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. It is believed that a “strong, visible defense will deter or delay an attack”.
In terms of business and home security, target hardening is one of the suite of protective measures that are included in crime prevention through environmental design. 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. 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. However, for a business, taking target hardening too far can send the wrong message out to potential customers.
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?