Do you read In From the Cold? It’s a compelling stop in the blogosphere for those of us who have lived normal lives — “normal” in the sense that we’ve never been out in the cold doing the sometimes dangerous and always necessary work that rough men have to perform to keep things going around here.
This time, go see how school shootings can be prevented…how they have been stopped in their tracks. Hint: dialogue with those who would shoot or torture children isn’t an option. Beslan’s carnage — which converted Columbine to a small blip on the radar — should have cured forever the Dialogue-to-the-Death-Ditherers. But it didn’t: open your local newspaper and see them, still dithering with Iran.
Spook86 notes telling comparisons between, say, the Chicago school systems’ preparedness (none) and those of other school districts in this country. He has the information on how Israel stopped the jihadist practice of terrorizing schools, combined with a positive experience here. And, no, in neither case did they use carrots to stop the bad guys:
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Even among districts with an anti-terrorism plan in place, there is virtually no discussion of another option for increasing school safety: arming teachers and administrators. Israel implemented a similar program in the early 1970s, after a series of bloody Palestinian attacks on Israeli schools. Armed staff members were supplemented by parents who patrolled school grounds with automatic weapons; the attacks quickly stopped and the terrorists began to look for other targets. It’s also worth noting that the school shooting in Pearl, Mississippi, was halted by an assistant principal with a gun. When shots rang out, the principal retrieved the weapon from his car and confronted the gunman, who quickly surrendered.
To… umm, paraphrase Spook86, fat chance of that happening here on a wide basis. He says there are 100,000 schools in our country. Few of them are engaging in the requisite tough thinking required to protect our children, who are at the mercy of those from the psychological left, those who never met an enemy (besides conservatives) that they couldn’t love:
Local police departments, the NEA and the PTA would probably recoil in horror at the prospect of armed staff members and a “parent patrol” providing security on school grounds. But in a war where every town is a potential target, all options should be on the table, particularly if they provide a deterrent presence that could discourage or prevent terrorist attacks.
…77% of the nation’s schools lack security cameras; half do not have security personnel on campus. Seventy percent lock some, but not all, of their doors, and virtually all leave their front doors unlocked. In today’s potential threat environment, that’s tantamount to a welcome mat for your local psychopath—or an Al Qaida cell.
At the opposite end of the spectrum in keeping our children “safe,” see Education Wonk’s top post, the saga of an experienced, passionate school teacher who was suspended by her principal for taking children to an art museum — a field trip whose permit the principal herself signed. The children actually viewed — gasp! —nude statues. I’ll bet these are the same folks who ridiculed Attorney General Ashcroft for his views on nudity.
But synchronicity seems to be at work here, so if it’s any consolation, the Wonk’s post for today presents the question: Has The Time Come For Pistol-Packing Educators?
Hey, maybe this shark has been jumped? Lord, let’s hope so.
Meanwhile, if you can arrange your life to live in reduced circumstances or genteel squalor in order to protect your children by schooling them at home, I urge you do so. Having home-schooled the Baron’s Boy — a hair-tearing, exhilarating roller coaster ride — I can assure you it’s worth it not to feel that lump in your gut every time your kid disappears behind those school bus doors.
Consider the tradeoff: so you don’t go on expensive vacations. So you drive a cheap car. So you learn the fun of shopping at Goodwill and eating at home. But you get to keep your kid. Small price, I’d say. A kid in exchange for gadgets and gewgaws… you choose.
For me, the defining photograph to come out of Columbine was the one of the police SWAT team hiding behind the fire engine.
We had a similar incident in our town in around 1993, when a convicted drug dealer blew up the parking garage at the Federal Courthouse and then shot up the inside of the building. Several people bled to death while the police tried to “negotiate” with the shooter, who had killed himself within minutes of getting off the elevator.
It may be a local thing, but modern law enforcement seems pretty useless in a crisis.
Just hand out weapons to everyone as you enter the school property.
At first the morons will shoot it out, but then after they have eliminated each other, people will be petrified to enter a school with ill intent.
Same deal on a plane. Just hand out the UZI’s.
Seriously, last time I was on the Lexington Ave express, I think everyone WAS armed but me
I have absolutely no data on this so I could be utterly wrong, but it seems to me that these sorts of school shootings never seem to take place in inner city schools. I wonder why.
There isn’t enough trust in America today to allow for armed parents patrols. God knows I wouldn’t trust half the parents in my town with a gun around my kid. So many adults today are still children mentally and emotionally. Also, we aren’t bound to each other as a community the way the Jews of Israel are, or the way a military community is.
Your suggestion might work in some high trust, tightly knit communities, but that describes very few in America today.
American educators’ unions just won’t take responsibility, whether it’s to teach or to protect.
Considering that the most recent and publicized school shooting that just occured was in an Amish school house, isn’t the concept of arming teachers a bit silly? Because those Amish are really known for packing heat and all. There’s no way anybody could have foreseen or stopped the SOB that shot those girls in the schoolhouse. The community was removed from all the surrounding ones and there was very little communication technology due to the lifestyle. It’s not as if any of the kids were carrying cell phones to call for help.
The Amish massacre was an example of the fact that no one is safe. There are whackos everywhere.
MY solution was to keep your kids at home and raise the statistical chances of their making it to adulthood.
I noted the Israeli method (they are driven by necessity) and the Wisconsin proposal to demonstrate that the zeitgeist may be changing.
Like it or not, “gun control” raises the crime level. Check in with Mark Steyn. He has the stats on that…it being a rainy Saturday afternoon, I am too lazy to look them up, but I’m willing to direct you to a good starting source for data:
You could also check out Paul Belien’s “Brussels Journal” for a sad look at the opposite reality. His link is on the sidebar.
Anyway, kids at home are safer than kids in school.
The answer isn’t more government, it’s called the 2nd Amendment. Something that does not exist on school grounds.
Our children will come under attack – it’s not a matter if “if”, but “when”. While an “active shooter” scenario is quite possible in any school, the likelier threat is from terrorists. One book that fully analyzes the threat to our children through the lens of terrorism is Terror At Beslan. It should be required reading for anyone that has a child, or knows a child. That should cover just about everyone, eh?
I reviewed the book and interviewed the author here, if you’d like more info on it.
Here’s a possible solution
A course, called Critical Incident Response teach some possible responses to school shooter part of it involves students throwing objects and then rushing and tackling a gunman. It might be one answer to reducing the number of deaths at least. Better than hiding under your desk waiting for the police to save you.
Read more and see the video here.
Burleson Schools Training To Defend Against Gunmen
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