Idea for armed officers in schools may have merit, police chief says

The heads of Mesa County’s largest law enforcement agencies on Friday welcomed a call by the National Rifle Association for an increased armed presence in schools, while a representative…




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Sure, this is the best that can be done - make each school an O.K. Corral! There is no such thing as ‘collateral damage’. “Ah”, you say, “but it is a deterrent that will work” – well it didn’t work at Columbine. This all centers around how easy it is to talk about what you would have someone else, like teachers, do. When in reality, like the Century 21, the suicidal crazy goes in with body armor, gas, and weapons (dressed like a cop) and it becomes a video in real time. Armed presence is not stopping zealots from attacking military posts. This latest thing was about striking at his whole community and “making everybody pay” in some sort of revenge.  You could arm the schools to the teeth and the yo-yo would strike a bus with 40 kids aboard. Or, you would have a Norway gunman who sets off bombs downtown, then strikes a summer camp during the diversion.
No, the problem is what is causing and what is enabling these people to strike this way. The solution does not lie in counterforce at the point of happening, but preventing the happening from getting that far into action. Definitely they have already learned that they can get maximum effect from frenzied news coverage, so maybe a first step is stopping the ambulance chasing, an organized press briefing only, reporters with pad and pencil, no electronics, no choppers, and no chasing around the scenes looking for ‘the story behind the story’. Remove the frenzy and replace with orderly factual reporting. These criminal types should not get a “day of infamy’!
Then finally, the solution of ‘fearing government’ takeover of some sort is not solved by having semi-automatic, 30 round clips. You probably wouldn’t last long even against a swat team. These guns are not a hunting weapon any more than a 50 caliber machine gun.

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