The height of insanity, as they say, is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So if what you are doing aint working try something else.
Grab a cup of coffee, it is a long one.
Another shooting in a gun free zone, this time at a school in Texas. Was just recently we had another in Florida, Marion County. The shooter in Texas was a student at the school he attacked, the two in Florida were former students of the schools they attacked.
The fact that these schools were gun free zones did little, actually nothing, to dissuade these three villains. In fact it only made things safer for the perpetrators of these violent acts. The only opposition they faced was a SRO, the one in Broward County failed(to put it mildly), the one in Marion County was “Johnny on the spot” though the villain had already surrendered to a teacher. There was also a school shooting in Maryland not too long ago, that SRO also responded in a timely manner, and again the shooting was in-progress.
So let us look at what is not working.
What is not working is the gun free zones of our school system. Being a gun free zone has not deterred a school shooter. I don’t believe it ever has or ever will. That sign only has an effect on law-abiding citizens. I have often wondered just what prompted the primary, secondary and post-secondary school campuses to be legislated into gun free zones. Was it because of just one incident or a series of incidents? Was it a knee-jerk reaction to a tragedy? Was there suddenly an epidemic outbreak of guns at schools? They say that “Life is a two-way street”. Life in a gun free zone is a one-way street. If an attack occurs the bullets are only going in one direction towards the intended victim, that is until armed help shows up.
So what about the SRO, is it working? Yes and no. Much like the cop on the beat he can not be everywhere at once, but his or her presence is or can be a deterrent. Think about this, would you “blow through” a red light if there was a cop car sitting at the intersection? Of course you would not. The SRO much like most law-enforcement waits for a call for service during his or her patrol. If he or she observes something in the course of there patrol they are expected to take appropriate action. When it comes to preventing crime, police presence can deter crime, but is no guarantee, some criminals are determined and will proceed no matter what. In a shooting situation the SRO only responds after the first shot is fired. The cop on the beat responds to a crime in progress.
There is a more important question, concerning the SRO, and that question is why is there a necessity of having law-enforcement in our schools? I believe that the SRO is in the school system because some of the student body is “off the chain”, no self-control(self-discipline) the total lack of the ability to “police” themselves and no respect and the fact that the school system has lost control of the schools and the students. I do not believe for a moment that the SRO was ever put in place to respond to a shooting, that task has just been added to his or her list of responsibilities.
Further gun control measures directed at the law-abiding gun owning citizens. This one speaks for its self. Criminals are not going to care one iota about staying within the law.
I think everyone can agree on the fact that these types of shootings should never happen again. But for even a chance to at least limit these acts we must first abandon the failed course we have taken, in other words it is time to make a “hard pivot”. The left likes to say; “If these measures save even one life then they are worth it”. There is no evidence that gun free zones or the associated signage have ever saved a life, not one. I would wager that no armed criminal has ever walked away because a sign said the citizens therein were unarmed. There is also no evidence that a SRO has ever prevented a single school shooting, the two schools in Florida had an SRO, and still shootings occurred. Therefore it is time to try something else.
Let us then look at and examine some other approaches that could be considered. One could also look at the chances of success.
In my school days, back in the last ice age, we did not ever see a cop at school much less have one posted at the school. In High School, I would venture to say that almost all of the pick-up trucks in the student parking lot had a gun in it, especially if it was hunting season yet we did not shoot each other. I would imagine there were guns in school staff cars and trucks as well. Something has changed. There was no need of an SRO in my day, but then again we were a respectful lot. Nowadays students being “off the Chain” is perhaps why the schools have and need a SRO.
So the current thinking is to harden the schools. The Broward and Marion county incidents prove that entry into schools is to easy, neither of these two chaps had any business being where they were. One possible thing is to have fewer entry and exit points(controlled). Installing metal detectors is another option. Is armed school staff an option? Yes and no. Depending on how the school is laid out arming the teachers may be a bad idea. If the classrooms are still laid out nowadays as they were in my school days having armed teachers is a stupid idea. In my day the teacher sat at the head of the class, farthest from the door with the students between the teacher and the door(the only exit, one way in and one way out). If a shooter were to enter the classroom the teacher if he or she responded would have to shoot over or through the students, running around in a panic. Arming administrative and support staff is a better option, but they must be willing to carry out that mission and undergo training. If they aint willing that option goes out the window. Carrying a firearm comes with great responsibility. That responsibility is why a lot of people choose not to carry a firearm. Using the firearm under stress is yet another matter. Then again there is the political machine(agenda)that must be overcome.
Would more SROs be an option? Yes, but they are expensive or maybe not. What ever happened to Reserve Deputies and Auxiliary Police Officers? You may remember, citizen law-enforcement, working with law-enforcement for free in their own communities. They had the same training as regular law-enforcement, had to pass the same background checks and had the same authority. Now the schooling is not free or cheap, nor is the in-service training. But something could be worked out to pay for the training and it may not be as expensive as one might think. I would venture to say that each and every community(school district)has many if not hundreds of capable and qualified citizens in their midst, retired military(including military police), retired law-enforcement(including correctional officers). Many of these would jump at the chance to serve again, they already have much of the training required and would have no problem with a background check. Speaking of training dollars, how many could have been trained with the money wasted watching shrimp on a treadmill? How many could be paid with the money given to abortion providers? But still the only deterrent offered is their presence.
School Protection Teams could be established, groups of trained and armed individuals patrolling the school grounds.
