Soon after Columbine school shooting in Columbine, Colorado in April 1999, I anticipated that various and sundry Legislators would propose totally meaningless legislation that had its genesis in a knee-jerk reaction that would in no way positively impact a solution to prevent such heinous acts in future. In support of this thesis I offer the last near 20 years of the history of similar acts of barbarism.
Upon analysis at the time I came to the conclusion that arming the faculty and administration was the only answer. Without enumeration, I would suggest research since that time of mass murders in this country including school, churches and concerts, et al, would indicate all places were gun free “zones.” This afforded the perpetrators assurance that they could reasonably expect there would be no armed resistance.
My plan would have, then and now, up to 8-10 percent of teachers armed. This would be on a volunteer basis. First I would have them subjected to an exhaustive psychological examination designed to determine if they had the demeanor to remain calm in such a stressful situation of being under fire. This test would also seek to determine if they had the courage, personality and character traits to face an attacker and kill them if they had to shoot.
They would then be given an appropriate weapon and mandatorily trained extensively in its safe use in such a crisis as would occur in a potential school shooting. This weapon must be fitted with a laser sight. Since any shot at a perpetrator would be less than 50 ft., probably much less, one would not have to aim in the classic sense, just point the laser and when the “spot” appeared on the attacker, fire. Another mandatory requirement, the weapon must be concealed on the person at all times. Further, all such armed faculty would be secret from all except themselves. This requirement is very necessary so as to prevent an “inside job.” I suggest the cost of this training, examination and furnishing a weapon as well as a stipend for the teachers would be cheaper than the cost of a full time Deputy Sheriff.
As previously mentioned, the massacres happened in every case at a location that was presumably gun free. This proposal would remove schools from the list of such places. As many know, all schools have a uniformed and armed Deputy Sheriff here in Bedford County. This person is known and is obvious to everyone and I suspect a creature of habit to a degree therefore a former student would likely know where they would be at a given time. As most know, the school in Parkland, Fla. was a school of near 3000 student and they had one officer and when the killer started firing, he left the building.
It seems as though many people are now proposing arming teachers. I think if they willy-nilly by knee-jerk reaction arm teachers and not use a plan such as outlined above, and improved upon, they may exacerbate the problem rather than prevent it.