Why WA Sheriff Won’t Enforce New Gun Control Laws

Klickitat County, WA Sheriff, Bob Songer, is raising eyebrows by his statement that he will not enforce Washington State’s new gun control laws. Read more


Arm staff to stop killers quickly and keep school children safer

What is the answer to keeping children as safe as they can possibly be in schools? Read this Op-ed by Laura Carno on Keeping Schools Safe.


Armed teachers deserved the best training available in order to protect our children. Visit


Armed Teachers: Their Time Has Come

By Laura Carno

July 29, 2017

What a different a year makes.

This time last year I returned to Colorado from Ohio, having taken part in a class that changed my life. The class is called FASTER, which stands for Faculty / Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response. The program offers medical and firearms training for school staffers authorized to be armed on their campus. It began in Ohio, where Buckeye Firearms Foundation has trained this curriculum to more than 1,000 school staff members in the past five years.

I don’t work in a school, so how did attending FASTER change my life?

When I got back from Ohio, I wrote a blog called Keeping Kids Safe in a Broken World. I was in awe of those who attended the class.

  • Teachers
  • Principals
  • Janitors

They all vowed to place themselves between bullets and kids as part of training to learn how to stop the threat in order to save lives. Heroes all.

I was committed to bringing this lifesaving training to Colorado’s schools.

Less than 11 months later, Coloradans for Civil Liberties (CCL) and Independence Institute brought FASTERtraining to Colorado’s school staff members.

And the media took notice … regardless of ideology.

From Colorado’s local media like:

Denver’s ABC affiliateColorado Springs’ NBC affiliate, and the Denver Post;

to traditionally conservative outlets like:

The BlazeLouder with Crowder, and Heritage Foundation’s The Daily Signal;

to pro-gun publications like:

Bearing ArmsAmerica’s First Freedom, and Ammoland;

to traditionally liberal organizations like:

NPRWNYC in New York, and CNN Headline News;

to offers for me to write op-eds in:

The HillBreitbart, and The Greeley Tribune;

to international news websites like:

BBCSTV in Scotland, and various Latin American stations such as Prensa Latina.

In total, Colorado’s inaugural FASTER class has had nearly 80 media mentions. And nearly all of those mentions were neutral to positive in their coverage of armed staff.

That caught me by surprise. Even better?

All the mentions about CCL and Independence Institute providing this advanced FASTER training at little to no cost to the teacher, school or district, were positive.

There is growing national acceptance of the idea of armed teachers. Ohio has trained more than 1,000 school staff in the past five years. States like Pennsylvania are in the process of passing legislation to allow school districts to authorize staff members to be armed first responders on their campus.

Colorado has had this law on the books since 2004. Some states, such as Utah, have never disallowed the practice.

And there have not been any of the issues commonly pointed to by opponents of armed school staff, such as negligent discharge or students coming across the staff member’s firearm.

So what’s next?

If you are in Colorado and are a school staff member or school board member who wants to know more about this training, you can find out more information about the program. Or, just send me a note with how I can help.

If you are outside of Colorado and want information about bringing FASTER to your state, reach out to the great folks in Ohio who got this ball rolling.

If you love this idea of armed school staff, help us train those who are on our waiting list. In Colorado, we have enough on the waiting list to fill two more classes, and we’re currently raising money for partial or full scholarships for those who don’t have the budget for the full $1,000 class cost.

It’s easy for you to help, and it’s tax deductible.

Just go to Independence Institute’s contribution page to help us cover the cost of training. Be sure to type “FASTER” in the “Optional Contribution Description” field to make sure that your gift goes straight to FASTER Colorado.

Join me in this mission to keep Colorado’s school children as safe as they can possibly be.

Photo Credit: Complete Colorado

Be sure to check out


How You Can Protect Yourself from Attackers

Editor’s Note: I often write about a woman’s right to choose her own self-defense. Although my choice is a firearm, not everyone feels comfortable making that choice. Jess Walter is one of those, and she is an advocate for stun guns. Take a look at her well thought out article.

