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On May 15, 1974, three shooters entered the Netiv Meir Elementary School in the Jewish-Arab town of Ma’alot in northern Israel taking 115 people including 105 children hostage. At the time, Israel was on a leftist utopian bender with social experiments that included disarmament and gun free zones. On the second day of the standoff, the Israeli army stormed the building as the shooters murdered children with grenades and automatic weapons. 25 hostages were killed including 22 children, 68 were injured. Israel responded to the atrocity by mandating armed security in every school. Retired military veterans and police, often grandfathers and grandmothers, began to monitor schools. Teachers and school staff began to volunteer for gun training and began to carry concealed weapons after registering with their school administration. Teachers started to participate in active shooter drills. There have been only two school shootings in Israel since that slaughter and in both cases the shooter was killed and stopped from killing more innocents.
In September 2015, Israel responded to a plethora of knife attacks by making it easier for citizens to obtain guns. Army officers with the rank of Lieutenant and above would be permitted to purchase guns freely and security guards would be allowed to take their guns home after work. The minimum age for gun purchases was dropped from 21 to 18. Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat urged residents to carry a gun and was photographed carrying a Glock 23. Israelis overwhelmingly view the right to bear arms as the best means of deterring gun violence.
The mainstream media is lying about President Trump’s call for arming [all] teachers in one of the ugliest and most dangerous pieces of fake news yet.
The president has not called for arming all teachers, only making it possible for the approximately 10 percent of teachers who are former military or security personnel, who are already licensed and trained, or who would like to obtain a license and training to be permitted to carry a concealed weapon if they choose to do so. In fact, 17 states already allow teachers who register with their school boards and who are cleared to carry concealed weapons. I’m proud to note that my own state of Massachusetts is one of those states. Apparently, Florida is not on the list.
The use by the left of impressionable young children who have been traumatized by school shootings to push their gun grabbing agenda is a particularly odious and despicable manipulation of emotions. If these leftists possessed a shred of decency or genuine concern for the safety of school children they might inquire as to whether the child feels safe going to school in a gun free zone where no one is properly equipped to stop a shooter. They might consider no longer stigmatizing and mocking gun training or the teaching of self-defense.
The social phenomena that constitutes school shootings and its uptick since Columbine, the social and psychological factors that led to this uptick, is a broad and profound subject that urgently calls out for a national discussion and a scientific inquiry free of ideology and invective from all sides. The question of gun regulation, particularly of semi-automatic weapons, is also an important topic that needs to be addressed without histrionics and posturing.
Meanwhile, and in these times of clear and present danger to our school children, common sense steps such as securing our school buildings and allowing trained and willing teachers and administrators to defend the students with concealed weapons is urgently needed.
Constant G. “Connor” VlaKancic wrote the original "Contract with America" that he presented to Rep. Newt Gingrich in August 1994. He was the first Reform Party candidate in the US-CA 15th Congressional District in September 1995. He was a Registrar of Voters voting Precinct Captain ten times in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz, California Connor was a Republican candidate for US Congress in California 17th Congressional District in 2006. And a Joliet resident write-in candidate for US Congress Illinois 11th Congressional District in 2012.
In January 2000, in Croatia, his Grandfather's homeland, Connor VlaKancic was appointed by US Ambassador William Montgomery, to be US Department of State Representative to OSCE/ODIHR in Europe to be international election observer following the death of Croatian President Franjo Tudjman. A responsibility that he has performed more times in the new democracies that have emerged with the disintegration of Yugoslavia.
Connor was the US Representative Independent not-partisan candidate in the September 2015 Illinois 18th CD Special General election to replace Rep. Aaron Schock. His OSCE electioneering commitments in Croatia prevented him from returning to Illinois within the short time-line to collect registered voter signatures to achieve ballot position. Undaunted, he filed registered write-in candidacy in all 19 counties of the 18th CD. During July and August, he literally drove 75%+ of the highways and byways in the 18th's CD meeting with frustrated voters.
Let's Start Make Illinois Great Again! Illinois voter electorate would be greatly empowered by eliminating the March Primary and all the candidates are on the November General election. Utilizing Instant-Runoff Voting in General election would result in voters having the extra time to examine and fully vet all the candidate before deciding on the value merits of their best qualified candidate. If all the 2016 Primary election candidates had all been on the 2016 General election ballot, Republican voters could have demonstrated their frustration over Mark Kirk and Democrat voters would have had the opportunity to chose better than Tammy Duckworth.
See how the 2016 Presidential General Election ballot would provide Ranked and Graded voting. Drag and Drop names from right to left columns:
Illinois' Primary election, a form of exclusion partisan voting “Politics-as-Usual (P/U stinks), is another example of President Trump recognizing that elections are rigged.
To “vet”was originally a horse-racing term, referring to the requirement that a horse be checked for health and soundness by a veterinarian before being allowed to race. Thus, it has taken the general meaning "to check". It is a figurative contraction of veterinarian, which originated in the mid-17th century.
Connor VlaKancic was born in Aurora, Illinois and lived on May Street. His paternal Grandfather and his parents worked at Barber-Greene. When he was three years, his family (parents and older sister) moved to Hinckley to his maternal Grandparents dairy farm on Somonauk Road. He graduated from Hinckley-Big Rock HS and graduated from technical college in Chicago. His sister worked at All-Steel, living in Aurora. His parents retired to Sycamore, IL. He has returned to Aurora and DeKalb County multiple times every year. After college in Chicago, he moved to San Jose, CA and achieved a thirty-five year career in semiconductor electronics (Fairchild, Timex, Intel) and software (Apple Computer, . Produced over two dozen US patents at his employment. And achieved three patents of his own to start-up five companies of his own entrepreneurship.