There are other things that could be considered. Like perhaps talking with the Israelis and finding out how they prevent mass shootings at their schools, if what I read is correct they have only had one. That one was years back and none since. Please do not use the argument that firearms in the hands of Israeli citizens is not as “prolific” as private firearm ownership here in America. Firearms have been in this country since the very beginning, these mass shootings are a product of recent times. It has been reported that there may be as many as 300,000,000 firearms in this country, if guns were a problem there would really be a problem. It is not the gun, it is the person with the gun. The hardening of the schools by arming the staff and placing a SRO in each school still invokes a reactionary approach. Perhaps it would be better to keep them out of the schools, the Israeli’s seem to have done that. The Israeli’s have found it easier to keep them out rather than fight them once them they get in. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure.
I as well as others have said that we do not have a gun problem, what we have is a people problem. It seems that nowadays violence is the first option. How many times has it been reported of an argument going straight to a shooting? Look at what happened just outside of Atlanta this past weekend, across the street from a graduation ceremony. People, some people, just have lost the art of communicating, they however are prone to violence. Back in my youth when we had a problem we first tried to talk it out(resolve it), after all reasonable attempts were exhausted we took it behind the field house and settled it there. There were even times where it was decided that the best course of action was to keep a respectable distance between the parties involved until things worked themselves out. They almost always did. Thing is that most involved became life-long friends. I my day violence was the last option considered and was the exception not the rule.
Perhaps something like a think tank could be formed to come up with a solution, a group of rational adults with no particular political motivation and no agenda. Well that just killed that idea. Seriously, we need to stop looking to government to do anything to prevent or to even limit mass shootings. It was government that gave us the gun free schools. The only thing government is good at is either spending or wasting money, even if it means that more money must be spent or wasted. Government thought they could eliminate poverty by giving people money they did not earn and certainly were not entitled to, today welfare is referred to as an entitlement. Their welfare created dependence on government as the producers earned more the moochers needed more. The two longest wars are the war on poverty and the war on drugs.
We need to look to “We the People” to come up with a solution.
A school uniform might lessen the school shootings. How many times has jealousy brought about acts of violence? Uniforms do make a person not in one to stand out as not belonging. I can hear it now, “My clothes are freedom of expression, you are trampling my rights”. Then there is always the left and “the poor cant afford school uniforms” crap. Hell, they cant even afford identification according to the left. How do they live? Private Schools have uniforms. Do not those student have rights also? Go ahead say how the poor cant afford private schools. I point this out, the parents that pay to send their children to private schools are also the one’s footing the bill to pay for the public schools, you know property taxes. They pay twice and still manage to fund the school uniforms, if you rent you pay nothing and still cant fund the school uniforms. Knock of the “pity party” and do better for yourself and your children.
How about we demand that that stupid sign be removed? You know the one that says, “Gun free zone”. Replacing it with one that has the wording similar to,
The Staff and Faculty herein is Heavily Armed, Highly Trained, Highly Motivated and Dedicated Beyond Belief and they will Use any Force necessary, up to and including Deadly Force, to protect the Lives and Well-Being of those placed in our Trust.
Stupid People Win Stupid Prizes.
Do Not Test Our Resolve.
This Is And Will Be Your Only Warning.
Whether or not it is true(the statement on the proposed sign)the above warning may give “pause” to someone with evil intentions. The other sign certainly has not. After all, using the logic of the left, “if it only saves one life it would be worth it”.
By the way, if memory serves schools are also “drug free” zones, the schools must be very successful at combating drugs while failing miserably at keeping guns out of schools. We are not bombarded with coverage of drug busts at schools, the schools must have won the war on drugs. If the schools have won the war on drugs, please tell the federal government your secret, it appears they could use some help. My guess is that drugs are prevalent yet we hear nothing of the drugs.
Maybe the media should end the practice of constantly showing the face of and mentioning the name of the villain. Yesterday nobody even heard of that POS and as soon as the deed is done the face and the name of the POS is everywhere. Instant recognition, now everybody knows their name, much like the so-called talent shows that invade the homes(by invitation)almost nightly. Instant fame. When a person wins one of those “talent shows” how many are inspired by the fame and recognition. How many are inspired by those who carry out these vile acts, because of the coverage they get? Mention their name once, either that whoever is now dead or captured. If the POS was captured the name should be mentioned once more when a guilty verdict comes in. Unless there is a man-hunt underway we should never see their face of hear their name again. The only story that needs to be told is the story of the victims.
Perhaps the answer is as simple as the adults regaining control of the children. Parents are not meant to be friends with their children. Parents need to be parents, they are responsible for raising their off-spring. It seems that in the lives of some or most children today there is no discipline, none from their parents and those that are old enough to practice self-discipline are severely lacking in that arena. There was a time when I saw children I saw the next generation of citizens and it offered great hope for the continued success of this great Republic. In my outings to the local China-mart that vision sadly disappears. What I see is the next generation of inmates. When I see their parents I do not have to wonder why the child is behaving in such a manner. The parent, most often singular, does not give a crap how unruly their child is much less what the child does in the store. The child is a product of their upbringing or the lack of it, a reflection of the parent and life at home with the child being worse that the parent. When those children grow up and have children of their own they will be worse yet. The breakdown in society begins at the home and is only amplified outside the home and over time.
If the parent/s step up to the plate(become parents)most of this may fix itself and would not cost a dime. If it saves even one life it would be worth it.
Or just keep doing what you are doing and let the “village” raise your children and this crap will never stop. What we are doing aint working.