South Dakota Protecting Children in School and in the Womb

Congratulations to the South Dakota legislature and Gov. Dennis Daugaard for taking appropriate measures to protect the state’s children in schools and in the womb.

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, all of the liberals have been trying to outlaw guns and create more gun free zones.  They have the warped idea that stripping law abiding citizens of their weapons and placing them in dedicated gun free zones will somehow make them safer.  Statistics show the exact opposite is true.  Cities with the strictest gun control laws have some of the highest rates of gun violence, because criminals know the people are unarmed.

Most of the mass shootings have been committed in gun free zones – Sandy Hook, Aurora, Columbine, etc.  It only makes sense that deranged killers would target gun free zones because they know that no one will be able to stop them from carrying out their attack until the police respond.  By that time, the evil deed has been done.

It seems the politicians of South Dakota have been listening to the evidence and have taken the appropriate action to protect the state’s children.

On Friday March 9, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill into law that allows school districts in the state to arm teachers or any other school personnel, hire an armed security officer or allow for volunteers to be armed.  The bill does not make it mandatory.  It’s up to the school district.  If they decide to allow for armed personnel on school campuses, they first have to get permission from the local police department.  Once permission has been given, the person or persons will have to undergo training before being allowed to carry a firearm on school grounds.

On Tuesday March 5, Gov. Daugaard signed a bill into law that requires all women in South Dakota to undergo a three day waiting period before having an abortion.  The bill also requires women to undergo counseling at a pregnancy help center, many of which promote adoption over abortion.  A number of states have a 24 hour waiting period, but South Dakota is the first state to require a three day waiting period.

Knowing that abortion advocates would challenge the bill, Gov. Daugaard released a statement saying that he had consulted with state attorneys who have vowed to defend the bill in court.  He also indicated that one of the bill’s sponsors will be taking measures to raise the necessary funds, estimated to be $1.7 million to $4.5, to cover the state’s legal costs.

In the wake of all the liberal laws being passed that will only make American children more susceptible to violence in the schools and womb; it’s refreshing and encouraging to see South Dakota take the opposite measure to protect their kids.  Now if only the other 49 states would follow their example and start protecting our kids.