Proposals: practical security improvements
The mission: you're asked to join a "select" committee charged with investigating and proposing a short list of the most-likely practical options for helping to improve security/safety and thwart violence. (Think of R.P. Feynman and his joining the eval team after the Challenger explosion, back in '86.)
The format: Basic element, with a concise statement of purpose, method of achieving it, and how it would be of benefit. Checklist format, with as many basic ideas as you can imagine being practical and effective.
Let's stay focused on practical proposals that have a chance at fairly decent effectiveness if implemented, ideas that have a strong shot at clear benefits, without nasty side effects, ideas that could be done and have a marked impact if only we found the will, money and time to do them. Can be ideas for your neighborhood, local community, key at-risk buildings near you, or widespread enhancements (ie, general infrastructure [bridges, etc], mental health screening, whatever). Can be procedural, infrastructure, weapons, tactics, training, screening, penal code changes, corrections/punishments, whatever.
We've all heard and thought of numerous ideas in a variety of areas of our lives. Some good ones, others not so practical or likely to be effective. Given all that you know at this point, what would you suggest for such a checklist of likely areas to go after?
Some ideas/thoughts on the subject
Great idea for a thread, and hopefully you'll compile the best ideas, and get it to our elected officials, who can then claim it was their idea. What's that saying? "Success has many fathers, but failure is always a ******* child?" I'll start out, and work in, and begin with something I know a lot about.
In order for our nation to be secure, we must take serious and substantive steps to secure our borders. We have thousands of illegal aliens (the correct and legal name for people who enter our country uninvited and illegally). Mixed into this flood are a large number of radical islamists, whose sole purpose is to do harm to America, to include murdering our innocents, in the name of their perverted religious beliefs. Can you imagine the carnage, should these terrorists decide to follow up on the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy? Coordinated attacks on our soft targets are coming, it's just a matter of time. We're already too late in taking these actions, but better late than never.
So, having said that, I'd recommend the following steps:
1. Build the fence, and maintain it. Use our military, if necessary, but stop the flow.
2. National ID for all persons lawfully present in the United States. A national ID, with biometric data that would be overly difficult to counterfeit is necessary. Phase this in over a two year period, so that at the end of the 2 year period, anyone not in possession of said ID will be removed from the U.S. Any employer who hires someone without said ID should be held accountable, with criminal liabilities as well as financial penalties. Illegal aliens who are determined to be radical islamists, should be removed to GITMO, rather than returned to the battlefield. People who are drawn to our country for economic purposes, will soon learn there are no jobs for them, and they'll voluntarily deport in large numbers.
We'll never be truly secure here at home, if we don't take securing our borders seriously. Some sort of immigration reform, which streamlines the process should be implemented, but that's a topic for another day.
Take a serious assessment of our soft targets. Schools, malls, shopping center, sporting venues, etc, and take every possible action to secure them. Consider employing retired law enforcement officers, military personnel, and officers on disability as security teams, who would be onsite, and trained to repel a threat, minimize civilian casualties, and to hold the fort until reinforcements can arrive. These security teams would have a heightened training level, and situational awareness, and most likely be able to thwart evil early, preventing reoccurrence of the recent tragedy.
Eliminate "Gun Free Zones" entirely. Law abiding citizens who carry concealed should be encouraged, not discouraged.
Train and arm volunteer teachers and administrators in our schools. Evil doers are cowards by nature, and are much less likely to attack a hardened target, where they know they'll be met with defensive violence immediately.
If our lawmakers feel the need to legislate, have them pass some meaningful laws providing tax incentives for gun purchases, firearms training, and gun safe purchases, to encourage more good citizens to take up arms, which will make our communities safer. Engage law enforcement trainers to assist in training those people who resolve to not become victims.
I'll likely submit more once my first cup of coffee starts working. LOL