Here’s Something We Can Do

And we won’t have to take away anyone’s rights to do it!

Gun control has been proven to be a dismal failure in Israel. The Israeli Arab communities are rife with illegal weapons, with some police estimates putting the number of unlicensed weapons in the Arab sector as high as 500,000. Think about that for a second: The most heavily guarded borders in the world and a highly professional Shin Bet are still not enough to prevent criminals from obtaining illegal firearms.

When terrorists attacked a school in Maalot in 1974, Israel did not declare every school a gun-free zone. It passed a law mandating armed security in schools, provided weapons training to teachers and today runs frequent active shooter drills. There have been only two school shootings since then, and both have ended with teachers killing the terrorists.

It is an approach that the Americans should take to end the constant slaughter of innocents.

We grew up in a more innocent time. The high school I went to did not have any fence around it. You could literally walk onto or off of campus in any direction, day or night. One time a couple boys on dirt bikes went roaring around campus during classes, causing most of the students to come out and look. Many of the various K-12 classrooms had big windows you could see into classrooms thru, and when the weather was nice we kept classroom doors open.

Times have changed.

It is often said that children are our most precious resource. So why don’t we act like it?

Schools are targets these days. We need to do some target hardening.

Target hardening, also referred to simply as hardening when made clear by the context, is a term used by police officers, those working in security, and the military referring to the strengthening of the security of a building or installation in order to protect it in the event of attack or reduce the risk of theft.[1][2] It is believed that a “strong, visible defense will deter or delay an attack”.[3]

In terms of business and home security, target hardening[4] is one of the suite of protective measures that are included in crime prevention through environmental design[5]. This can include ensuring all doors and windows are sourced and fitted in such a way that they can resist forcible and surreptitious intruder attack, adding hard barriers and landscapes that resist vehicle and pedestrian intrusion, adding fences, walls and hostile planting[6]. All of which is greatly assisted by removing or pruning any trees or bushes that could offer suitable hiding places or could be used to climb to a higher level of the property.[2] However, for a business, taking target hardening too far can send the wrong message out to potential customers.[7]

I don’t care where you fall on the gun control debate, there is no excuse for leaving kids unprotected. No one should be able to simply walk into (or out of) a school without screening. This is already true in most places, but the screeners are unarmed. Nor should the burden of protection fall to teachers who volunteer to carry firearms.

We need to:

1. Retrofit/redesign our schools with fences, gates, walls, security doors and checkpoints to control access and egress.

2. Install alarms and cameras throughout the schools, especially at all doors and gates.

3. Place armed police or security at all of our schools when children are present.

4. Screen everyone who enters and don’t admit anyone who shouldn’t be there.

4. Metal detectors.

Yes, it will cost money. But aren’t our kids worth it?

Exit question: Has there been a single lone shooter/mass shooting incident in the United States in which the bad guy got past an armed guard or cop?

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89 Responses to Here’s Something We Can Do

  1. Ann says:

    Not going to happen. How will the Democrats use children’s lives as a gun control issue if reasonable protective measures have been taken? If kids aren’t dying, it is one less reason for gun-grabbing.

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  6. swanspirit says:

    There is something else we can do to protect our children. We can focus on people who fit the profile of school shooters, we have to include people, young or old, with a history of violence, along with psychiatric disorders, in background check information. That information has to be provided to authorities.
    Police and law enforcement, have a very clear profile, of who and where to look for serial killers, but that profile evolved over time, and unfortunate circumstances.
    Even more unfortunately, we are now seeing the profile of someone who is a mass murderer, outside of those ideologically motivated. We have a profile of those too.
    To protect our children, those markers must be flagged, and as much as possible,their access to firearms prevented.

