Schools must be hardened against armed attacks

Maybe this is the one that will make people realize we need to turn schools into hard targets. Stop just watching this happen again and again while passing redundant, feel-good, knee-jerk, do-nothing gun laws and put armed, uniformed and undercover police officers in the schools. Training and arming teachers thwhot are willing should be considered too.

There are already more than 20,000 laws at the local, state and federal level that make it illegal to use a firearm in an offensive manner. Obviously these laws do not work all the time on all the criminals.

It is a fact that these shootings never happen anywhere there would be any armed resistance. Use a layered approach. As time consuming and expensive as it would be, armed police and metal detectors at all entrances, which should be limited and windows that can’t be opened to pass a firearm in. But those things are far less time consuming and expensive than a funeral for your child. And their friends. And their teachers.

And the other point that needs to be made is that children need to be raised to understand that killing someone is not the solution to any problem. Don’t just assume they know that, discuss it. Children need to learn that the vast majority of their perceived slights just need to be brushed off, don’t need to be addressed and will soon be forgotten.

Richard Quint

Everett

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