So we bought sound-suppressed pellet rifles to deal with vermin here on the farm and I'm going to learn how to handle a long gun! It's a start and we can have some fun.
The anti-gun people don't want criminals to have guns, they don't want you to have a gun, they don't want teachers to have guns, they don't want security guards to have guns, they don't want police officers to have guns, they don't want anyone to have guns, PERIOD.
Anti-gun people have an irrational fear of the inanimate object known as a gun and they don't want guns in schools, PERIOD.
Why not make those with CCWs legally liable if they fail to stop a shooting? We are trained, so what is the difference? What about the guy at the oil change place, is it his duty to jump in front of me like the Secret Service, if some nutcase starts shooting? How about the barrista at Starbucks? Maybe we could cross train the lunchladies to diffuse bombs in case some kids make some pipe bombs?
It is silly to force others to take a responsibility for kids because they are teachers to the level you suggest. Why not just have the parents stand guard? I mean afterall they are the kids parents? Just have the father and mother stand next to little Jimmy and Suzy all day?
And let's be fair here. In today's world most adults have ZERO familiarity with either guns or how to defend with them because
most of us live in urban and suburban areas and relatively few receive military style or police style training. Heck, even here
there are a large proportion of participants who don't get any training beyond what is required (if at all) to obtain their license.
Can you just imagine the complicated liability and compensation issues which might follow various scenarios in which
ordinary parents volunteered to do armed guard duty?
I have a very vague recollection that when I was in JH the school asked for parents to volunteer to stand at each
entry/exit between classes. I know my mom did a stint of such service. In today's world that would be putting her life on the
line. Even then, there were plenty of young people with illegal knives and illegal guns. The problem arose because
they then let 16 year olds drop out, and they sometimes had a 14 year old g f in the JHS. So they'd try to sneak in and meet
up in some hidden place while classes were in session.
In taking a critical look at the dynamics of the actions of recent high profile active shooter incidents, we have to first look at the "M.O.", so to speak, of the shooters. The victims and prospective protectors and guardians were at an extreme disadvantage due to the places and conditions chosen by the shooters. The recent shooters chose facilities that are not normally associated with danger or violence. They were places where the occupants would never even imagine a shooting scenario occuring. It would seem the shooters chose to launch their attack inside buildings, where people are much more contained. You don't often read about shooters walking down a neighborhood street, midday, hoping to find targets. It is obvious they choose victims, in close quarters, to maximize the terror, and dare I say, body count.
I agree with getting lethal force options in the hands of the good guys. The difficulty arises in how to effectively train the good guys. How do we train them beyond the simple placement of bullet holes within a certain area on a piece of paper? How do we instill the concept of the warrior mindset, as often discussed by Grossman? How do we train them to maintain their fine motor skills in an active shooter incident? Overall, how do we train them to quickly calculate all the dynamics of actually getting a bullet into the kill zone of the active shooter? Some dynamics to consider:
- Site Picture
- Back Drop
- Developing the Tactical Advantage
- Target Identification (Is it another good guy w/ a gun?)
- Concealment & Cover You can see just a fraction of the difficulty in training the well intended good guys. I think this is the direction that we need to go to increase the chances of a more favorable outcome to these incidents. We are asking the good guys to effectively go up against psychologically deranged individuals with a blood lust, who have reached the point where they do not fear death. The burden of the weight of that task is somewhat beyond comprehension.
I believe Adam off-ed himself as soon as the first responders arrived. I do have to wonder if just one person fired (even missed) one shot, would he have ended the rampage earlier.
In today's America, of course you should not expect that kind of courage, anymore than a faculty member should be expected to carry a gun and be ready to defend kids. Both should be a given, but they aren't.
there are few teachers who would not willingly attempt to tackle or otherwise take out a deranged
person harming children in their school. I think the fact that 6 teachers died proves that. That they
failed might prove nothing more than that no one ever taught them to throw a book, a chair, or even to try to splash paint into the BGs eyes. Of course as we weren't there we do not
know what they may or may not have tried, but I feel certain that all not instantly shot by surprise TRIED.
Dang it, everyone talks about arming the teachers. Even OC or that device talked about elsewhere here
that shoots OC balls might have broken things up and saved some.
People just don't know how to fight nowadays, and maybe that fact says a great deal of good about us
to counter the bad news.
Are you planning on training all these teachers? Buying them guns? With whos' money? The taxpayers? How is my paying to protect (not even teach, which I already *have* to do) EVERYONE else's kids any different than my having to pay for EVERYONE else's health insurance?
In all these horrendous school shootings teachers HAVE risked and GIVEN their lives for their charges. It wasnt required and they werent armed. Most teachers teach for reasons beyond a paycheck.
I agree Hopyard. Guns are not are only defensive tools. People can benefit from many other types of training. I know I could. There are times when many of us have to go unarmed (firearms).
I have never not responded to an emergency, as a park ranger or a private citizen. In none of those situations was I ever armed. How many times do we see regular citizens respond to help others? All the time...no guns required.
We shouldnt focus only on that and I agree more training for teachers in these situations is needed. Even if it's just a bullet-proof locked shield they can use to keep shooters from entering a classroom or cafeteria and better inter-classroom communications.
Unfortunately "they" will not let this crisis go to waste for the gun control agenda. Training, mental health issues, security will all take a back seat.