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Well Done!- Learning from the debate on murderers in school

February 22, 2018

We care about our children. That is why we take the debate on murderers in our schools so seriously. It is hard to get good information because the news media clearly has an agenda. Lots of people saw through the media spin. We looked past the click-bait headlines and focused on the truth.

School security isn’t an either-or proposition. It is a ‘yes, that is a good idea, and so is that one’ sort of solution. Here are several pieces of the answer.

Sheriffs across the country said they will put armed staff in schools (and here and here). That is good, but it is only a start. One problem is that mass murderers are patient. We’ve seen that mass murderers either shot the uniformed officer first, or waited until the officer left school. Studies showed us that it’s better to have undercover defenders in several locations across campus.

That takes training, and teachers want that training. The classes to train teachers as first responders fill up in minutes. One of the largest teacher training programs in the country has thousands of teachers on their waiting list but there isn’t enough money to train them all. I donated, but they need your donations too (and here).

Letting trained and licensed school staff go armed is the last line of defense. Lots of factors make our children safer and can prevent the problem before it brings a gun to school. It doesn’t grab the headlines, but treating the mentally ill is another step in the right direction (and here). As much as mental health treatment costs, it is cheaper to treat mental illness than to suffer the consequences of leaving it untreated.

There are lots of little steps that make our school buildings safer. The remedies are similar to what you’d do to protect your home. You secure your doors and windows before you instal a zillion dollar video system. (Grants are available.) Just like at home, your mere presence is a protective factor.

The sad news is that we ignored the problem too long. We know that some students are in trouble. The Florida school murderer had police called to his home dozens of times.  The sensationalist media hasn’t helped, but maybe we’ve learned our lesson. I hope we’ll act sooner rather than waiting until the police come with guns to stop the next school shooting.

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I gave you 400 words. Please leave me a comment. RM

 

 

6 Comments leave one →
  1. MaddMedic permalink
    February 23, 2018 6:48 am

    Reblogged this on Freedom Is Just Another Word….

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  2. Tionico permalink
    February 23, 2018 3:02 pm

    we can WISH the police would get there in time to end the spree… but this rarely happens. Seems they arrive, hang out around the buildings, and only enter once the shooting stops, They hav to go home at night, you know…. then they all go in, “investigate”, draw chalklines, pick up spent brass, take lots of pictures…… ONLY those adults who are already AT the schools, once armed, can serve as a suitable counter to a shooter, AND serve as a strong deterrent to anyone considering such an attack, FASTER does work.

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  3. Jay Eimer permalink
    February 23, 2018 6:20 pm

    I keep hearing how an untrained (or minimally trained) teacher would be a liability. Or alternately that a teacher shouldn’t leave their students (classroom) to “go hunt for the bad guy”. What they all miss is that it took 15 minutes for my local PD to teach a group at my office how to set up an ambush behind a closed door – using a fire extinguisher! (They didn’t appreciate when I told them it would be even more effective if they let me bring my gun in from my car…..) The armed teacher – even if it’s just an average CCW holder – won’t stop every shooter, or even stop them early (they might be in the last classroom targeted – or not targeted at all). BUT – if word gets out that there might be one or more teachers carrying (and no notice of which ones!) then the deterrent factor goes off the charts.

    The bad guy doesn’t know who to watch to wait for them to leave, and while they might shoot for 10 minutes and never get to the room with the armed teacher/staff, the odds are equally likely that this teacher is the FIRST one they run into. And for the sociopaths that do this, those are bad odds indeed.

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  4. Josh Moreland permalink
    February 24, 2018 9:58 am

    Love your work Rob!!!

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