RELEASE: AINSWORTH AD CALLS FOR TEACHERS TO BE TRAINED, CERTIFIED, AND VOLUNTARILY ARMED TO STOP SCHOOL SHOOTER SITUATIONS

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Will Ainsworth on Monday began airing a new campaign commercial that promotes his plan to combat school shooter situations by training, certifying, and voluntarily arming teachers.

The ad may be viewed at this link: https://youtu.be/1comO-uS59E

“Our new ad should serve as a call to action because every school shooting that takes place in another state around the country brings us one step closer to an active shooter attacking classrooms here, in Alabama” Ainsworth said.  “Signs reading ‘Gun Free Zone’ are a magnet for those who wish to do harm, so we must provide teachers with the training, knowledge, and ability to defend their students with something more lethal than a ruler and a No. 2 pencil.”

Under the provisions of legislation Ainsworth introduced during the regular session, teachers and administrators who are approved by a local school board, local superintendent, and local law enforcement director may volunteer to undergo mental health evaluation and complete thorough law enforcement training in areas like firearms safety, crisis management, active shooter engagements, and hostile situations.  

Once certified, teachers would be authorized to voluntarily “carry, possess, store, or otherwise control an authorized weapon while on the premises of a public school.”  Much like undercover air marshals who are allowed to be armed on planes, the identities of armed educators will be provided to law enforcement agencies but otherwise kept confidential.  
Its script reads:

Following the deadly school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday, Ainsworth called  called on Gov. Kay Ivey to convene a special session on school safety so his legislation and other needed classroom security measures may be passed and put in place during the upcoming summer break.      

The new campaign ad for Ainsworth, who is a first-term member of the Alabama House representing portions of Marshall, Blount, and DeKalb counties, is part of a massive $1.2 million media buy placed by his campaign and currently airs on network and cable stations across the state as well as in on-line digital and social media formats.

OP-ED: FROM MORNING TO MIDNIGHT, ALABAMIANS ARE TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY

As featured in Alabama Today

From morning to midnight, Alabamians are taxed enough already

By Will Ainsworth

May 10, 2018


Consider the fact that from the moment you open your eyes in the morning until you close them again at night, you are being taxed.

The electricity that powers the light that you turn on as soon as you awaken and the water you use to shower and brush your teeth are taxed.

The over-the-counter medications that you take in the morning for headaches, allergies, or other conditions are taxed.

The car you drive to work and the gas and fluids that make it run are taxed.

The coffee you drink and the doughnut you eat for breakfast are taxed.

The salary you earn at work, the lunch you eat, and the landline that you use to talk to clients or customers are taxed, taxed, and taxed.

The Internet service that you use to send and receive emails is taxed.

The groceries you purchase on your way home are taxed.

The smartphone that sends your texts to friends and family is taxed, and the apps and games you download to it are taxed, as well.

The cable or satellite television that you watch before going to bed is taxed.

In addition to the levies that I named above, there are dozens of additional taxes that you pay each day.

My point is a simple one. Alabamians are taxed enough already.

That is why I have dedicated my term in the Alabama House toward fighting the tax raisers, combating new levies, and killing tax bills that were introduced.

Working alongside a group of deeply conservative freshman and sophomore House members, I helped block roughly $1 billion in taxes over the past four years.

When Robert Bentley proposed $700 million in new taxes in 2015, I was among the first legislators to oppose his plan and highlight his broken re-election campaign promise of “no new taxes.”

Alabama currently collects enough revenue to meet our needs and provide essential services, but our state government lacks the flexibility to shift money to meet emergencies and unexpected challenges.

In years past, whenever a new tax was approved, its proceeds were earmarked for one specific purpose or another. Some of these earmarks are constitutional, which means the voters, in their wisdom, dedicated the taxes to an agency, initiative, or spotlighted need during referendum elections.

Many of Alabama’s statutory earmarks, however, were put in place many years ago through back room bargains between lobbyists and long-retired politicians who no longer roam the State House halls. Removing these earmarks will allow us to avoid new taxes and set priorities based on need, not on decades-old, money-hoarding schemes that lobbyists locked into our budgets.

