I could not agree more with the idea that someone should be armed on each and every school campus in the country is nothing but good thinking and sensible “emergency prep” for those institutions. The number of authorized armed should be commensurate with the size of the campus and the response time for any area of the campus.
I was a school teacher and principal for almost 40 years. We were required to have a fire drill each month or an earthquake drill or what was called an intruder drill. The intruder drills were a joke. They consisted of locking doors, turning off lights, and/or sitting the kids against a wall. None of these would be effective against a determined, armed, nutcase. To top it off, someone was to then go out and see what the person was doing there. That was usually me, the principal. Do I have a concealed pistol permit? Yes. did I have my gun on campus? No. I would have lost my job. Yet, I was responsible for the safety and lives of 800 kids an a hundred adults on my campus. I think you begin to see my issue.
Fire drills. To my knowledge there have been very few people killed or injured in school fires, across the nation, yet we have a drill a month. Earthquakes? We had one that did minimal damage to our building in the time I was working. Should we be prepared? Absolutely. But we should also be prepared for the armed crazy that comes on campus and kills people. How many have been killed by such people in the past 20 years? Too many!!!! It is ironic that school people are least prepared to deal with the one emergency that is the most likely to happen!!
I am beginning to ramble here, but this is a sore spot for me.
One, well trained, armed person on each campus would do nothing but keep people safe. The time worn adage that if you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns, was made for school campuses. Making schools zones,”No Gun” zones is a joke. Will a crazy obey such a sign?
Anyway, I think the video is good food for thought, I like the people who are pictured. They are rational, “normal” looking people, not wild-eyed “gun nuts”. Put aside irrational fears, look at good statistics and think safety. A solution to gun violence in schools is, arm a “good guy” before a “bad guy” shows up and has his will with the kids. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel!!!
I agree with you that we should have campus carry. The University closest to me, University of Nevada Reno, had a proposal awhile back that faculty could carry provided they completed the campus police training for it. It would leave staff and students SOL, but it would be better than nothing. I was really disappointed it didn’t pass.
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