Teachers Hit Firing Range After Newtown Shooting, School Trustee Says

A Capistrano Unified board member did target practice recently and says one out of five female newbies was a teacher.

In light of the tragedy in Newtown, some teachers may be going to firing ranges to learn how to shoot.

It’s anecdotal for sure, but when Capistrano Unified School District Trustee Anna Bryson – a self-proclaimed strong believer in the Second Amendment – went shooting earlier this month in Orange County, she talked to fellow women practicing their aim and made an intriguing discovery.

“One-fifth of the newly interested women who were there for instruction were teachers,” she wrote in a blog called Thoughtful Women.

Bryson has asked Capo schools to look into the feasibility of the district allowing employees to bring concealed weapons onto campuses, she told the Orange County Register

Neither Bryson nor a spokesman for the school district could be reached for comment.

Bryson writes:

… [M]ost of our public schools are gun-free zones, and people who would do evil are aware of this. Why should evildoers have a sense of comfort and unchecked power when they go on a school campus?

Wouldn’t it be better if they were wondering: Is there someone here who might stop me in my tracks before I can carry out my self-glorifying destruction?

But Bryson did acknowledge that local officials should be able to decide what’s best for their schools, rejecting a one-size-fits-all policy for disarmament or packing heat among teachers.

“We must preserve our rights and try local solutions, not sweeping utopian schemes. Only in this way will we preserve the families and friends that we love and the liberties we cherish,” she wrote.

