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January 23, 2014 - 10:02 am

There’s always stiff competition in this category, but we might be looking at the dumbest anti-gun article of the year. Writing for Bloomberg News, Christoper Flavelle opines that the Second Amendment actually endangers the right to vote. He bases the article on a report produced by — surprise, surprise — a presidentially appointed commission.

That would be President Barack Obama, who told gun controllers that he is working on their pet issue “under the radar,” and who uses every tragedy that involves guns — except gang violence in Chicago, which he ignores — to try to curb Second Amendment rights.

The logic is convoluted, and rests on readers not knowing very much. Here’s the gist: There are school shootings in the country now and then. We tend to put our voting places at schools because they’re public buildings and easy to use for elections. Ergo, school shootings endanger voting.

There are problems with this argument: We haven’t had any shootings during elections. School shootings tend to be performed by students against other students or teachers. Students tend not to be at schools when voting is going on. Some schools give the kids the day off, some don’t. School shooters tend to attack when school is in session, in acts of revenge or some other similar motivation, and avoid attacking places where they’re likely to face armed resistance.

So if there’s a current problem with violence at US polling places — and there isn’t — a simple solution would be to make sure that’s an armed police officer around but not so visible that they distract or intimidate any voters. We don’t need them acting like the New Black Panthers, obviously, and we don’t need to give Eric Holder any reason to sue.

But, probably, we don’t need to do anything at all.

Like I said, it’s a stupid article.

In other words, to the many ugly consequences of America’s increasing embrace of gun rights, we can now add making it more difficult to cast a ballot. The commission proposes dealing with those concerns by sending children home on election day to keep them out of harm’s way; meanwhile, “teachers could use the day to perform administrative functions and conduct professional training.” (Some school districts, including New York City, already do so, while not necessarily citing safety as the reason.) It’s worth dwelling on the absurdity of it all: The profusion of gun violence means more U.S. communities feel compelled to weigh making voting easier against educating, and protecting, their children.

It’s worth dwelling on how clueless some in the media are.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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This is an absurd strawman argument, raised to justify more completely unnecessary restrictions on the Second Amendment.

It's particularly obnoxious when there remains a real case of voter intimidation which Obama's AG, Eric Holder, steadfastly refuses to prosecute because the perpetrators are black.
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"In other words, to the many ugly consequences of America’s increasing embrace of gun rights..."

We can stop right there.

America's "increasing embrace of gun rights" began in the eighteenth century. What we've been seeing in recent decades is a return to gun ownership by the population at large (and laws that acknowledge this trend).

Question: how many school shootings have there been in places (e.g. Utah) that permit teachers with gun licenses to carry guns in their schools?

Answer: none.

Question: how many school shootings have taken place in "gun-free zones" (where a teacher with a license to carry a gun is forbidden from doing so)?

Answer: all of them.

If the issue weren't so emotionally loaded, the answer would be a no-brainer. If we're truly concerned about violence in our schools, then allow teachers, who go to the trouble to get licensed on their own time, to be armed at work. Multiple states permit this already. When people know that some of a school's teachers are armed, they will know that an attacker can be stopped in his tracks -- and may well wind up dead. It's a very powerful deterrence.

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But, but, but, nearly all schools are weapons-free zones! So they should be very safe voting places! Even the worst of murderers will refrain from attacking in a weapons-free zone.
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Shhh... Don't burst his bubble. I prefer that people as misinformed as Flavelle stay away from the polls.
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It isn't the gun violence that's intimidating voters, it's the media narrative that's scaring people -- and only low-information voters anyway.

But I can see why The Left would consider that a crisis.
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This is an absurd strawman argument, raised to justify more completely unnecessary restrictions on the Second Amendment.

It's particularly obnoxious when there remains a real case of voter intimidation which Obama's AG, Eric Holder, steadfastly refuses to prosecute because the perpetrators are black.
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