Twenty years ago I was talking to a friend with whom I had attended East High
School back in the late '50s. Even with 1700 students we never had the need
for a law enforcement officer. He told me that his biggest concern for his
children in school in Ohio was not their education, it was their safety. That
wasn't a concern of our parents. In Sugar City, Idaho, our high school has
only about 450 students in a peaceful farming community and yet we have a
full-time cop there. What has happened to our society that it's now
necessary to have cops patrolling the halls of our schools? Can it be fixed?I know if I had children in large city schools today, I'd home
school. There are great home schooling programs now and a small group of
parents can get together and provide an excellent education for their kids
without worrying about exposure to porn or gangs or violence or crime. I think
it's a viable option.
I hope this bill doesn't result in anyone having regrets. Safety for
emergency exiting has been compromised. Every time the legislature writes (or
rather modifies) the national building codes safety takes a back seat to
lobbyists and their interests. It has happened, apparently, yet again.
Cowboy Poet said:"School lockdowns are a TRAP!In
this particular case, a shooter fired through a window at students who were
locked inside their classroom.Gun free zones are a TRAP!This doesn't happen in Israel, where schoolteachers are armed, and carry
their weapons on them, and not locked in a box or safe."True, it
doesnt happen in Israel...or Canada, England, France, Australia...It really only
happens here in the 'land of the free' where we have the second
amendment, the NRA and more guns than people*. Why do you think that is? Are we
just lucky?*My house included.
@patriot;"Today you can walk right into any high school without anyone
checking who you are or what you are carrying. Can't do that at an airport
or any government building or any corporation so why in the world do we allow it
in our high schools?"Wow. So much wrong here. First of all, in
my kid's school, after the early bell, the doors are locked. You have to
push a buzzer, talk to the intercom (while in camera view) to be let in. You can
walk into the SLC airport, into baggage claim, ticketing and car rental area,
carrying as many guns as you can haul. The AR has been around since 1963, but
not for public sale until the 1980's. They were very expensive and most
people had to really want one. When their patent expired, many companies made
knockoffs, bringing the costs from thousands to hundreds. Then, they started
selling them in WalMarts and Big 5's. Many people own hi cap semi autos
that shouldn't be allowed to own pellet guns. And all with no licensing,
training or proficiency tests.
this is a good step but much more must be done. Today you can walk right into
any high school without anyone checking who you are or what you are carrying.
Can't do that at an airport or any government building or any corporation
so why in the world do we allow it in our high schools? Back in my teen era of
the late 1970's you never heard of mass shootings in schools yet the AR15
has been around since 1963. So the guns are the same but the kids are not. High
Schools must be hardened as targets just like we did with airports after 911.
This is domestic terrorism and this is world we live in. Evil isn't going
away and a person who is bent on killing will keep trying.
School lockdowns are a TRAP!In this particular case, a shooter fired
through a window at students who were locked inside their classroom.Gun free zones are a TRAP!This doesn't happen in Israel,
where schoolteachers are armed, and carry their weapons on them, and not locked
in a box or safe.When I watched all those students running from the
building with their hands in the air, as heavily armed men yelled orders, then
forced to drop their backpacks and belongings in a large pile, and then
compelled to wait on the lawn in a group, it reminded me eerily of scenes from
Hollywood movies about the Holocaust.Did it strike anyone else that
way?What have we become?What must this bode as the trend
for our future?
I wonder if they took time in their deliberations to consider that needing to
install deadbolts on classroom doors to protect what they can during active
shooter situations represents a colossal failure of lawmakers across the land to
properly deal with the reasons why?