownback 'experiment' and with the kobach loon seeking
the governship, what people outside the state think? Would the children be safe? With such
slack gun laws, why take the chance?

Gov. Jeff Colyer’s recommendation to allow school teachers to carry firearms in schools coincided Friday with issuance of a national report awarding Kansas a failing grade for laws on gun safety.

Colyer, a Johnson County surgeon who assumed the governorship in January, said establishment of an initiative placing guns in the hands of qualified teachers was a viable option in the wake of mass shootings at schools.

“That is one thing people can do,” the Republican governor said. “There are a lot of things we can do to improve this, whether it is improving security at the schools (or) the architecture.”

Colyer said the state’s delivery of mental health services ought to be a significant part of solutions for student safety.

The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, of Washington, D.C., gave Kansas an “F” on its Annual Gun Law Scorecard, which assesses each state on the strength of its gun laws.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat and school teacher for 43 years, said Kansas school districts ought to invest in fortifying buildings to deny access to intruders. He said handing firearms to teachers throughout the education system would be unwise.

“Schools are gun-free zones, and we don’t want to turn them into war zones,” Hensley said.

House Minority Leader Jim Ward, D-Wichita, said expecting teachers to perform duties of a law enforcement officer during an emergency could put more people in danger.

“The truth of the matter is well-trained, experienced sharpshooters make mistakes in high-stress, active-shooter situations. To expect people who have been trained to educate children to be able to also step into a role as some sort of cop is unrealistic and is wrong,” Ward said.

The Giffords Law Center’s grade for Kansas reflected the state’s implementation of a law allowing concealed carry of handguns inside university buildings and the passage of a law eliminating training, background check and permit requirements for a person to carry concealed in the state.

In terms of a state-by-state ranking, the Giffords Law Center said Kansas had the 48th weakest gun laws because of the absence of universal background checks and lack of a statute preventing domestic abusers from buying or owning guns.

“Year after year, our research shows that states that get serious about passing stronger gun violence prevention laws have a much better chance of reducing the number of deaths linked to firearms,” said Robyn Thomas, the center’s executive director.

The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee is scheduled Tuesday to consider House Bill 2145, which would prohibit possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a misdemeanor for domestic violence in the past five years.

On Feb. 22, the Kansas House canceled debate on a bill authorizing public school districts to offer a firearms course sanctioned by the National Rifle Association.

Colyer said he was aware of a need for state government to work collaboratively with local districts to formulate a comprehensive response to violence.

“The best solution in Atwood is a very differe
nt solution in Wichita,” the governor said.

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Sat Mar 3, 2018, 01:00 PM

1. I live here...

and indeed it does suck...more god, guns and hate...there
are some nice people and progressives here but you have to
search them out...imo

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Sat Mar 3, 2018, 05:36 PM

2. Neighbor

is a fool. Had a union jack flag by the entry...someone stole it and kicked in the fence.
Still has the crossed guns plaque hanging there...I've called the law on him for shooting
off autos..for no reason..No targets and people all around. Dipshit was setting off, for a
time, those explosive targets used by hunters to sight in their rifles from a distance. I
believe they are illegal now. Sued the bastard for setting off a fire that burned up a bunch
of my hand planted red cedar. Got 100$ for each during the small claims court action.

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