History Channel's 'Top Shot' winner gives his views on gun control
ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) -
History Channel's Top Shot third-season winner, Dustin Ellermann, might be a master marksman, but in the wake of the Connecticut shooting that killed twenty-six people last week, he is also voicing his opinion on gun rights.
"It is wrong for the government to disarm you and make you a helpless victim where ever you are. Gun safe zones are stupid and foolish and there's some sort of illogical mindset that if we put up zones, that we are safe and that's not true," Ellermann said. "Bad guys are bad no matter what. If someone's bent on murder, he's going to do so and they pick the places where they can wreak the most havoc."
Earlier this week, President Barack Obama ordered his administration to come up with a new proposal to curb gun violence. Speaking at the White House, the President said it's time to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, and that the massacre of little children was a wake up call to everyone.
"We won't prevent them all, but that can't be an excuse not to try. It won't be easy," President Obama said.
Gun sales spiked over the weekend as people rushed to get their hands on weapons. Ellermann believes it's because people are beginning to realize they have the ability to protect themselves with arms.
"You can't look for other people to be responsible for you and to keep you safe and to use common sense and situational awareness. That's every person's own responsibility," Ellermann said.
Right now, Texas law states anyone 21-years-old or over can obtain their Concealed Handgun License or purchase a handgun. 18-year-old's are allowed to purchase a rifle, which is a firearm with a longer barrel from a dealer or private seller.
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, whether he has a badge or not. Think of it this way...if a cop had stopped the murder would that have been awesome? Yeah, it would've been great. What if it had been an armed security guard? That would have been awesome, too. What if it was just a volunteer with a gun that heard the noise and stopped them short? That would be great. Why not a teacher?" Ellermann explained. "Why are we legislating and disarming the good guys and putting them in a criminal safe zone? It's just a criminal protection act is what a gun safe zone is."
Texas lawmakers are discussing new legislation to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons at school. Current law allows a school district to permit concealed handguns for specific personnel.
The "Protection of Texas Children Act," would permit schools to appoint a member of their faculty, who has had the proper training, to act as a school marshal. This act would also allow teachers to carry concealed weapons.
"I'm not saying arm everybody. I'm not saying mandatory security training for the teachers. But these teachers love their kids, they want to protect them," Ellermann said.
In 2011, there were more than 518,600 active concealed handgun licenses in the state.