ARMED GUARDS IN OUR SCHOOLS?
Christmas night we always have friends over for a little party. Plenty of wine, beer, booze. And then there’s lazagna, sausage and roasted vegetables swimming in tangy sauce. Lots of talk. Gossip. You’ve got the picture.
We talked about the 1980′s classic movie – A Christmas Story – and, to fill in some of the questions about the movie that came up about Peter Billingsly, the beleagured and bespectacled young boy in the movie, I Googled some information. I scored myself a Jack and Coke, returned to the table and filled in some of the spaces in our conversation. I happened to mention that, while I was hunting information on the movie and its stars, I noticed a side story that, since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, sales of semi-automatic rifles and hand guns has skyrocketed.
Which brought us to the question of, do I think hiring armed security guards at our schools is a good idea? My initial response was, of course, yes. One armed guard, I believe would have stopped the 20-year old asshole in his tracks. At the very least, she or he (the armed guard) would have slowed the miscreant down, given teachers, administrators and students time to perform one of three possible actions that probably would have saved many of their lives (Lock Down and Hide/Evacuate and Escape/Or, distract, disrupt, or Incapacite the Bad Guy(s)).
One of our guests disagreed with me, suggesting that a deranged student or adult invader could overpower the guard, take the rifle or handgun and go on a rampage. Me, I say, anything is possible, but, no. First of all, no terrorist – and that is exactly what an Active Shooter (in a school) is, a terrorist – would come to a school without a weapon, without a plan, and, secondly, an armed security guard would be well-trained in many things, including retaining his/her issued firearm(s) against a disarming attack. He or she would also be well schooled on:
- Dark-Light Shooting
- Shooting on the Move
- Tactical Shooting
- Drawing and Firing a Handgun When Wounded
- Shooting from Barricade
But, then, I realized I was consuming alcohol and jabbering among friends. What I really needed to do was put themself in the Fu**ing Real World!
IN THE REAL WORLD
Time has passed since 20 babies wer killed. People forget. The image softens, and
Politicias no longer feel compelled to save their jobs by doing what it takes to
In the Real World, money is tight, schools are strapped for money and politicians are no longer compelled by pubic shame to give it ($) up.
So, in the Real World, schools that hire armed guards will pay their guards minimum wage and NOT REQUIRE their guards to be well-trained in the requisite aspects of Tactical Firearms.
I am afraid something bad our way still comes!
Hammer (I wish I knew what you think about this!).
Until my next post, please Stay Safe!