TheSmokinLKinda interested in thoughts on this, I think mental health is a huge issue at hand. The kid would’ve brought a gun no matter what. When you intend to hurt someone - you find a way. I work in a corporate environment where our security guard, who is a military vet and had 10+ years of SWAT experience, cannot carry on our premises. I’ve worked here 8 months and we’ve been on lockdown 5 times from gun/bomb threats.
I think it would make some sense to have guys like this be a presence and carry for a school. Most schools should have officers/retired military, my high school did and he could carry on the premises (WV). Not sure if this is still in place though, it’s been 6+ years. Does anyone else’s school have this? It really outweighs the bad imo, I just always hope there’s a way that the “next” shooting could be prevented/lessened to an extent. Thoughts and prayers shouldn’t be our only recourse.
Decent idea but it raises a lot of questions.
1. Who pays for it?
If it is the state or federal government funded (i.e. from your tax dollars) you're basically extending the role of cops and/or the military. I don't imagine there is any viable way for it to be funded by private donors, corporations, etc. for a multitude of reasons.
2. Who is it going to be?
Are you going to hire more cops or are you going to hire ex-military. If you hire ex-military, are they properly trained for handling situations like this? If you're hiring more cops, does that mean you're lowering the standards for them to graduate their training?
3.How many do you need?
We know that there was one armed guard at the school, but it's clear one wasn't enough. Are you going to have armed patrols walking down the hallways of schools?
4. What are you arming them with?
You've seen shooters with a variety of weapons, including grenades. Are the guards/cops going to carry pistols or are you going to arm them like they're a SWAT team?
5. What happens if they fuck up and shoot an innocent civilian?
We've seen cops mistakenly shoot people, it'd be foolish to think that it wouldn't happen here eventually.
I imagine there are many other problems and questions that we'd encounter but that's just what I can come up with offhand.
This situation in our country is so fucked up. There's no easy fix out there. You will never be able to ban guns, but we shouldn't have 18(!) school shootings this year already.
Something needs to change.