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Gun Rights advocates show up at a Common Sense Gun Control rally at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia in 2012. Photo Credits: © Harold Michael Harvey

It’s Cheaper to Ban AR-15 Than Pay Teachers to Carry A Gun

The President says he would like to pay a supplement to about 20 percent of the nation’s school teachers who would be willing to conceal carry in the classroom. Yet it is much cheaper to ban the AR-15 than to supplement teachers salaries.

Although, the President pronounces giving extra incentive to teachers who would be willing to engage a shooter armed with an AR-15, without batting an eye, he does not say how this program will be paid. The words just rolls out of his mouth.

But money, especially other people’s money, has never been a problem for this President. In January he gave a huge tax cut to the wealthiest Americans. Then outdid himself in February when his cohorts in the congress handed him a budget in the trillion of dollars range to sign . This budget drove up the deficit to unimaginable levels.

This begs the question: Where on earth or in the American budget will the money come from to pay hundreds of millions to arm and train essentially paratroopers to teach in the public school systems throughout the country?

This idea is ludicrous. It is a fiscally bankrupt notion. In short, it is down right nuts.

How much would it cost to ban assault weapons?

You guessed it, probably nothing.

There would be no cost to pass legislation that outlawed the sell and possession of an assault weapon that was purchased after the effective date of the enactment of the banned assault weapon law.

A ban of assault weapons would drastically reduce the number of fatalities in schools and other public venues where mass murderers have preyed.

Such a ban may even lessen the changes that new acts of public gun violence would occur in the future because the sheer destructive capability of the AR-15 seems to embolden mass shooters to apply their trade.

If you take this weapon away, we may also see a corresponding decrease in cowardly courage to attack unsuspecting victims in schools, movie theaters, entertainment events and churches.

It is far, far cheaper to ban the AR-15 and bump stocks which are most often used in these mass killings than to supplement teacher salaries to perform a non educational function.

I’m all in favor of the President providing a federal supplement to all teachers in the country, God knows they need it, while at the same time banning assault weapons and bump stocks, God knows this as well.

Additionally, banning assault weapons, heavy capacity magazines and bump stocks will have the added effect of protecting innocence students in our schools, as well as, innocence people in other public venues.

It is cheaper to ban this weapon which emboldens cowardly minded men to assault innocence men, women and children over whom they have a decided advantage; then our teachers can remain focused upon the education of our children.

It’s so simple, I don’t know why the genius in the White House has not thought of it by now.

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Harvey is Living Now Book Awards 2020 Bronze Medalist for his memoir Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. Available at

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