Fifteen years after Columbine: What we still need to do to protect our kids. That’s the headline crowning John Mathews’ opinion piece at foxnews.com. To ex-cop marks the tragic anniversary by offering a three-step plan for dealing with school shooters. 1) better planning by school administrators 2) more realistic active shooter drills and 3) better training for staff and students. As tipster JY pointed out, “‘shoot them’ is mysteriously not on the list.” Yes, and the excellent recommendations in the NRA’s National School Shield report – prepared after the Newtown massacre – have been . . .
studiously ignored by the public school industrial complex. The NRA’s abandoned the project as well; the last post on the School Shield Facebook page is dated April 2, 2013. The page only garnered 1400 likes.
Post-Newtown, some states (e.g. South Dakota and Texas) have made moves to ensure that a good guy (or gal) with a gun is on hand to protect children in school. But thousands of schools are still unarmed, with easily defeated perimeter defenses (a.k.a., security theater).
Bottom line: our attention span is short, our proverbial guard is down and our children will pay the price. At the very least we need to repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act as soon as possible – and hope that it is soon enough.