be slaughtered on a school campus before people get angry enough to
demand that the Nevada Legislature abolish these absolutely insane
The recent shooting at the Sparks Middle School is particularly
infuriating. One teacher was shot and killed. Two students were shot
and seriously wounded. And it could have been a lot worse if the kid
with the gun had decided to keep shooting other kids instead of
Here’s the most outrageous part of this. The murdered teacher, Michael
Landsberry, was a trained U.S. Marine who served two tours in
Afghanistan and was a member of the Nevada Air National Guard. So
we’re talking about a man thoroughly trained in the use of weapons who
we completely trusted with our national security.
And yet Nevada’s Legislature didn’t trust Michael Landsberry enough to
allow him the means necessary to protect himself and dozens of 7th-
and 8th-graders on that school playground that fateful morning. As
such, this trained military veteran was forced to confront an armed
assailant with nothing more than two empty, outstretched hands and the
hope that he could talk the kid down.
Instead, Michael Landsberry was gunned down.
And while everyone is clearly saddened by the loss of this
extraordinary American hero and family man, I hope that sadness
eventually turns into blood-boiling rage. Because this man didn’t
deserve to die and he didn’t need to die. He at least deserved a
fighting chance to defend himself and those students by being allowed,
if he had so chosen, to carry a weapon with him to work, as countless
other Nevadans do every single day throughout the state.
Michael Landsberry’s death is on the heads of every pontificating,
self-righteous, anti-gun member of the Nevada Legislature who supports
the continuation of these gun-free zones and who opposed the common
sense “campus carry” bills that were introduced in both the 2011 and
2013 legislative sessions.
Here’s an undeniable truth: Disturbed students, crazy people and bad
guys don’t give a (expletive) about gun control laws that say they
shouldn’t possess a gun or take one into a gun-free zone. If they want
a gun they’ll get a gun, regardless of whether or not they can pass a
As such, the fact is “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a
good guy with a gun.”
And the only way to potentially prevent school playgrounds and
classrooms from becoming shooting galleries in the future is to allow
responsible, properly trained adults the means to protect themselves
and our children when a merchant of death comes knocking at the
It’s time to abolish these insane gun-free zones.
God bless you and rest in peace, Mr. Landsberry. Semper Fi.
Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a non-profit public
policy grassroots advocacy organization. He may be reached at