John McJunkin produces and rides shotgun on KFYI's Sharpe In The Morning and sits in as guest host when Jim's not around. He's a Platinum award-winning audio engineer / multi-media producer with nearly 30 years of experience, and serves as the principal pro audio reviewer for both Church Production and Sound & Video Contractor magazines and is the published author of over 200 reviews and features in other publications like Remix and Mix Magazine. He has also consulted with manufacturers in the development of pro audio technology. McJunkin lectured at the 2007 and 2008 New Media Expos and the 2009 Worship Facilities Expo on the topic of advanced editing and mixing techniques for quality podcast production. He has served as a consultant and provided broadcast voice production for political candidates for US Senate, Congress, governor, and state legislature. He describes his political identity as a "defense-hawk small-L libertarian". He's an avid aviation buff who writes and records music and plays drums with the worship team at his church, and loves to spend every spare moment with his family.
Suzanne Sharer is a native of Arizona, born and raised in Conservatism. She is married and a mother to 3 fantastic children. Suzanne is in real estate working as an agent for a top National builder, Taylor Morrison Homes and is an avid political junkie. Her passion for America has led her to speaking her mind on political issues through blogs, Facebook and twitter as well as becoming active in the local political scene where she believes she can do her part to help turn our country around one opinion at a time. Suzanne's concern for the direction of America has led her to co-founding Conservative Patriot Revolution , a new media company that includes CPR: ConservativePatriotRevolution.com and the online Conservative Patriot Radio. Suzanne is also a contributor, aka a Politichick for Politichicks.tv.
Tom was born in Yonkers, NY and in 1968 was the youngest member of Mensa in the country at that time- and is to date, the highest tested individual in Mensa at that age. Educated at the University of California, Tom moved to Arizona after college in 1994, and went into the insurance business. After being a successful agent for NY Life Insurance, he decided to become an independent broker in 2005 and is now a successful entrepreneur and author of the column 'Conservative Issues from the Desert'. He calls Surprise, AZ his home, where he does volunteer work for various issues around the state, and writes for his local newspaper, The Glendale/Peoria Today. He also has been a guest Political analyst on various radio and talk shows. Conservative, funny and a candidly frank speaker, Tom is available for consultation and speaking engagements on subjects from politics to marketing. Tom writes in the style of William Buckley and George Will-- intellectual discussions about today's political topics. His complete collection of essays is now available on Amazon-- "The Conservative Chronicles" as well as various other books on modern American political thought.
Katie is a native Arizonan. She earned a degree in Communications from Grand Canyon University and worked at a resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where she became fluent in Spanish. She is a staunch advocate for the unborn, volunteers for pro-life organizations and currently serves in children’s ministry at her church. She served as the Arizona state coordinator for the Rick Santorum Presidential campaign and is currently the Arizona chairwoman for Rick Santorum’s Patriot Voices. Katie has an extensive background in television/media and was recently the Communications Director for a U.S. Congressional candidate. She writes on issues foreign and domestic on her website The Conservative Cut. She holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys singing jazz and the standards.
Exurban Kevin Creighton
Kevin Creighton (aka ExurbanKevin) is the self-described physical embodiment of NAFTA: He’s a Canadian living in the U.S. who speaks fluent Spanish. He’s also, (in ascending order of importance), a former professional photographer, recovering nerd, online marketing guru, father to two adorable boys, husband to a wonderful woman and a servant of the King. Kevin blogs about politics at Exurban League and his self-defense and gunblog is Misfires And Light Strikes. When he's not blogging (which isn't all that often...), he's probably playing with his sons or cooking a meal for his family or listening to 80's alternative music or off at a shooting range somewheres.
You know our Founding Fathers had a lot of flaws, but they did understand human nature quite well. Perhaps their own flaws gave them insight as to what men might do, given the means and the opportunity.
Back in the 1700’s they witnessed first-hand what men would do given the opportunity and they came up with a plan to prevent anyone from killing their children wantonly.
They decided it was best if they would have armed guards in schools, just in case an enemy decided to strike at a soft target instead of a military one. To accomplish this defense would not be easy so they devised this scheme in order to make it easy to guard schools and at the same time prepare young men for violence.
To start with, they encouraged all young men to learn to use a gun at an early age, perhaps as early as 12 or 13. In this way, guns would not be feared when they got older, and each man knew how to use a gun well, and would learn to shoot at an early age. The American frontier was a dangerous place, filled wild animals and hostile natives. It was important that a young man learn to defend himself and prepare for the rigors of life, so each father took their sons out and taught them to shoot.
A long gun would be in each home for self-defense. They also decided that the same gun could be used in time of national crisis—when enemies arrived either by overland crossing or by landing at the docks, a herald was sent by horseback from town to town warning those that were equipped with it to be ready in a minutes notice. They were called “Minutemen” and would fill in as a stopgap until the colonial army could arrive.
Furthermore, teachers had the ability to carry guns. In the early days of American life, women learned to shoot as well, or at least had the rudimentary skill at firing a weapon. Schoolhouses, even in some of the bigger cities, were places where a shotgun or rifle would be found leaning in the corner and were commonplace. The teacher was often the only one in town with the kids while the men were out hunting, so it was important that they knew how to use a gun, and could fire it with some skill.
This was a great plan, it was easy, efficient and cheap to implement. Moreover, our kids were safe and the plan allowed for a supplementary defense force to the regular army. They didn’t have a standing police force in those days, so it was a plan that allowed also for prevention of crime and malicious behavior.
The greatest thing about the plan is that it reduced the need for standing forces like police and armies. The Founders believed that these types of forces could be used against a population as much as it could an enemy. Thus without a pressing need for police and armies, you did not have a need for heavy taxation, and what taxes you did collect could be used for things like public works, roads and bridges. This also expanded the economy, and made people wealthy.
What was this great plan, one we abandoned for the most part years ago?
It was called the 2nd Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms. We even put it in writing so that future generations would understand its importance.
So the next time someone suggests that we hire guards for schools, tell them that we have them already in America, thank you very much. We can defend ourselves.