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0314_School Shootings: Isn’t It Time to Arm Teachers? – February 2018 — letter from a friend

Donna Jack
March 17, 2017

A friend of mine sent this to me several days ago.  It is well thought out.

It has been ludicrous [stupid or unreasonable and deserving to be laughed at] to make schools gun free zones (the federal law put into place in 1990).  This irrational law has only guaranteed that all our public school children and teachers are sitting ducks — inviting evil people to shoot at the innocent ones in schools.
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A letter written by a friend:
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It seems that every time there is a highly publicized mass shooting in America these days, instead of grieving the loss of life and blaming the actual perpetrator, we are treated to an immediate knee-jerk attack by the media and politicians on law abiding gun owners, gun organizations, and even the 2nd Amendment itself.

However, rather than be distracted by the politics of gun ownership in America, we need to have a frank discussion about what we can do right now to make our children more safe.

Should we increase surveillance and reporting?  This may help with deterrence.  Yet the Parkland school had monitored security cameras, and there were multiple contacts with the shooter over the years by school administrators and law enforcement (including tips called in to the FBI).  These measures did not stop the killer.

Perhaps we should install metal detectors and have security personnel pat down students and visitors, like we do at stadiums and airports?  This too may help, although it tends to result in crowds forming at choke points (creating an easy target for a truck, bomb, or shooter).  It also doesn’t prevent the killer from pulling the fire alarm to bring everyone outside.

What about “better” background checks?  Unfortunately, this will not stop someone with murder in their heart.  Even if a person has been banned from owning a firearm due to their age, criminal record, or mental health history, it’s not difficult to acquire a gun through an illegal “straw purchase” (having someone else buy it for you).  Firearms can also be readily obtained on the black market.

Some propose banning the sale of certain types of firearms (or even banning them  [firearms] altogether).  However, we can’t make guns go away, any more than we can make knives and pressure cookers go away.  Guns have been manufactured for hundreds of years, and semi-automatic firearms have been around since the 1800’s.  The technology is fairly simple, and you can make your own semi-automatic firearm with a drill press and a file. Continue reading