This is a long read, but well worth it
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(Neo I think you will be interested in his comments about Professors carrying in school)
Preventing School (and anywhere else) Mass Murders
Some people will be shocked at the tone of this article. They should be. If we listed all the shootings in schools and churches, and any other "gun free" area, this document would still be downloading!
It would be quite a list. Well, we have what? Three school shooting in the last couple of months. We can only speculate why these events happened. Being good, we cannot fathom what goes on in the mind of evil. And make no mistake my friends, there is in fact evil out there. But lets see if we can solve this problem of evil men targeting the weak.
What did these places and events all have in common?
1). Guns were specifically not allowed on the premises by official policy or by law. Some locations have specific legal prohibitions, while others rely only on â€œcompany policyâ€.
Murderers will ignore signs telling them something is prohibited. Clearly, if the state prohibits guns on campus, the good people will obey and leave their guns at home. But quite clearly these signs did not dissuade the killers. Think about it. The only people obeying the law and the signs were the good peopleâ€¦the victims.
What is the reason behind the â€œNo Gunsâ€ policies? Many in authority seek control above all else. They want to control things and people walking about armed cannot be controlled as easily. Obviously they lose control when the sign-ignoring, armed killers come.
2). Those inside were unarmed and totally helpless. The terrorist would call these gun-free places, â€œsoft targetsâ€. Notice how none of these terrorists ever picks a gun store, or a police station, or even a shooting course?
3). The police were called to each one of these events. But unless the police happen to be exactly there when the shots are fired, and have the mental perspective and courage to run to the sound of the guns for the sole purpose of locating and killing the gunman outright, the delay in response will be several minutes under best case scenario. And once there, even with the extensive â€œActive Shooterâ€ training in police circles, the over riding goal is to control and capture, rather than to locate and kill the gunman, that being the only real way to prevent the death of innocents..
4). The events were eventually resolved by the police presence, but not without some victim deaths. Repeatedly we see that in the majority of these events, the killing is done fairly quickly in the beginning moments of the event.
5). There has been some discussion about arming teachers. As my good friend, the late great Col. Jeff Cooper said, â€œOne is no more armed because he possesses a pistol than he is a musician because he owns a pianoâ€. In such events, teachers and principals will be useless unless they have self-selected themselves to cultivate the very opposite of what their job is. How many teachers or principals have the internal strength to pull a trigger on one of their students? How many would do the things we would do? Iâ€™m sure there are some, but they are certainly not in the majority..
How can we prevent the next one? (And there will be a next one)
1). Understand that your safety is your own responsibility. Carry a weapon...everywhere. Company Policy says you can't? Hide your gun better. Law says you can't? Tough choice isnâ€™t it, but I'll point out some dead people who would love to be live outlaws.
Can't have a gun under your circumstances? Then carry a knife and learn how to use it offensively. Spend money and get trained with your knife. Buying another competition 45 will do you no good if you cannot carry it with you 24/7/365. Are there metal detectors? Carry something deniable as a weapon but easy to stab with. You need to be armed. If the rules prevent you from doing so, find a way around them. Think like a criminal.
A knife may not be an equal to a shotgun, but you have a choice. You can die on your knees defenseless, asking yourself why you obeyed the sign, or you can die killing the crazy gunman. You might even prevail against him.
2). Make those who pass these stupid â€œno gunâ€ laws responsible for their decisions. The parents and family members of the victims should sue the pants off of the institutions who support such stupid policies. Sue the Jewish Center. Sue the school. Sue the principal of the school, the board of education, the police chief, the mayor, the governor, everyone. Iâ€™m certain there are plenty of pro-gun attorneys here. Put your skills to use. If these people do not understand morality and the Constitution, perhaps they will understand poverty.
3). Teachers and principals aren't interested in CCW, push for an armed cop at the school during all school hours. If this takes some extra tax money, consider it cheap insurance. In police circles, the job of a â€œschool resource officerâ€ has always been characterized as a cushy job suitable only for those who donâ€™t want to work on the streets. This needs to change and change right now.
If the city has money to fly the mayor around, and work incessantly on perfectly good streets, they can put a police officer on duty at every school during school hours. And by the way, we need an armed and trained officer who will run to sound of the guns, not some fat donut-eating slob three weeks from retirement. You pay the tax that employs them and the customer is always right.
Take a page from the Liberals. MAKE NOISE!!
4). Many of the kids were actually corralled by the school officials into rooms ready for the gunmen. This lock down concept is again the product of â€œcontrollersâ€. A locked door will not dissuade anyone who wants to get in. As your kids get older teach them that rules are relative. My kids are told to ignore orders if the orders seem stupid. How easy is it to break down a door and kill a classroom in lock down? Their standing orders are to run like hell if they hear shots in a school. I have promised them that they will not get in trouble. Teachers would also be better served by telling the kids to run. One teacher mentioned that they cannot â€œlose control of the classroom like thatâ€. I told her that when the bad guy kicks the door in and begins shooting she will have already lost control. Teach to kids about cover, and how to RUN!
Also as they get older teach them about ferocity and how to put a man down for good with what they have. Teach them how to bludgeon a head with a chair or a sack of quarters. Teach them how to stab a pencil into the gun manâ€™s eye. Their safety is eventually their own responsibility as well as yours.