    • Constance says:

      I totally agree with you. So what if they make a few mistakes. I once had my children removed from me in Canada until the authorities could figure out what was going on and I’m fine with that if it saves kids who need help. My very active 8 year old son unbuckled his seat belt and then went sailing into the back of the seat in front of him when I had to slam on the brakes and got 2 black eyes. The hospital down here observed him for awhile then sent him home and a few days later up in Canada he went ice skating with some little Canadians and did a face plant splitting his lip inside and out needing stitches. By then the black eyes were fully colorfully developed. When I took him in to the Vancouver ER they removed him and his little sister from me until they could call all over and check on his life situation. They called our Priest, his grandparents, his school and his doctor. Then they said “sorry” 6 hours later and sent me home with them. If that sort of vigilance helps other kids I support it.

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  8. elliesmom says:

    I taught in a big high school for a few years. 2500+ students. A large group of Brazilians moved into town. They were nice folks, but their kids formed a “club” almost immediately. There was already a large Vietnamese population, and they already had a “club”. Then there were black “clubs”. The school was built around a couple of courtyards and there were corridors that formed “Ts”. The “clubs” would hang out in these Ts. Until the Brazilians moved in, every “club” had its own T to hang out in before and after school, and sometimes between classes. My classroom wasn’t near a T so I didn’t see a lot of what when on there, but when the Brazilians moved in tensions increased because we had run out of Ts. One day right after school a fight broke out in one of the Ts. Someone pulled the fire alarm switch, and as people were leaving the building, the “clubs” were waiting outside the doors. No one was seriously hurt, but overnight the school became a scary place to be.
    Within a couple of days we had metal detectors at the main entrance, all other doors locked, cameras at every T, and an armed policeman on duty. On days when things might be more tense we had more. No one wanted to hang out in full view of the cameras so the Ts emptied out. Kids became required to have registered stickers to park a car the same as teachers did. The parking lot had a lot fewer cars. The town cops patrolled the parking lot a couple of times a day.
    We had a few kids drop out when being part of a “club” didn’t get you status at school anymore, but we never had another “club” fight while I was there, and none has made the news since I left. No school shooting there, and no teacher has to carry a gun. Walking through the metal detectors at the front door became background noise after a week or two. The policeman just became another faculty member. Everyone breathed easier. Not a huge deal for the town to implement. No act of congress required.

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  10. Miranda says:

    If the police is called to a house for violent behavior, and violent behavior is verified, the subject of the call should be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, depending on what’s going on. Misdemeanor charges should then be sufficient to get them into the gun background check database. Felony charges require confiscation of all guns in the household.

    If a jury finds you innocent of the charge, then your name can be cleared and you can be removed from the database. If the felony charges are cleared, your weapons can be returned at that time.

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  12. BjornTheBorg says:

    The expense of implementing serious school security is simply too great for it to be done in any kind of serious way. All the fuss over Parkland will all blow over in a week or so and we can go back to normal. School shootings are simply part of the fabric of American life these days and I’m just ready to accept them. It’s no worse than the random bombings in Britain or Europe, so I’m just not going to worry about it.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      How much are we still spending on desegregation-era busing? How much will it cost to regender our school restrooms? What about bilingual education?

      • 49erDweet says:

        Just the cost of progress…….they say.

      • BjornTheBorg says:

        Just because we waste money on projects like that doesn’t mean we should waste it on something new. Hell, I’d happily see public education defunded completely and let the private sector take care of educating people. If a private school wants to install high-end security, they’re welcome to do it.

        • elliesmom says:

          Metal detectors and a few well-placed cameras don’t cost that much. They curb more than just school shooters

        • helenk3 says:

          would you feel the same if you had a kid in one of these schools?

          • Jadzia says:

            And as somebody who lives in a European country that has experienced numerous terrorist attacks, I have to say that no, it’s not the same. I can avoid going to the Christmas market, events that involve huge crowds, and other locations where the risk is higher. Kids, on the other hand, are required to go to school.

        • Constance says:

          And it would cost about one fourth of what a government school would spend. But it has to be done.

    • lyn says:

      I bet all private schools here have armed guards.