JustUs January 10, 2013 at 06:32 PM
El Toro Resident, just curious. Why did you move from Santa Ana if it's such a great place? hmmm? You said that Orange County is a 'civil community'. I simply pointed out that your claim is not the case across the board. Santa Ana and Anaheim are full of violence. Lethal violence. You can either accept the facts or live in your world of denial. It's up to you. Please don't take it personally. Too many of us root for the home team without even thinking anymore. Have a nice day, sir.
shelly January 10, 2013 at 07:03 PM
So the NRA is all about defending the 2cd Amendment right but it does not support the right for a person to have their gun destroyed by their own choice. People are turning in these guns to the police to be destroyed and the NRA is defending the gun over the rights and choice of the people turning in the guns. http://www.npr.org/2013/01/09/168926749/nra-vows-to-stop-tuscon-from-destroying-guns "Rathner says the NRA will ask for an accounting of every weapon turned in and then go to court to stop the firearms from being destroyed. If that doesn't work, Rathner says they'll change the law. "We just go back and we tweak it and tune it up, and we work with our friends in the Legislature and fix it so they can't do it," Rathner adds."
tiny January 10, 2013 at 07:29 PM
shelly, the global banksters and gun confiscation are part of the same deal ...... next.
MFriedrich January 10, 2013 at 07:35 PM
By now I think we're all use to JustUs making sweeping generalizations and exaggerated claims in the LF patch comments. He always closes his responses with a passive aggressive ad hominem toward the LF commenter. He always has something to say to every comment. I mean, he has 47 comments in one post for crying out loud. This demonstrates the level of delusion and insistence of always being of correct opinion, and the only one with purview of information and facts. JustUs' contributions here are usually structure like this: "(Commenter Name), (rhetorical question), (rhetorical question), (snide remark), (adhominem), "hah!". (Exaggerated claim), (Exaggerated claim), (overestimation of his mastery of the facts), (ad hominem), "hah!" "Have a nice day (Commenter name)"." Previous account, Andromeda, was banned for some reason.
MFriedrich January 10, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Actually, crime in Santa Ana is reportedly going down - like big time, including violent crime. The police have been putting a lot of resources to thwart gang violence there. Anaheim, however, is one of the few cities in OC that has seen a net increase in crime, including violent crime. http://www.ocregister.com/news/crime-358492-percent-violent.html
MFriedrich January 10, 2013 at 07:50 PM
I think the demand for guns is very high right now, even among current NRA members. Also, some people are enthusiasts and collectors. Some might want to legal purchase and register these surrendered firearms at an auction. I don't see anything wrong with that. What's surprising to me is how little discussion there has been about mental health,. use of mental health medications, and these gun atrocities.
Nancy January 10, 2013 at 08:18 PM
JustUs, your READING COMPREHENSION needs work. Factchecker spoke of MASS murderers, not gang shootings; the kind you see at Columbine and Newtown. The kind that take our 20 or more people (or children) in a minute's time.
Nancy January 10, 2013 at 08:20 PM
mfriedrich, speaking of mental health and gun ownership, tell me how rational and sane you find this proponent: http://front.moveon.org/want-to-see-a-theyre-coming-for-our-guns-dude-totally-lose-his-sht-on-piers-morgans-show/?rc=fb.fan
shelly January 10, 2013 at 08:24 PM
mfriedrich, People here are choosing to give up their firearms to be destoryed by the police force. If you choose to give up our firearm to be destroyed that should be your right. If they would like to sell it to a registered dealer that is their right but they are choosing not to so why is the NRA stepping in. I know there are many paranoid theories out there but educated people should look beyond paranoia. Mental health, our violent culture and the ease of obtaining and amount of guns and size of the ammo clips should all be considered. We can do better for our kids.
shelly January 10, 2013 at 08:25 PM
mfriedrich, People here are choosing to give up their firearms to be destoryed by the police force. If you choose to give up our firearm to be destroyed that should be your right. If they would like to sell it to a registered dealer that is their right but they are choosing not to so why is the NRA stepping in. I know there are many paranoid theories out there but educated people should look beyond paranoia. Mental health, our violent culture and the ease of obtaining and amount of guns and size of the ammo clips should all be considered. We can do better for our kids.
Nancy January 10, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Tiny, you are (for lack of a better term), unhinged. I dismiss you because you subscribe to those wackadoodle "world order" conspiracy theories. And for your consideration by someone equally unhinged (and from whom you must have gotten your "factoids"): http://front.moveon.org/want-to-see-a-theyre-coming-for-our-guns-dude-totally-lose-his-sht-on-piers-morgans-show/?rc=fb.fan
Nancy January 10, 2013 at 08:31 PM
tiny January 10, 2013 at 08:50 PM
I'm unhinged from the NWO which is really the old world order on a global scale.
Nancy January 10, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Or this guy: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/10/james-yeager-start-killing-people-obama-gun-policy_n_2448751.html
tiny January 10, 2013 at 08:53 PM
When I was playing golf "Nancy" was a name that someone was called when they left a putt real short.
Shripathi Kamath January 10, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Well, there is plenty of discussion about James Holmes's mental health (http://bit.ly/VnCtYB), but what is interesting to note is that at least one is arguing that Holmes was no more mentally insane than any average Joe on the street. (http://news.findlaw.com/apnews-lp/ddd9ba3b9b674accadd2445021129ed6) Why is that? What is the most obvious motivation behind someone taking such a stance? So that he may not get away with a not guilty on account of insanity. So if we want to recognize that mental health is an issue, then we would look into what could have been done about it. If Holmes is found mentally fit, well, then, why should we be looking into it? Then again, the person may have a point. After all, to booby trap his home with explosives, plan the massacre by buying tickets week or more in advance, don the appropriate gear, etc. is far more thought that some of those 47 comments above reflect. (cue: different levels of insanity here) If mental health issues were important, someone would be looking into Ted Nugent, whose select list of public figures that he wants to "make sexytime to his guns" grows each week. Or at Huckabee who blames Newtown on the removal of prayer from schools. Or those who scream that it is not guns that kill people, but video games and movies. Movies that have stars who stand tall and deliver lines like "Go ahead, make my day!" Wait, maybe not that one because... but you get the idea.
