The gunman who killed 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school Tuesday was on the premises for up to an hour before law enforcement forcibly entered a classroom and killed him, officials said Wednesday.
Is there anything than can be done to protect kids in school from these broken people with murderous intent? Yes!
Will more gun control laws do it? No.
There are 400 million guns in the US. They aren’t going anywhere and people can now make more at home. California has proven that if you pass highly restrictive gun control measures, the guns don’t go away but the new ones are untraceable. The shooter also would have passed the background checks in all the new proposed legislation. Gun control isn’t the answer to keeping kids safe.
Kids being raised by single moms.
Nearly every one of these school shooters grew up without a father in the house. Fifty years ago the United States was still awash in gun but school shootings were unheard of. It isn’t the guns. While the correlation with being raised in single parent households is undeniable, it doesn’t matter because there is nothing you can do about it. We aren’t going to outlaw divorce like the Philippines.
This too is undeniable, and a thing you can’t stop. We aren’t going to ban 24/7 news channels that thrive on this content. We aren’t going to ban social media. We didn’t have these things fifty years ago and we didn’t have school shootings but the genie is out of the bottle.
Superhero police forces
Expecting police to know everything before it happens or being able to rush in to save all the kids before the bad guy can do any harm isn’t going to happen. Once you have a bad guy with a gun in a classroom it is already too late.
What can be done here in reality?
Schools need to be locked down. My kid’s elementary schools is a good example of doing things right so I know it is possible because I see it. They had 6 foot chain link fences surrounding the perimeter, decided that wasn’t secure enough, and installed 10 foot slatted security fence. All gates and doors are locked when the bell rings. The only way in is through the front visitor’s door which is also locked but there is an intercom with a camera and the school staff can buzz you in. It does admittedly look like a little prison camp but the serious attention to access control is obvious.
This shooter, who was raised without a father, passed all the background checks to purchase the weapon legally, and connected on social media beforehand, was able to get into a classroom by simply walking through unlocked doors. If the administrators for that school and that district had done their jobs, every single one of those little kids would still be alive. The hands of people like The Thriller, who is now desperately trying to point in every other direction, are covered in these kid’s blood.
You are empowered. You are wasting your time if you are moaning about guns, police, mental health, or whatever distraction that won’t do anything. Does your local elementary school look like I’ve described my local elementary school? If not, go to school board meetings and demand they do their jobs. Do not let them scapegoat things like gun control laws they have no control over. Lock the schools down. Our children are invaluable and those trusted with being responsible for them need to act like it.