“Warning. Staff members are ARMED and TRAINED. Any attempt to harm children will be met by Deadly Force” reads the sign in front of the school.
There are several things we’ve established in recent years:
People who either feel victimized or are emotionally unstable and violent have taken to mass shootings in schools.
It started with Columbine in Colorado, and recent events include Parkland in Florida and other high schools in Santa Fe, Texas, Freeman, Washington, and Marysville, Washington.
The students involved in Columbine and Parkland had been bullied relentlessly, and the students in Santa Fe, Texas and Marysville, Washington had recently had their hearts broken by a girl.
These two themes – harassment or heartbreak, seem to have motivated many of these incidents, where juveniles don’t yet have the capability to handle their own emotions, and we can add lack of emotional training and parental supervision to the mix in most of them.
Law enforcement officers aren’t generally assigned to schools in large numbers. Each school may have an armed “resource officer” and even the very name downplays that offer’s significance. School administrators tend to allow political correctness to run amok, avoiding words like “police” or “sheriff” that would possibly harm a gangbanger’s ego and ability to learn.
School zones have been designated “gun free” zones – long gone are the days where students would go hunting in the early mornings before school, when deer, elk, and doves are active, and then leave their rifles or shotguns in gun racks in their trucks.
Dublin, Georgia, a community south of Atlanta, has taken a bold stand that has recently been echoed by many other school districts, mostly scattered throughout the south. And these armed districts obviously follow political leanings in their respective areas.
Another thing we’ve established in recent years – a person’s irrational fear of weapons doesn’t give them the right to demand and govern over people who choose to take up arms to defend our students. And this irrational fear that people want tied into a direct degradation of the Second Amendment has no authority or place, either.
And as people who own and train with their weapons know, a gun isn’t going to “go off” or do something on its own. I’ve seen people who are scared by the mere existence of a weapons within their “safe space.”
Here’s something else we know – people who have proper training and are licensed to carry, either concealed or open, aren’t felons.
They’re mentally stable.
The have clear backgrounds as verified by local and state law enforcement agencies.
They know that any time they’re stopped by police officers, they know that the officer knows they have a concealed (or open) carry license – that tends to make a law enforcement officer relax – that person has a clean history, is law-abiding, and you can compare that directly to some thug who has a pistol in his sock or glove compartment. The difference in predictability for illegal action is clear as glass.
I love the very possibility of this presence in our schools. A teenager who is heartbroken or emotionally disturbed must have second thoughts about their actions when any teacher they may encounter could be armed and trained.
It’s both sad and enlightening to think of the lost lives that could still be with us if teachers were armed at Columbine, Parkland, Marysville, or Santa Fe.
Those opposed to this concept should look inside themselves and try to drive a wedge between preventing these events from occurring in the first place and saving the lives of our children or dwelling on irrational fears and trying to force others to abide by your opinion.