Old West Posse to Protect our Kids from the Adam Lanza’s of the World
The world is a different place than it was before December 14,2012. The events that took place in Newtown, Connecticut have irrevocably changed our security.
Parents no longer feel safe sending their children to school and those with guns seem to be all for turning this into an opportunity to become a vigilante, gun-wielding state.
I don’t agree with sending our teachers to school armed to shoot to kill. I think it is asking for problems.
I still believe that we need to make our schools more secure and I think the way that needs to be done is with stricter gun control, less guns available, restrictions on how many guns and how much ammunition can be bought.
We need armed security in place at the front doors and secure entries into the school. But some think that armed volunteers would work just as well.
Arizona sheriffs and the state’s attorney general are currently pushing controversial programs to allow school officials and volunteers to carry guns in the wake of Sandy Hook.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, self-described as the toughest sheriff in America, wants to station his of volunteers outside of about 50 schools in Maricopa County.
“Everybody else is talking about what their ideas are. They want new laws. This is immediate. I don’t need a new law to send out my posse.”
Arpaio’s has 3000 volunteers, with 300 to 400 of those volunteers carrying weapons. They log about 100 hours of training and undergo background checks, just like deputies.
This is not the first time Arpaio has sent his volunteers out to protect the public. In 1993, he sent them to guard malls over the holiday season because of a history of violence at those venues in the past. There were zero incidence in those venues that year, but was it just a coincidence or is Arpaio on to something?
I am totally against arming teachers, but would armed volunteers who are trained, certified, had psychiatric evaluations and no criminal record be such a bad idea?
We will never be able to eliminate all potential threats. That is a fact that we all need to accept, but we do need to do something different, and quick.
Personally, I would like to see armed officers or guards at all the entrances, because I want someone who is comfortable with their weapon and using it. I don’t want someone who has never actually had to shoot their weapon to defend themselves responsible for keeping my child safe. That is how accidents happen.
Honestly, are there enough funds and resources to put properly trained, armed officers at the entryways of every school in America? Are we willing to pay more for school? More in taxes?
We need to do whatever it takes to protect our children. I think it is commendable that these people have volunteered to protect the children, but what happens when the initial shock wears off and no one wants to volunteer any more? Then we are back where we started.
I think we need to invest in our children and pay our teachers and our armed officers to do their job – to protect and serve our children.
I think these volunteers have their hearts in the right place, but do we really want to take a chance with our children’s security? Do you think armed volunteers are a good idea to protect the exterior of our schools or would you prefer a paid armed officer?
Photo Source: Mark Holloway