Mike Garrett, former Bridgeport Republican town chair and mayoral candidate, writes in a commentary about school massacres, “The answer, in my humble opinion, is an armed guard, parent or teacher at every school in America.”
When it comes to finding answers to the terrible tragedy that befell 26 innocent souls at Sandy Hook Elementary School one might begin by considering the many suggestions made by people as to what should have been done to prevent this terrible event and what should be done going forward. Having done so, I feel the real and immediate solution has been overlooked.
In Norway, in spite of strict gun-control laws and psychological screening safeguards, Anders Breniak, on July 22, 2011, was able to kill 69 young people attending a youth camp.
Prohibiting something isn’t necessarily effective. Take for instance the “war on drugs,” which is a hopeless failure.
Another illustration from our past history is the Volstead Act, which outlawed the use of alcoholic beverages from 1919 to 1933. This also was a colossal failure.
The answer, in my humble opinion, is an armed guard, parent or teacher at every school in America.
After the massacre at Maalot by Palestinian terrorists in Israel in 1974, which resulted in the death of 22 children at the Netiv Meir Elementary School, real, effective action was taken. Now, volunteer parents and grandparents work in plain clothes at every school in Israel, armed and ready. They received their training from the Israeli military.
Since 1980, there have been 196 school shooting incidents in America, resulting in 302 deaths.
Let’s stop the political hand-wringing.
Just as shepherds protect their flocks and are prepared to kill predators, so should armed advocates for children be ready to use lethal force if necessary against any predator that seeks to harm innocent children.
There was a time when hijacking airplanes was becoming a serious problem in this country. Air marshals were conceived to meet this challenge.
Homeland security forces were born out of the tragedy of 9/11.
All it takes is the training and legal sanctioning of such a force for our nation’s schools. Most of all, it will take the political will to do so.