At 91 percent, we have the highest percentage of earmarked tax dollars in the nation. The national average is just 24 percent, and the next highest state behind Alabama is Michigan with 63 percent. Rhode Island is the lowest in the United States with only 4 percent of its tax revenues being earmarked.

Attempting to raise taxes without first addressing earmarking is like pouring water into a bucket that has a large hole in the bottom of it. No matter how much water you pour, the bucket is never going to fill up. That is why I sponsored legislation that attempted to plug the hole in the bottom of the bucket first and prevent any more trips to the taxpayers’ well.

My bill would have removed the statutory earmarks that exist in our code, which would allow us the freedom to budget like families gathered at the kitchen table – placing our bills on one side, our income on the other, and setting priorities that meet critical needs while living within our means.

Unfortunately, the same special interests that carved out those earmarks and the career politicians that do their bidding united against my legislation. If elected, I plan to use the bully pulpit of the lieutenant governor’s office to make another push for commonsense, conservative un-earmarking legislation

By right-sizing state government, attacking waste where it exists, and removing the handcuffs that earmarks present, Alabama can resolve its fiscal problems without forcing its citizens to pay more taxes.


State Rep. Will Ainsworth (R - Guntersville) is a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.  Elected to the Legislature in 2014, Ainsworth currently represents Alabama’s House District 27, which includes portions of Marshall, DeKalb, and Blount counties.

Yellowhammer: Gun Rights Group Endorses Will Ainsworth For Lieutenant Governor

BamaCarry, Alabama’s largest gun rights group that supports a strict constitutional interpretation oF the Second Amendment, on Wednesday announced its membership has endorsed State Rep. Will Ainsworth (R – Guntersville) in his bid for lieutenant governor.

“Throughout his time in the Alabama Legislature and in every vote he has cast, Will Ainsworth has proven to be a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and a strong supporter of gun rights for citizens across the state,” BamaCarry organizer Bruce Wade said.  “Will Ainsworth understands that gun free zones put law-abiding citizens in danger, and his plan allowing teachers to voluntarily carry firearms is the only proposal that will defend our classrooms and protect our children.”

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RELEASE: AINSWORTH PORTRAYS CAREER POLITICIANS AS MASKED BURGLARS IN NEW ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN AD AIRING STATEWIDE

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Will Ainsworth on Wednesday began airing a new campaign commercial that focuses on fighting government corruption and portrays career politicians as masked burglars.

“This ad acknowledges that those who steal from others to enrich themselves are criminals whether they wear a ski mask in a bank or a suit and tie in the Alabama State House,” Ainsworth said. “Far too often, career politicians lose their perspective, become numb to corruption, and fall prey to the temptations that the political systems offers. As a newcomer to public service, that is why I sponsored term limit legislation in the Alabama House, and it is why I’ll help ensure that politicians who engage in corruption will experience the inside of a jail cell.”

The new campaign spot for Ainsworth, who is a first-term member of the Alabama House representing portions of Marshall, Blount, and DeKalb counties, is part of a massive $1.2 million media buy placed by his campaign and currently airs on network and cable stations across the state as well as in on-line digital and social media formats.

The ad may be viewed here: https://youtu.be/hm-_q-A7tYA

Its script reads:

WILL: I’m Will Ainsworth. Would you be more worried if the career politicians holding Alabama’s future hostage looked like this?

VISUAL: AINSWORTH IN FOREGROUND AS BURGLARS EXIT BANK SAFE WITH BAGS OF MONEY WHILE WEARING SUITS, TIES, AND SKI MASKS

WILL: Career politicians might not wear masks and break in during the night, but they’re just as dangerous... they’re bought and paid for by special interests and they’re stealing from us.

VISUAL: BURGLARS IN MASKS AND SUITS PROWL THROUGH SAFE AND SHOVE STOLEN MONEY INTO BAGS

SUPER: WILL AINSWORTH FIGHT CAREER POLITICIANS STEALING FROM US

WILL: I’m Will Ainsworth. I’m a proud Christian conservative. And I’m ready to fight the Montgomery crooks and career politicians to save Alabama’s future.

VISUAL: AINSWORTH IN FOREGROUND WITH VAULT AND BURGLARS IN BACKGROUND

SUPER: WILL AINSWORTH. PROUD CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVE