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Political Correctness puts Connecticut Children at Risk

July 22, 2016

Public policies matter.  There is a real cost when public officials get it wrong.  Sometimes the price is paid with our children’s blood.  Politicians say that young lives matter.  Talk is cheap, particularly a politician’s promise.  In fact, the pensions of unionized government employees matter.  Political correctness leaves our children at risk.  Sadly, politics kills.

This is how we paid the price for bad policies.  Four years ago, a mass murderer at Sandy Hook Elementary School killed 26 people.  Some of the first victims were the school principal and guidance counselor who were shot and killed as they charged the murderer with their bare hands.  Connecticut state legislators and the local school boards made sure these defenders were unarmed.  Today, Connecticut politicians say that young lives matter, but actions speak louder than words.  In fact, the pensions of unionized government employees take priority in local budgets.  The Bridgeport, Connecticut School Board stopped paying for armed school safety officers.  That is only half the story.school union members testify.  Image from CTpost

Politicians protect their children with armed guards and trained EMTs, but not our children.  It simply costs too much money to protect our children from harm while the politicians have other promises to keep.  Our children are politically expendable.  They needn’t be.

We need to put risks into context to make good decisions.  It is unlikely that our local school will be attacked.  Rather than fill the school with armed police, some states chose to let teachers fill the shoes of first responders.  That is a good choice because trained school staff have an invaluable advantage in an emergency.  Time is everything in an emergency.  Seconds count in the race to save lives, and other first responders are many minutes away from campus.  School staff can respond in seconds.  School staff are really the preferred responders once you sweep political correctness aside.  Not in Connecticut.

Other states made different political decisions.  They sent school staff who already have their concealed carry permits to take additional training.  The teachers received additional firearms instruction and training in emergency trauma care.  These first responders learned to end the physical threat so they could treat the injured and save lives.  Today, these teachers go about their everyday jobs as they carry firearms and medical supplies on school grounds.  Not in Connecticut.

Connecticut school boards are empowered to make that choice as well, but they didn’t.  The school board in Sandy Hook, Connecticut could have made that choice before the mass murder four years ago.  Connecticut school boards could have made that decision yesterday.  Instead, the Bridgeport School board left our children unprotected.  Money talks, so let’s hear what budgets have to say.

Connecticut is a high tax state.  In theory, those tax funded government benefits are so valuable that people rush to live in Connecticut.  That is the theory.  That isn’t true in practice.  In practice, politicians use tax money to pay off their political contributors.  In practice, we make better choices with our money than politicians make with our tax money.  Highly taxed and highly regulated Connecticut is losing companies, losing jobs and losing people.  In 2012, Connecticut literally lost some young people as they were killed in an undefended public school.  Law enforcement and school boards put armed police in schools immediately after the Sandy Hook attack.  Now, with the Obama economy layering job losses on top of Connecticut regulations, there isn’t enough money budgeted to pay for armed school safety officers.  The Bridgeport School Board said the police department could fund armed school safety officers, but they wouldn’t.  School safety isn’t a political priority.

There are alternatives, but not for Connecticut politicians.  Political correctness stops armed adults from protecting Connecticut children.  It is a matter of time until politics kills again.  It doesn’t have to be that way, but, sadly, doing the same thing time after time will deliver the same result.

Connecticut citizens can change their politicians and their school boards.  If that doesn’t work, Connecticut citizens can move their children to the private schools that take safety seriously.   Connecticut families can join thousands of others and leave Connecticut for a better place to live.

I know that isn’t convenient.  It is only a matter of life and death.  Our children will pay with their lives.
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Greg Tag permalink
    July 22, 2016 9:48 am

    Mr Morse

    I guess that’s why I don’t live in Connecticut. On the other hand the gun free scourge is not limited to small Yankee states. Here in Texas the Dallas Independent School District as well as most major ISD’s have been reluctant to arm teachers – the unions don’t like the idea and most of the lefty edu- bureaucracy is against the idea. On the other hand , a handful of smaller districts in the DFW Metroplex as well as further west have passed regulations to allow LTC holders to carry on campus, including faculty and staff . This is better than armed guards and costs no additional money – If Mrs Jones the chemistry teacher has a Glock 17 locked in her desk or under her jacket, it costs the school district zero additional dollars, and she is there with her armed colleagues, to desk with any emergency long before the police could arrive.

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  2. KUETSA permalink
    July 22, 2016 11:45 pm

    You do not need to “arm teachers” – Just lift restriction on being armed. A percentage of capable district employees will come to work armed.

    That being said, knowing that “We The People” are EXPENDABLE –
    MASS SHOOTING = GUN CONTROL!
    NO MASS SHOOTINGS = NO TALK OF GUN CONTROL – EVER
    GUN CONTROL = TOP PRIORITY OF THE PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST DEMOCRAT PARTY
    (For all the same reasons that totalitarian regimes have always disarmed their citizens.)
    If it costs lives of victims to advance “THE CAUSE” – IT’S OK – WE’RE EXPENDABLE!

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  3. KUETSA permalink
    July 22, 2016 11:52 pm

    PS – When it comes to mass shootings to force “GUN CONTROL” (CITIZEN DISARMAMENT)
    THE HIGHER THE BODY COUNT – MORE THE OUTRAGE – THE MORE GUN RESTRICTIONS CAN BE FORCED ON CITIZENS.
    GUN FREE ZONES = HIGH BODY COUNTS
    In malls, upon the first shot, everyone scatters – NOT GOOD FOR HIGH BODY COUNTS!
    In schools, kids are TRAINED to COWER IN PLACE! – GREAT FOR HIGH BODY COUNTS!
    (They are not allowed to run in the opposite direction of the shots!)

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  4. July 23, 2016 6:58 pm

    A female Repressive who attempts to keep children totally ignorant of guns and safety in a country with more guns than people should be charged with Child Endangerment. Her “policies” lead to accidents caused by the ignorance she promotes. Children are murdered because there is no adult capable of protecting them present. She says that is fine, more people should be helpless. Why does she hate children and want to get them injured and killed?

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  5. Rich permalink
    July 23, 2016 10:10 pm

    Marxists and Islamists who infect our federal government plus the media prostitutes who protect them will gleefully lie, falsify, fabricate, slander, libel, deceive, delude, bribe, and treasonably betray the free citizens of the United States into becoming an unarmed population. Unarmed populations have been treated as slaves and chattel since the dawn of history.

    The Second Amendment foes lying about gun control – Firearms are our constitutionally mandated safeguard against tyranny by a powerful federal government.

    Only dictators, tyrants, despots, totalitarians, and those who want to control and ultimately to enslave you support gun control.

    No matter what any president, senator, congressman, or hard-left mainstream media hookers tell you concerning the statist utopian fantasy of safety and security through further gun control: They are lying. If their lips are moving, they are lying about gun control. These despots truly hate America..

    These tyrants hate freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, and private property. But the reality is that our citizens’ ownership of firearms serves as a concrete deterrent against despotism. They are demanding to hold the absolute power of life and death over you and your family. Ask the six million Jews, and the other five million murdered martyrs who perished in the Nazi death camps, how being disarmed by a powerful tyranny ended any chances of fighting back. Ask the murdered martyrs of the Warsaw Ghetto about gun control.

    Their single agenda is to control you after you are disarmed. When the people who want to control you hold the absolute power of life and death over your family, you have been enslaved.

    Will we stand our ground, maintaining our constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment rights, fighting those who would enslave us?

    American Thinker

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