Saturday, October 14, 2006

School Shootings - What to Do?

Texas School Tells Classes to Fight Back - Newsday.com The usual suspects are "concened." But history shows - over and over again - that being meek and mild do not ensure your safety. (The Left keeps hoping, but it just doesn't work that way.)

Consider the quintisenctial example.
William Lassiter, manager of the North Carolina-based Center for Prevention of School Violence, said past attacks indicate that fighting back, at least by teachers and staff, has its merits.

"At Columbine, teachers told students to get down and get on the floors, and gunmen went around and shot people on the floors," Lassiter said. "I know this sounds chaotic and I know it doesn't sound like a great solution, but it's better than leaving them there to get shot."
Or in another case:
In 1998 in Oregon, a 17-year-old high school wrestling star with a bullet in his chest stopped a rampage by tackling a teenager who had opened fire in the cafeteria. The gunman killed two students, as well as his parents, and 22 other were wounded.
It wasn't the police that stopped this attack. It was someone on the scene, acting to defend himself and others.

This is the lesson of 9/11. Be meek and mild and follow instructions, and you will end up dead. You may still end-up dead if you fight back, but you may prevent other deaths. And we all die. That shouldn't stop you from doing what you can, what is right, in whatever situation you find yourself.

As a result, one Texas school district is trying something else.
BURLESON, Texas -- Youngsters in a suburban Fort Worth school district are being taught not to sit there like good boys and girls with their hands folded if a gunman invades the classroom, but to rush him and hit him with everything they got -- books, pencils, legs and arms.

"Getting under desks and praying for rescue from professionals is not a recipe for success," said Robin Browne, a major in the British Army reserve and an instructor for Response Options, the company providing the training to the Burleson schools.
We have to do something - many things - to turn schools from the defenseless-victim-zones they are today into places that are safe. This is one way to do that.

Of course both the police - who want people to rely on them - and the Left is worried that people will die. Of course people will die. People are dying today without even trying to defend themselves. Will fewer of the die?

Utah's concealed carry law is written to allow people with concealed carry permits to carry on school property. So one group is offering free license classes to teachers. deseretnews.com | Gun class for Utah teachers. The usual suspects are also opposed to this.
We've always resisted the idea of arming school employees," said Susan Kuziak, executive director of the 18,000-member teachers union. "Though the intentions may be good, ultimately, the potential for harm is too great."
OK they don't want those evil, scary guns in schools. What exactly do they want to do to make the schools safer? They never say. They also never say what that "potential for harm" consists of. That would take thought and reason, not anti-gun prejudice.

As long as schools remain unarmed-victim-zones, school tragedies will occur. [KABA]

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