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New Illinois law allows firearms in public. What could possibly go wrong?


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In today's Los Angeles Times, there was an article about Illinois' mandatory gun training program. Why do they require 16 hours of Gun School in that state? Simple: Illinois citizens now have the right to carry firearms in public.

What could possibly go wrong?

Training is a positive. Preparing Mr. and Ms. America to cope with a potential Mass Murder Moment should alleviate everyone's concerns, right? Wrong.

As I posted back in January, "Here’s proof that carrying a gun won’t protect you in a crisis," even with training. But that doesn't stop the GOP, the NRA, and the firearms industry from waving their Second Amendment flags (and stuffing their already-full wallets).

But back to Gun Class. One participant, Gregory Colon, is training to become a licensed armed security guard, and he was nervous before class even started. Per the Times, "the atmosphere was designed to add to the tension and get his heart rate up," because without simulation of a real-life emergency, the course wouldn't be very effective.

"It was much more intense than I expected," said Colon, 21, of Chicago, who shot his "attackers" in self-defense. "I was sweating and my palms were sticky. It shows in real life how fast you can get hurt."

That is not unlike what Diane Sawyer and others said.

But learning how to protect yourself and legalizing concealed carry permits should not be tantamount to permission to morph into Mr. and Ms. Aggressor, nosireebob:

"The concealed-carry permit, realistically, is only there for you to protect yourself. It's not a license to go out and go looking for trouble or deal with a situation that is best left to law enforcement," said Queen, executive director of the Fidelity Investigative Training Academy in Chicago.

"Law enforcement training is about securing and containing the danger," he said. "Concealed-carry training is about protecting yourself and moving away from the danger."

"Moving AWAY from the danger," said Gun School Executive Guy. Ordinary citizens should never "interject themselves into dangerous situations," said the instructors. Not exactly consistent with what we hear from gun fondlers like, say, George Zimmerman.

Those same zealots also argue that two days of arms training "unnecessarily prolongs the process for obtaining a permit." Tell me again why that's a bad thing.

Here's what happens when one finds oneself confronted with a life-and-death situation:

A rush of adrenaline causes the hands to shake. Blood flows away from the fingers and toes, dulling the senses. Motor skills weaken. The perception of time changes, making everything seem to move in slow motion. You lose peripheral vision, and it seems as though you're looking through a tunnel.

Now imagine those physiological symptoms experienced by someone trying to respond for the first time to a gunman in a dark movie theater wearing a bulletproof vest tossing tear gas canisters while shooting off 30 rounds from an AR-15 into an unsuspecting crowd. Imagine traumatized, inexperienced Mr. and Ms. America trying to respond while doing their best to save (their own and others') lives while scrambling to instantly recall 16 hours of instruction on how to successfully deal with a sudden, unforeseen deadly threat.

And here is one more reason why common sense gun legislation advocates like myself get flop-sweat nervous:

Before enrolling in Queen's security guard course, Gloria Sauno said, she did not realize a gun should be the last resort.


As Colleen Daley, executive director of the Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said:

"It's not the fear of someone walking down the street with a gun that bothers most people; it's the unexpected consequences. Someone going out to have a drink does not intend on killing somebody, but it happens."


VIDEO: Texas school worker shot during gun training class

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In the state of Texas this happened, according to a school board member: "There was an accident involving one of the employees today."


This "accident"-- usually in the case of firearms calamities, it's negligence-- occurred during a district-sponsored concealed handgun license class for teachers, because, as you can see, nothing says "safe" like having guns on campuses.

Leslie Goode, a school board member, said this didn't change his mind about arming teachers. Pshyeah, he didn't get shot, but a man who works in the maintenance department sure did.

NBC has more:

The employee from the Van Independent School District had stayed for one-on-one training after class with the concealed handgun license training instructor on Tuesday when a mechanical malfunction with his weapon caused his gun to misfire, NBC affiliate KETK reported. The bullet ricocheted, striking the employee in the left leg; his injury was not life-threatening, the affiliate said.

What if that "malfunction" had happened in the classroom?

And hey! Who needs "bad guys" when the "good guys" shoot themselves?

Here's a bonus L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re “Glendale schools boost security,” Feb. 25

This weekend, Glendale will host its annual gun show at the Civic Auditorium, conveniently located near a skate park, schools and opening-day Little League fields. Seems to me if officials want to take steps to make Glendale schools safer, they could start at the heart of the problem, namely by making it more difficult to get more guns and ammo.

It's not a lack of security in our schools — it's the guns, this country's addiction to them and fear run amok that are threatening our communities.

Maddie Gavel-Briggs


iLEAD: Usher and Accenture team up, align with public schools to train 50,000 youth to be global leaders



I don't know what's wrong with these kids today!
Who can understand anything they say?
They a disobedient, disrespectful oafs!
Noisy, crazy, dirty, lazy, loafers!
While we're on the subject:
You can talk and talk till your face is blue!
But they still just do what they want to do!
Why can't they be like we were,
Perfect in every way?
What's the matter with kids today?

What IS the matter with kids today? The answer: Absolutely nothing. At least not once Usher and Accenture train them to be the leaders many are destined to be through what looks to be a wonderful, productive, positive project. This is exactly what we should be doing, emphasizing important skills for our kids, and showing them they can shine... with a little help from the pros (more at the link).

Sometimes those pesky corporations we love to complain about can do very good things. Hey, they're people too, right?

Usher's New Look, a non-profit organization founded by Usher Raymond IV, today announced their partnership with Accenture to help New Look reach its goal of training and certifying 50,000 youth as global leaders. The effort reflects Accenture's Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative.

Over two years, Accenture is supporting New Look with a more than $900,000 contribution, which includes a cash grant as well as pro bono support to develop iLEAD – an online, interactive, curriculum-based platform that will provide data management and tracking for students and parents as they move through New Look's four leadership pillars – talent, education, career and service.

Through the iLEAD platform, New Look will be able to better track the progress of enrolled students. It will also support developing leaders in schools, raising graduation rates and preparing youth for college and career readiness.The platform will align with national public school, career training and development standards.


We Need Voices: Get Progressively Trained


My dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, is one of the most effective progressive voices out there, when we're lucky enough to see him on the Tee Vee Machine or hear him on the radio, that is. We need more like him.

Here's one way to do that:

To begin with, we need people who can confidently promote progressive values on television and radio. [...]

A 24-hour conservative television station and talk radio both nationally and locally dominated by conservatives doesn't only get the message out and give cover to politicians and political ideas once considered slightly to the right of insane... It also has created everyone from Glenn Beck to Sean Hannity to Tucker Carlson [...]

The Progressive Talent Initiative... not only provides 3.5 days of everything from performance critiques to messaging advice, but the relationship continues afterwards, as the program gives you a tune up when you need it and helps get you booked for appearances.

It is a great program, which I had the luck of attending, and now maybe it's your turn. If you're a political strategist, progressive activist, blogger, academic, non-profit dweller or the like, this could be a great program for you to earn the key messaging and media training skills the Left so critically needs. The training is free to participants so if you are selected, can take the time to participate and are eager and willing to be booked after the training...  the PTI team will take care of everything else.

If this is something you've been thinking about, give it a shot, as we need progressives armed with not only the facts, but the ability to share them with persuadable audiences.

All the details are here. Go for it.