~ Laura Carno

Women should not have to fear abuse or violence, wherever they are in the world. The unfortunate truth is that they do, and with good reason. Woman can do everything they want, we can paint, decorate houses,  do cabinet installation systems, be lawyers, doctors, and anything they can imagine, so why do people believe we can’t take care of ourselves?
This is why women need to be able to learn how to defend themselves against attackers. There are ways of protecting yourself that could save your life if something ever occurs. If you like to have to have all the proper machines to work on the garden you need to have a Cordless Pole Hedge Trimmers, in you can find the best models of cordless pole hedge trimmers

What Do the Statistics Say?

Every year, an average of 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. This all adds up to more than 10 million people being abused within just one year.  These statistics come straight from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. You can see why its important women are able to defend themselves from physical abuse. Another shocking statistic is the fact that there are over 20,000 calls made to domestic violence hotlines across the nation every single day. This is an appallingly high number of calls from terrified women across the country.

How Should You Protect Yourself?

There are a few ways to protect yourself, however, not all will be viable depending on your situation. If your abuser is controlling you, then it might be difficult to take a self-defense class. Arming yourself is a possibility, though. Weapons like stun guns are available throughout most of the country, but you will need to check the laws relevant to your state before purchasing one. You wouldn’t want to be caught with a stun gun in a state where they are illegal. With a stun gun, you will be able to stop your assailant without mortally wounding them. After this, the police will be able to deal with them, and you will be able to stay safe. Personal defense is almost a life or death weapon nowadays, but the defense of your home is almost or just as important, if you want to avoid problems or structure damages caused by a bad water control, view page like this one to learn more.

Pepper spray, or Mace, is legal to carry in all states, though some states still have certain restrictions on it. This includes states like Arkansas, where it cannot exceed a weight of more than 4 ounces, or Delaware, where it can’t be possessed by minors and must only be used for self-defense. Despite this, it is a good alternative to a stun gun, and can be hidden discreetly in a bag or pocket. If you are traveling, then pepper spray must be in your baggage, and cannot be contained in carry-on bags or purses.

Have A Plan

It is also wise to make a safety plan. Planning in advance how you would respond in different situations can be the difference between getting away and serious harm. It is also a good idea to keep important emergency numbers like local Women’s Shelters with you at all times.


Not One More Dime Radio Ad

As part of her campaign against Ballot Measure 2, Laura has created a new radio ad.

Please donate to help keep this ad on the air.


Check out NRATV here


Not One More Dime

By Laura Carno

March 1, 2017

Warning: Mayor John Suthers and City Council Want to Raid TABOR

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and City Council want to take even more of your hard-earned money.


They are using a lawful mechanism to keep money that belongs to the taxpayers by misleading the voters in to thinking that there are no other alternatives to fund essential City services.

Back in 2015, I wrote a blog called Government Should Turn Over Every Stone Before Asking Us For More Money. At the time, I was talking about issues on the ballot then, including Colorado Springs issue 2C, also known as the “pothole tax.”

What I meant by my 2015 blog title is that since every dollar government spends is a dollar you and I earned, they should literally look everywhere in the existing budget for money they could reprioritize for essential services —before they ask us for more money.

That doesn’t seem like much to ask from our public servants, does it? It’s why Colorado passed the Taxpayer Bill Of Rights (TABOR).

But when ballots drop on March 11th for the April 4th election, Mayor John Suthers will again be picking our pockets asking us to pay more taxes. It’s called Ballot Measure 2, and here is the text of the measure:


What this means in normal language is that the city would like to keep the TABOR overage instead of refunding it to us. And TABOR means that politicians must ask us for permission before raising our taxes, or to keep excess tax revenues.

Ballot Measure 2 is the City of Colorado Springs asking for permission —because it’s our money and TABOR requires them to ask. Which is also why we love TABOR. It reminds politicians that the money belongs to us.

This will be the third such increase that Mayor Suthers has been in support of since he was elected in May of 2015. Even before he was elected, Suthers proposed 2C, referred to as the “pothole tax”, which eventually passed.

I ran a campaign against 2C here and here, but was outspent over 50 to 1.

Then in January of this year, Suthers joined a coalition of politicians to raise taxes for roads state-wide, an initiative launched by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. But taxpayers in Colorado Springs already pay City sales tax for Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority (PPRTA), the 2C “pothole tax”, and regular sales taxes that go into the general fund, some of which goes to road work.

And now Mayor Suthers and the City Council want even more of our money by keeping the TABOR overage that is owed to the taxpayers. The ballot measure says the money will go to StormWater projects.

