I, for one, am tired of this shit. Here we are again talking about what to do to prevent school shootings. Well, I have some suggestions and none of them deal with so-called gun control. In fact, my ideas increase the amount of “Good Guys with Guns” at soft targets, like schools.
First thing we have to do is STOP POLITICIZING THESE TRAGEDIES. It makes me so angry when these things happen and some politician hits the TV and says “We need stricter gun laws.” Stop and shut the hell up! Yes, there are some cases where these people legally got their hands on a gun and was not supposed to. I will admit that. But there needs to be a more forceful solution because, most of the time, people will not abide by more laws. PEOPLE THAT ARE INTENT ON COMMITTING CRIMES DO NOT ABIDE BY THE LAWS WE HAVE IN PLACE NOW!!!
So here is what I suggest. First, let people who are ex-military and law enforcement volunteer to hang around the school. My school district has a program called W.A.T.C.H.D.O.G.S. It’s a great program because it asks fathers, uncles, grandfathers, etc. with kids at the school to come and be involved. They hangout at the entrance of the schools, give kids high fives as they walk in and just hang around helping out. They engage with students that may seem to be getting bullied and help them out in those situations. They assist in the classrooms. Again, great program. But I say take it a step further and arm them.
Now I’m not advocating just letting anyone hang out at schools with guns. They have to have a detailed background check, be trained and have a carry license. They would carry 2 concealed handguns, with 3 extra magazines. School districts would not be responsible for compensating these individuals. I think enough ex-military and law enforcement people would simply volunteer to do this, especially if they have kids at the school. I would. They would be a deterrent, but would also be a reactionary force to minimize the damage a crazy lunatic can do. I would also say let some teachers conceal carry at school. No one would know who they are except the school and district administration. They could be something like Air Marshalls.
I think another important thing that these individuals need to carry is tactical first-aid kits. They would be similar to what we get issued in the military, which include, tourniquets. So these ARMED GUARDIANS would also have to be trained in first-aid procedures. They would be able to render that 1st level of aid. A lot of times, that can be the difference between life and death. Like the school shooting in Florida, law enforcement cannot enter and stop the threat and help the injured until they are sure they absolutely can do so safely. During this time, people can bleed out.
My next suggestion is to KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF THIS. I would highly suggest that individual school districts should be allowed to implement this program and maintain oversight of it. They would send out short surveys to the parents of the district and put a deadline on it. Basically, it would ask “Do you want trained, armed and vetted personnel protecting your children?” It would be very detailed on how the program would be implemented, though. After the deadline, school districts would tally the votes. Majority would rule…if most parents say “Yes”, move forward with implementing. If most parents say “No”, don’t implement. However, the decision should be re-visited every 2 years to account for the rotation of new parents into the district and other parents out of the district as their kids leave.
Lastly, if implemented, there would need to be a school faculty member that would be the liaison between the ARMED GUARDIANS and the school. It could be the Principal or Counselor or whoever. Also, from that group of armed personnel for that school, a leader needs to be appointed among them. Think Army squad leader equivalent. This person would be in charge of the group, their schedules, etc.
Maybe some districts will start to take control of the situation and do something. Otherwise, nothing will change.