Guest post by MerryMouse-
All the screaming rhetoric in the world will not stop criminal-minded people–crazy or otherwise–from acquiring the means to do harm to innocent people. Everyone on both sides needs to shut up and start THINKING! We can THINK our way out of allowing kids to be maimed and slaughtered in our schools. Here are my ideas, after consulting with the StingyOgre who lives here, too:
1- HARDEN PUBLIC SCHOOL ENTRYWAYS!
Schools in France are locked when school begins and NO ONE is allowed in. No moms who want to help with parties. No helpers to serve cookies. No-BODY comes in. Teachers are the masters of their classrooms and highly respected. Parents do not “assist” them. (This from a French exchange student who grew up to be a teacher herself.)
Also, banks in France have a secure vestibule and you must be buzzed in to cash your traveler’s checks. You must then be buzzed into the bank proper after the clerks can see you are not a robber or terrorist. The doors lock automatically behind you. Combining these two ideas from FRANCE (fer crying out loud!) could significantly limit evildoers going in to our wide-open, gun-free public schools. Check out your local schools and see if it would possible to add a secure vestibule to them.
It will be a while before our public school teachers become masters of their classrooms and highly respected, but we could demand that they do their jobs without help from parents. Therefore, close the doors when school starts.
2- MANDATORY TRAINING FOR ACTIVE SHOOTER SCENARIOS!
If the evildoer manages to get in, everyone needs to help apprehend him. Throw things, sweep their feet, punch back, swarm the maniac. DON’T HIDE like scared rabbits! Criminently! Take lessons from Israel. Let qualified teachers carry handguns if they so desire. Consider demanding school uniforms so responders can tell friend from foe.
3- ELIMINATE GUN-FREE ZONES!
If the statistics are true, and 98.4% of shootings take place in “gun-free zones,” then this idea is not working! Duh!
When you go to a place where the door is posted with a “weapons-free” sign, ask to talk to the manager and tell him/her that if you are not allowed to protect yourself in this place then you are assuming they will. Ask to see their “active shooter protocol.” If they can’t, tell them if you are hurt on their premises your heirs have been instructed to sue them to oblivion. Personally, I carry pepper spray everywhere.
4- EXTREME VETTING BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR UNDER 25!
Since most of the mall/school/theater shooters seem to be under 25, this makes sense. They can still get a permit to purchase a firearm but there will be new restrictions: Personal appearance at the Sheriff’s Office for an interview, two personal references from non-family members (co-workers, teachers, employers), medical history regarding psychoactive drugs, urine screening and psychological screening. Boom! Tell me this would not work! Leave everyone else alone.
5- UPDATE BACKGROUND CHECK PROTOCOL!
Make it a criminal offense to WITHHOLD information from NICS. This happens. It’s political. It’s stupid. And it’s killing people.
6- ENCOURAGE SCHOOLS TO PROMOTE NEW IDEAS!
Rush said the other day that state and local agencies should go back to being the incubators for new ideas and solutions. If a school district wants to arm teachers, let the locals decide that. Some districts already are doing so. One size does not fit all. Let the states become the testing grounds for these new ideas.
7- CONSIDER DESIGNING SCHOOLS IN THE FUTURE TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES!
It seems practical to plan better schools, rather than just REACT all the time. School choice might be a good instigator for this to happen. Opening up the market to schools that promise secure situations and vetting of students might be a big plus to parents. Retrofitting existing schools with locking vestibules is still reacting, but better than just sitting there like a good collectivist and taking what the government gives you. Sheesh!
8-DEVELOP A PROFILE FOR TROUBLED KIDS!
Drug use, expulsions, local criminal activity, domestic violence, psychological problems, mental health intervention, fatherless families, age, social media threats, etc. We know who these kids are. See #4 above.
I am no great thinker or philosopher, but I am also no dummy. We may not be able to quickly reverse the cultural decay that has led to these horrific scenes, but we can’t just sit there. Let’s use our American know-how to tackle this problem. It isn’t the guns that are the problem.