The next logical questions then are, “Should we give them more of our hard earned money? Have they demonstrated that they have made prudent decisions with our money thus far?”

Has Mayor Suthers looked under every stone to redeploy money in the ever-growing City budget before asking us for more?

Let’s take a look at a small sample of the spending priorities for the City of Colorado Springs, where the City’s General Fund Budget has tripled in the past 20 years:

  • The City of Colorado Springs wasted $10,000 of taxpayers’ hard earned money on the failed Research Bike Lane Experiment that most people in the area neither needed nor asked for. The city also employs a bike path planner at a salary of $60,000 per year, whose position compels her to look for such projects.
  • 2C, the 2015 “pothole tax”, was sold as raising more revenue for roads, with the promise that general fund money would then be free to fund StormWater expenses. What happened to that freed up money?
  • Did you know you are paying for a City Pharmacy with deeply discounted prices for City employees? Is there a reason City employees don’t go to a commercial drug store like the rest of us do? Hardworking taxpayers are footing the bill for this.
  • You are also paying for City employees to go to a free City medical clinic. Look at all the wellness freebies you pay for, but get no benefit from. Why should taxpayers be on the hook for these luxuries when most of us don’t have these kinds of platinum-level benefits? Why can’t City employees go to a regular doctor’s office, just like the rest of us? Should Shaving For Bald Men even be a thing for some people only, shaving needs are for everyone just as is the rest of our health and wellness!

Again, are Mayor Suthers and the City Council responsibly spending our tax money now? Do they deserve more of it? The obvious answer is: No.

We haven’t heard one word from Mayor Suthers since he was elected in 2015 about finding efficiencies in the budget. Not one word about redirecting money to the highest priority services in the City. Not one word about looking at outsourcing to save our precious tax dollars. Not one word.

Instead of trying to do anything to make government more efficient and effective, Mayor Suthers and the City Council seem focused on growing government and raising taxes.

And if I were a betting person, I’d bet we will see even more tax increases after the April City Council election. Watch specifically for them to bring back the failed 2014 StormWater Enterprise, along with its mandatory fee.

We will hear all kinds of spin: It’s for the cops, or the kids, or some other cause that intends to pull at our heartstrings. But the fact remains that as long as we have frivolous expenditures like bike path planners and City pharmacies and free medical clinics, the voters of Colorado Springs should take a stand. Not one more dimeuntil they reprioritize our hard earned tax dollars on essential services.

Take a stand against politicians who forget that every dollar they spend is a dollar you and I earned. Ballot Measure 2 is just wrong.

Check out the original post here


What Difference Does It Make?

By Laura Carno

January 15, 2017

What Difference Does It Make? A Case For Book Reviews.

As a newer author, I’m accustomed to asking readers to post a review on I get a lot of feedback from readers about what they found interesting about my book, how it made them feel differently about an aspect of politics, or how it caused them to re-think a deeply held belief or political position.

I always ask them to share their thoughts as a review on Amazon, because of the benefits to both the reader and the author.

Posting Amazon book reviews does a few things:

  • Reviews provide information to prospective purchasers that helps them decide whether or not they might like the book
  • The 5-star rating system helps purchasers determine at a glance how much others liked the book
  • Reviews are a feedback mechanism to the author about what people enjoyed, or didn’t enjoy about the book
  • Reviews get the author plugged in to the secret Amazon algorithms that cause the book to be “plugged” on different parts of the site

If you already own a copy of my book, Government Ruins Nearly Everything, and haven’t yet written a review, I hope you will consider doing so.

What difference does a review make? A lot of difference, and it only takes a minute.

What’s that you say? You don’t have your own copy of Government Ruins Nearly Everything yet? Here is a sample of some of the 5-star reviews that other readers have posted, so that they can help you decide whether to buy a copy:

I would highly recommend that high schools incorporate this book in Political Science Classes

This is the most well balanced informative political book that I have ever read. The author gave a fair factual balance of views from both sides of the aisle. With all these hard line books out there, it was a pleasure to read this one. I would highly recommend that high schools incorporate this book in the Political Science Classes. It’s that good.

