A Grand Rapids, Michigan, father brings home a win for gun owners everywhere after his actions caused a judge to rule that parents should be allowed to open-carry at their child’s school.
Kenneth Herman wanted to pick up his daughter from school, but he also wanted to have the means to protect her. So the father legally open-carried inside the “gun-free zone” and sparked a debate that ultimately lead to a lawsuit.
Herman had a concealed carry permit, which allows him to legally open-carry on school premises. However, the elementary school adamantly opposed the breech in the “gun-free zone” and quickly called upon their lawyers to circumvent the law.
“I think schools being gun-free zones is not a wise idea,” said Herman. “I think having law-abiding armed citizens in there provides some measure of protection that isn’t a glass door that can be broken out.”
“If I’m a principal and I’m sitting in my office and I see someone walking up to my building with a gun, what am I supposed to do?” said Tim Mullins, the school district’s attorney. “What they do is declare a lockdown, they call the police. Kids are afraid. Teachers are afraid. Education stops. And then the police come.”
Rockford Public School Superintendent Dr. Mike Shibler scoffed at the idea of arming up inside a school.
“Why would you want to bring a gun into school? What is the purpose of that? It makes absolutely no sense,” said Shibler.
Clearly Shibler hasn’t heard of Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Columbine or any other of the major school shootings that have littered American history, and clearly he has unwavering faith in their “gun free zone.”
But despite the viewpoints of the school administrators and their lawyers, Circuit Judge Archie Hayman upheld the law by ruling that Herman was allowed to open-carry at his daughter’s school.
Michigan Open Carry, the nonprofit group that represented Herman, fully expects the school district to appeal the decision and are prepared to continue the fight if need be.
“This was clearly an easy decision for the judge to make based on the speed of the ruling,” said Michigan Open Carry. “We citizens are expected to follow the law. It’s sad a school district with a team of lawyers did everything they could to try and find a way around the law. We are very happy with this verdict and are prepared to defend it in the Court of Appeals if need be.”
(This article was submitted by freelance writer Brent Rogers)