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Nothing else has worked, and it's time to wake up and do something right to protect kids from shootings

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Walt WagnerIn response to the Florida school panel recommendation to arm teachers and staff:

What I see is that nothing that provides a quick response has ever been part of the process in preventing the carnage that has taken place in past school shootings. 

From the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, AP article: "The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2018, final vote 13 to one) that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings."

My brother-in-law, a retired math teacher, claims that arming teachers could result in tragic results, and that one has to have been a teacher to understand. In my opinion, whether someone has been a teacher or not is irrelevant unless they've experienced the trauma of a massacre; then the background check, along with the intensive continued yearly training. It is only after this experience that a real judgment can be made. We owe this to those students and families that have suffered from politically correct game playing which sounds a lot like Nero fiddling while Rome burned. Nothing else has worked; it's time to wake up and do something right.

It is often forgotten that School Resource Officers and sworn police officers were once civilians with no training. It's that same training on firearms that is proposed for school administration and staff volunteers, after intensive background checks over and above the one they went through prior to being hired in their respective school districts.

"Most deaths in school shootings happen within the first few minutes, before officers on and off campus can respond," said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the commission's chairman. He said suspect Nikolas Cruz stopped to reload his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle five times, all of which would have been opportunities for an armed teacher to shoot him.

"We have to give people a fighting chance, we have to give them an opportunity to protect themselves," Gualtieri said. He said there aren't enough officers or money to hire one for every school, but even then officers need backup. "One good guy with a gun on campus is not enough."

Immediate response to the negative attack damage is something I've personally been supporting for years.

The "gun free zone" has not worked. It is more about creating a hostile environment and deterrent for future shooters.

Here's what happened when Israel armed teachers:

"When terrorists attacked a school in Maalot in 1974, instead of declaring every school a gun-free zone, Israel passed a law mandating armed security in schools, provided weapons training to teachers, and, even 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."

Tzvi Lev, Feb. 21, 2018, a newswriter at Arutz Shev in Israel.

I personally believe that teachers and some administrative personnel have a close professional relationship with students and most school employees. This in itself would be a strong motivator for protecting those they know and with whom they interact on a daily basis.



CCSD School Board Dir. Z-4

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