Laura Carno has written an excellent book on choice verses government control

Clear, concise and cogent. Laura Carno has written an excellent book on choice verses government control. She reminds the reader of the proper role of government which is to protect our rights, mediate disputes, and defend the nation. Period. Not afraid to confront the “Fireworks” issues of Abortion, Guns, Schools and Same-Sex marriage, Carno shares stories and insights, with many solutions to these hot button issues. A good primer for those who want a better understanding of how to reclaim social issues from government control and let the free market of ideas and interactions work. A good discussion book for a book club.

Choose personal freedom over government coercion.

Meticulously researched, but not in an intimidating fashion. Equally well-reasoned and expressed, and easy to read. Should be encouraged especially for socially and politically disaffected young people.


This is an awesome book! Every politician, government employee and every citizen in the US should read it! The solutions to the major issues facing our country offered by the author were real, practical and eye opening. Amazing. Everyone should read it!

Fantastic easy read that will change how you think about government’s role in our lives

Read that will change how you think about politics and the government’s role in our lives! Great for young people….

I hope these reviews have piqued your curiosity, and have encouraged you to purchase your first copy of Government Ruins Nearly Everything, or to buy an additional copy for a friend.

It’s available at in paperback, Kindle and Audible versions. If you are looking for a signed copy, you can order one here.

I regularly do speaking engagements that include book signings. Connect with me on Facebook or Twitter to be informed of upcoming events in your area. If you have an event you would like to talk about, take a look here and let me know more about your event.

Thank you!


See the original post here


Government Ruins Research Parkway

By Laura Carno

November 25, 2016

Colorado Springs residents who live, visit or shop on the north side of town are familiar with Research Parkway. Between the Briargate Parkway and Academy Boulevard exits from I25, it is a main thoroughfare for residents on the east side of Colorado Springs to get to their jobs in Briargate, or downtown via the Interstate. And it’s a big, wide road as its name Research Parkway would indicate —3 lanes on each side, with a lovely landscaped median in the middle.

Imagine the surprise of those who use Research Parkway when, on September 28th 2016, the City of Colorado Springs removed one lane on each side of Research Parkway and turned them in to buffered bike lanes. This means that a full car lane is taken up with a buffered portion and a bike lane portion.

This seems odd, because Research Parkway already has a sidewalk on each side of the street. The south sidewalk is 10 feet wide and was constructed with the express intent of pedestrians and cyclists sharing that sidewalk.

In October, area residents launched a Facebook Page called Restore Research, and a website of the same name. On both pages, they have posted their reasons for being opposed to the bike lanes and the manner in which they were implemented. They also have a petition that will be delivered to City officials who are behind this project. They encourage petition signers to write a message to these officials in addition to simply signing the petition.

The change to Research Parkway isn’t the only change of concern to city residents. Another group called Safer CC is concerned about the safety of Colorado College students in the Old North End Neighborhood in the face of the city pushing a similar proposal there. Safer CC has responded with a website, Facebook page and petition of their own.

And all of this is happening while other cities —including Boulder Colorado— that have tried similar redesigns have rolled them back. Why? They cite worse congestion and more accidents.

So, why all the attention to bike lanes in the City of Colorado Springs? In March, the city hired Kate Brady to be its Senior Bicycle Planner. In an interview, Brady admits that, “change is hard,” but residents wonder why city officials made the decision without the consent of those who use Research Parkway. Mayor John Suthers said, “We do know that there is an adjustment factor,” while residents wonder why they should be the ones adjusting.

Colorado Springs currently has a Silver designation with the League of American Bicyclists. In order to have a Gold designation, the League suggest cities take three steps:

  • Hire full-time bicycle coordinator and provide funding to implement a comprehensive program
  • Continue to develop on-street bikeway network and improve crossings where trails intersect roadways
  • Expand bicycle education efforts in elementary and secondary schools

Just doing some quick math here, it seems that the City of Colorado Springs is looking to raise its status with the League of American Bicyclists by making decisions without regard to the opinions of the citizens it impacts.

When I authored the book Government Ruins Nearly Everything, I encouraged ordinary Americans to take a stand when their government makes decisions that create problems or when it makes problems worse. I applaud the efforts of Restore Research and Safer CC for taking a stand to hold their government accountable.

Join these groups, sign their petitions, and demand a government that knows whom it serves.

See the original post here.