There’s a simple way to defend against school shooters and terrorists: repeal Bush the Elder’s federal Gun-Free School Zone Act (and state bans on legal carry in schools) and encourage on-site personnel to train and carry. Or just carry, if training’s not available. Depending on a single, identifiable school resource officer to protect a school from an armed killer is strategically inadvisable (even though it has happened). A truly determined killer or killers could defeat the guard and what then? Beslanl. So when I read that ex-Call of Duty director Dave Anthony called for the feds to station plainclothes soldiers in American schools . . .
I was happy he got the plainclothes part right. Not that anyone would know that the soldier dude was the soldier dude, right? That aside, huh? To evoke the spirit of PBS’ Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, can you say “Posse Comitatus“? Sure you can! Specifically . . .
Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus [ED: Latin for “power of the county”] or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
Not to mention Title 10 of the United States Code . . .
The Secretary of Defense shall prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to ensure that any activity (including the provision of any equipment or facility or the assignment or detail of any personnel) under this chapter does not include or permit direct participation by a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps in a search, seizure, arrest, or other similar activity unless participation in such activity by such member is otherwise authorized by law.
Even though Congress and Bush the Younger modified the Posse Comitatus Act in 2006 to allow the Prez to deploy federal troops to “restore public order” in a wide range of “emergencies,” that measure was repealed. Thankfully. For the simple reason that Americans don’t like the idea of a military dictatorship.
So, basically, no. No undercover soldiers in schools.
Equally, as I said above, a single armed defender (without a rifle to hand, presumably) is scant protection against a determined, coordinated and/or multiple person attack on a school. Of course, any man who spend a large chunk of his career developing a game wherein a single armed defender saves the country/world might be forgiven for playing One Man Army in his head. Well, the idea.
And ideas are powerful! According to Mr. Anthony, they’re irresistible! With the right marketing . . .
The Call of Duty author said he anticipated objections. “The public won’t like it, they’ll think it’s a police state,” he said. But, he went on, “All of these are solvable problems.” Anthony’s address, which was punctuated by videos depicting such future threats as a U.S. drone hacked by Iran and a hotel massacre in Las Vegas, included repeated exhortations to policymakers to learn from the examples of corporations and creative artists in selling potentially unpopular ideas. “When we have a new product that has elements that we’re not sure how people will respond to, what do we do as a corporation?” he asked. “We market it, and we market it as much as we can—so that whether people like it or not, we do all the things we can to essentially brainwash people into liking it before it actually comes out.”
Fascism much? The quote reminds me of soon-to-be-ex Attorney General Eric Holder’s famous comments about brainwashing people to give up their guns. Jokers to the left, clowns to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you. And they call us extremists. [h/t JT]