JustUs January 10, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Every other day we read in the news that there was another shooting in Santa Ana. Just yesterday or the day before a car got shot up and a passenger was injured. This is routine news from Santa Ana. You'd have to be blind not to see it. Santa Ana is full of crime. Just ask any cop. Naturally, some people are politically correct when they speak of Santa Ana because they know it's filled with illegals. Mfriedrich won't tell you these things because he has an agenda. I don't. That is the difference between mfriedrich and me.
JustUs January 10, 2013 at 09:46 PM
mfreidrich is obviously an enemy of the 2nd Amendment and 'free expression'. He criticizes people who give their opinions on news items. He would probably love to silence me. But he doesn't have that power, which frustrates him to no end. Mfriedrich often fails to respond when I catch him disseminating misinformation. He runs away from debate. But he is the first to lodge personal attacks and personality criticisms. That's just who he is. And mfriedrich engages in pure speculation when he accuses posters of having other previous identities. He knows nothing. He loves to attack and speculate. That is his trademark on these boards IMO from personal experience.
JustUs January 10, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Nancy, what difference does it make if you kill 20 people at once or just one at a time? Don't avoid the truth, dear. The truth always has a way to rise to the surface whether you like it or not. :^) Santa Ana is the crime Capital of Orange County. We all know that. Why deny it?
MFriedrich January 10, 2013 at 10:30 PM
JustUs, I definitely don't want to silence you. You're comments and behavior are just way to amusing and entertaining for me, and everyone else. The best part is that you feel the need to comment on everyone else's comment. It's spectacularly funny. For your information, I'm a gun owner, so I'm actually Ok with the 2nd amendment. But I freely admit to submitting criticism (critical thought) and even ridicule when it's warranted. However, I don't make exaggerated claims. I also don't pretend to know things I don't really know. I'll continue to respectful defer that bit to the professionals, like yourself.
MFriedrich January 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM
You said "Santa Ana and Anaheim are full of violence. Lethal violence." I pointed out that you were correct about Anaheim and exaggerating a little about Santa Ana in light of recent statistical research by OC police and the FBI. You're now getting upset when people agree with you. I know you're chomping at the bit to make exaggerated, provacative and contrarian claims every 2 minutes on LF Patch, but calm down man. Next time try some deep breath exercises before you hit "Submit".
Nancy January 10, 2013 at 10:37 PM
JustUs, there are people who are allowed to address me as "dear" and you are not one of them, son.
tiny January 10, 2013 at 11:13 PM
mf, you say "I also don't pretent to know things I don't really know". Then in the same comment you claim "Your comments and behavior are just way to amusing and entertaining for me, AND EVERYBODY ELSE". You'll probably say it was careless. But I think it exposes a popular delusion in your way of thinking.
MFriedrich January 10, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I wish we'd get to more specific questions, instead of 2nd amendment and assault rifles. Are we ok with the idea of a young adult who is taking antipsychotic drugs (e.g. thorazine, haldol) or anti-depressants (zoloft, prozac, strattera) to procure, register and own a AR-15? What about a 357 magnum handgun? A .22 caliber rifle? A Mossberg 500 shotgun? Looking a US federal and state gun control laws in 2012 through the prism of such questions, it appears that we (Americans) either don't know or don't care to know, the answer. There is an answer to this question. We just need to acknowledge it, and then update laws and fund enforcement appropriately. But no matter what improvements are made to gun control laws regarding mental illness, the Newtown massacre probably still happens because Adam Lanza's mother, a licensed and registered gun owner and enthusiast, thought it wise to allow her 20 year old mentally compromised son (he was taking antipsychotic medicine Fanapt) free access to her weapons. In perfect hindsight, this was gross negligence and incompetence by Ms. Lanza, and cost her own life and those of the children. How many other American gun owners are equally lax in the access control to their weapons? How could we possible hope to control against such poor judgement?
JustUs January 10, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Santa Ana had hundreds of gunshot wound victims in 2012 and at least 25 homicides. On a per capita rate, it is the Crime Capital of Orange County. Go look in today's OC register. There will at least one article on another shooting or stabbing in Santa Ana. I can't help it if you won't acknowledge reality, mfriedrich. I do what I can to help you along. I can lead you to the truth. I can't make you take it.
JustUs January 10, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Tiny, thank you for your salient observation. I am glad that you recognize the shortcomings of mfriedrich too. I appreciate your contribution.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Stick to the issues raised by the story and don't attack each other. Thank you.
MFriedrich January 11, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Tiny, I said what I said based on some of the humorous responses from other LF Patch commenters that I've observed to JU's comments. I'll admit this is not "everybody", and understandably so.
MFriedrich January 11, 2013 at 08:25 PM
There's no resistance by me to acknowledge that there is crime in Santa Ana and Anaheim. However, I would not characterize the situation(s) as "full of violence. Lethal violence." as you have decided to do.
Jonathan Volzke March 27, 2013 at 09:52 PM
PSJC ... 16 hours of training is "extensive"? http://bos.ocgov.com/legacy5/newsletters/pdf/2_CCW_permit_policy_January2009.pdf


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