Memo from Columbine Massacre

This is prophetic and moving. Written by the Colorado State Board of Education in the wake of the Columbine massacre April 1999. Read what this group of public school officials and state employees write. Listen to their exhortations. This is more relevant today than it ever has been.

Read this: http://www.cde.state.co.us/sites/default/files/documents/cdeboard/download/resolution/res_columbine.pdf

“Finally, we must remember, respect, and unashamedly take pride in the fact that our schools, like our country, found their origin and draw their strength from the faith-based morality that is at the heart of our national character. Today our schools have become so fearful of affirming one religion or one value over another that they have banished them all. In doing so they have abdicated their historic role in the moral formation of youth and thereby alienated themselves from our people’s deep spiritual sensibilities. To leave this disconnection between society and its schools unaddressed is an open invitation to further divisiveness and decline. For the sake of our children, who are so dependent upon a consistent and unified message from the adult world, we must solve these dilemmas.”

Blackstone’s Commentaries and our English Heritage

Wisdom from our English heritage. Blackstone’s Commentaries was the most influential legal commentary at the time of the framing of the Second Amendment.

-On the Rights of Persons

“IN these several articles consist the rights, or, as they are frequently termed, the liberties of Englishmen :…highly necessary to be perfectly known and considered by every man of rank or property… And we have seen that these rights consist, primarily, in the free enjoyment of personal security, of personal liberty, and of private property. So long as these remain inviolate, the subject is perfectly free ; for every species of compulsive tyranny and oppression must act in opposition to one or other of these rights… To preserve these from violation, it is necessary that the constitution of parliaments be supported in it’s full vigor ; and limits certainly known, be set to the royal prerogative. And, lastly, to vindicate these rights, when actually violated or attacked, the subjects of England are entitled, in the first place, to the regular administration and free course of justice in the courts of law ; next to the right of petitioning the king and parliament for redress of grievances ; and lastly to the right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defence. And all thefe rights and liberties it is our birthright to enjoy entire”

William Blackstone’s “Commentaries on the Laws of England” (1765)

Found at: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/blackstone_bk1ch1.asp

Statistics and Gun Laws

Statistics and Gun Laws “Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, and Wyoming allow lawful firearm owners to carry concealed firearms without a permit.”(1) The average murder rate in these states is 3.1 per 100,000 people which is well below the national average.(2) I wanted to see if there was a correlation between states that are very lenient regarding […]