    • Constance says:

      Well if it’s expensive we need to cut our foreign aid and do it anyway. I work in a huge Medical Center which has thousands of workers and patients coming and going all the time. All entry doors are locked and require programmed cards to enter except 2. Those two doors have cameras on them and security near by, but out of sight. The security guards are large, physically fit men and they carry weapons and walk around in pairs. about 2 times a year I forget my badge/key and it is shocking how hard it is to get around without it. This can’t cost that much and they don’t need to reinvent the wheel to plan it. Just use the typical security used at hospitals.

  13. lyn says:

    Just an observation … Obama’s contribution to school safety allowed boys to use girls’ bathrooms.

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  15. helenk3 says:

    how much was spent on the concept of common core and other “educational” tools that dumbed down our kids? When people start using the expense as an excuse to not have school safety, I think this question should be asked.

    Several people have mentioned hiring veterans or retired law enforcement people to patrol the schools. This is a good idea. Also the metal detectors would help. But how about practice drills teaching kids designated places to go and what to do in an emergency? I am conflicted about arming teachers. If they are armed there should be classes and standards the have to be passed.
    Also better training of our law enforcement, so when reports of people acting in a threatening manner they would not be ignored.
    It is sad that the kids will have to learn how to survive in this world, but survive is the key word here.

    • elliesmom says:

      Older kids do have lock down drills just like they have fire drills. Some schools drill younger kids, too. Where I worked, we drilled the middle school and the high school kids, but not the little ones. We decided the trauma of the drill vs the probability of a shooting didn’t justify putting them through the drill. The teachers in the elementary school went through the drill w/o the kids present.

  16. DeniseVB says:

    Nice article on armed good guys stopping shooters in various situations, mall, church, workplace and schools. It’s possible to train an army of citizens in all these situations. Because of Gun Free Zones, some heros had to go to their vehicle for their guns.

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  18. helenk3 says:

    the failure here must never happen again. There is no excuse for the school officials and the law enforcement official who failed our kids.. head have to roll over this both ln local and federal law enforcement

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  21. DeniseVB says:

    Oh. My. Must view video, must watch to the end ….. to see if you got any of it, I didn’t…..

    • DandyTIger says:

      Yeah, the video had the bad guy in the background throughout as they focused on the burgeoning romance. He was looking at guns on the internet, he was getting bullied at school, and making threatening gestures at others. Pretty easy to spot, it’s the people the popular kids like to abuse, beat up, and destroy.

      • jenlyntx says:

        ONE million percent. We are raising mean stupid children but it is OUR FAULT. Parents fucking suck sorry if you are one but most spoil and fail to set boundaries, pretend phones = love, etc., etc. I think children have gotten so mean I wouldn’t want to go to school if I was of that age. I see it in millenials and really anyone under 40–mean, haughty, judgmental, spoiled, entitled. NOT GOOD. They talk all nice but they act like shits. We need to change now or forever face the consequences. Unless the child is manic bipolar or schiz or truly psychotic we have created kids that kill 😦

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  23. aprilsangels says:

    “It is often said that children are our most precious resource. So why don’t we act like it?”
    They are only precious to people who kbow them. And sometimes not even to them. We cannot trust the government to care for children. The government cares about votes and money. Children bring in in neither.

  24. lyn says:

    Today’s presser is heavy duty. Sarah is doing well.

  25. helenk3 says:

    I could not read this without tears
    so young and so brave

  26. lyn says:

    Here’s the FBI Bot in California …

  27. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I hope she is Mike Pence’s running mate in 2024.

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  29. lyn says:

    Killing is not very PC, IMHO.

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  31. SHV says:

    CTH is putting out a series of short (~7 min) videos explaining “Obamagate”….good summaries of the “drip….drip” of info.

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  35. lyn says:

    Crowds swarmed the Obamas’ portraits today at the National Gallery. I liked this one.

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