April 19, 2013

Sheepdogs for Lambs: Meaningful Action in Schools

Tragic recent events have restarted a debate in Washington about what politicians can to do to protect school children. President Obama has called for “meaningful action” to prevent killings. I agree, we need meaningful action.

As I listened to the news reports, I realized that there is nothing that politicians can do to prevent school shootings, but that doesn’t mean that nothing can be done.

Since the Gun Control Act of 1968 following the Kennedy assassination, we have seen a parade of ineffective attempts at gun control which have done nothing to prevent violence. Criminals and terrorists do not obey laws. Lawyers and legislators know little about guns and violence.

What did stop this particular coward was armed men and women. As soon as the police arrived, he killed himself. This is common in these kinds of crimes.


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  • QuintEastwood

    I don't like the idea of Policemen sitting in classrooms and eating in the cafateria's of these schools. I agree having police on the schoolgrounds AND training the teachers that want to carry. The teachers should get and qualify for carry permits if they want to. I'm not talking about your basic safety course training. I'm talking about courses specifically aimed at training them for different situations that might come up in a school building. With teachers carrying and 1 or 2 policemen on the grounds and signs posted all around that this area is protecting with firearms,then we won't have anymore Columbines and Sandy Hooks.

  • SEAN SPOONTS

    My disagreement is a tactical one.  You have to try and think like the killer does.  He wants defenseless people in an enclosed space and 10-20 minutes to kill as many as possible.  When armed resistance arrives he will kill himself or he expects to be shot by the police.  By allowing teachers to carry concealed(and get rid of those stupid "Gun Free Zone" signs and laws) you create uncertainty in the mind of the killer.  He can't count on a defenseless herd of sheep.  He has no idea who has a gun let alone if they are off that day or called out sick.  He can't plan on knowing the defenses of the school(and they do plan these things).It makes him uncertain that he will have his 10-20 minute killing window.  The hope is that he will drop the school as a target.  The problem is, he moves to another defenseless target; a school bus, post office or crowded bar.  The target will shift.  What we really have to do is go after and deal with the dangerous socio-paths that are out there.

  • SEAN SPOONTS

    My disagreement is a tactical one.  You have to try and think like the killer does.  He wants defenseless people in an enclosed space and 10-20 minutes to kill as many as possible.  When armed resistance arrives he will kill himself or he expects to be shot by the police.  By allowing teachers to carry concealed(and get rid of those stupid "Gun Free Zone" signs and laws) you create uncertainty in the mind of the killer.  He can't count on a defenseless herd of sheep.  He has no idea who has a gun let alone if they are off that day or called out sick.  He can't plan on knowing the defenses of the school(and they do plan these things).It makes him uncertain that he will have his 10-20 minute killing window.  The hope is that he will drop the school as a target.  The problem is, he moves to another defenseless target; a school bus, post office or crowded bar.  The target will shift.  What we really have to do is go after and deal with the dangerous socio-paths that are out there.

  • triathlete98

    Shouldn't all students be given the same protection as say a very high ranking politician's kids?  It doesn't have to be by the secret service but I am sure parents whose kids go to a school with secret service protection rarely worry if there school is safe or not.  My  .02 cents worth.

  • Kendoist4162

    We can talk/type all frickin day.... No plan is going to be perfect, so why don't we implement and adapt as we go? Each municipality will have it's own nuances so local teams are the way to go IMO.