The indentured servants at the Stately Manor are abuzz over the father who walked into Shorewood Hills elementary school Thursday and handed out pieces of cardboard written with a single word, that word being “GUN!”
Could it be that the young man was making a statement? Next time, let’s hope the staff at Shorewood Hills Elementary are better prepared; that they are able to reply with a piece of cardboard that says “You’re Dead.”
They can’t do that if teachers and staff aren’t carrying cardboard — or, in the case of an actual gun — real protection. Cowering in place is a poor alternative.
President Trump has quite reasonably suggested that so-called “Gun-Free Zones” constitute welcome mats for zombie-loser shooters. They don’t shoot up cop shops.
The Wisconsin Legislature has taken tentative steps, authorizing diminishing three-year grants to schools that employ “armed school safety officers,” those being current or former law enforcement officers. That financial carrot could persuade Madison public schools to retain police in its four high schools. Yeah, Madison considers expelling cops rather than troublemakers.
If one teacher is armed, all might be
The better idea is to lift the ban on firearms on school property for teachers and staff possessing valid concealed carry permits, voluntarily and at the discretion of the school district. Armed staff would be registered with the district and the local police agency. Less expense, no new hires. (Some have suggested storing personal weapons in readily accessible lock boxes. Fair enough.) We outlined that proposal here, an idea the Werkes has been promulgating for years.
- Eight states already allow teachers to carry guns on school grounds, including Ohio, Kansas, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. Six more states are considering doing so: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Maryland and Oklahoma.
- The Polk County, Florida, sheriff says schools must empower concealed firearms holders.
- Hundreds of Ohio teachers are signing up for free concealed weapons class just north of Cincinnati, home of a previous school shooting, it says here.
- “Columbine shooting survivor introduces bill to allow teachers to carry guns in schools.”
- Another rural school district in Colorado votes to arm teachers.
- National Review agrees: Arm Teachers!
- Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is on board.
When will Big Gummint come to save us?
Parkland Florida proved that we cannot always depend on government to keep us safe. The Daily Wire comments: “Every single government authority failed in Parkland and they expect Americans to forfeit our self-defense rights to them?!”
We know the FBI whiffed on the Parkland, Florida, shooter. Now it transpires that the sheriff’s deputy assigned to Marjorie Stoneman Douglas H.S. in Florida cowered outside while the shooter sprayed death. Opponents of cops in schools will seize on this development. Do the social justice warriors really think Madison police are all cowards?
The Broward County sheriff’s office was told in November that the Parkland shooter “could be a school shooter in the making” but deputies didn’t bother to write up a report.
Florida social services conducted an in-home investigation and gave the kid mental health counseling.
More mental health treatment is not a panacea
Yes, make more mental health treatment but it is no firewall. The human mind confounds easy nostrums. This mental health professional, writing in The New York Times (of all places), agrees.
Mr. Cruz had suffered from depression and was getting counseling at one point. He was also evaluated by emergency mental health workers in 2016, but they decided not to hospitalize him. Why, some critics are demanding, didn’t he receive proper treatment? And can’t we just stop angry, unstable young men like him from buying firearms?
It’s much harder than it sounds. The mental health system doesn’t identify most of these people because they don’t come in to get care. And even if they do, laws designed to preserve the civil liberties of people with mental illness place limits on what treatments can be imposed against a person’s will.
… Even if all potential mass shooters did get psychiatric care, there is no reliable cure for angry young men who harbor violent fantasies.
So consider the idiocy of the following New York Times headline:
“School shootings put teachers in new role as human shields.”
Think about how the New York Times buys into the victim mentality, the utter helplessness unless Big Gummint comes to the rescue.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The “No Firearms” sign at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School was false advertising.