“Roads and schools were closed and a manhunt intensified Thursday near a New York state prison as authorities investigated a new lead into the whereabouts of two escaped killers,” usatoday.com reports. “The Saranac Central School District closed schools Thursday ‘in order to assist law enforcement personnel with their search efforts, and due to the closure of a number of roads.’ Officials said they hoped to reopen schools Friday.” Even admitting the possibility that convicted killers Richard Mat and David Sweat would somehow transform into active shooters . . .
what kind of message does closing schools send to children – who are now at home – and potential terrorists? (Boston Strong redux.) Check this out from the article Prison Breakout: ‘Surreal’ Life for Those on Lockdown Near Search for Escaped Inmates via nbcnews.com:
Josh Parker has a plan in case his family encounters the killers who busted out of maximum-security prison not far from his house.
He taught his daughters how to use a chair to smash a window, and how to tip over a dresser to block the door to the safe room. He has instructed them to run to the neighbors for help. The neighbors, avid hunters, are heavily armed.
Every night when he comes home from work, Parker has his wife and daughters wait outside while he sweeps the house first — with a gun.
“Kind of surreal,” he said.
As is the idea that Mr. Parker wouldn’t teach his children – old enough to tip over a dresser – to defend themselves by force of arms. Older folks in the area are armed though. [via foxnews.com].
Elizabeth Ahern, who lives in Plattsburgh, about 5 miles from the prison and 25 miles south of the Canadian border, isn’t taking any chances. The North Country, she says, is a place where people usually don’t bother locking their doors and have guns to hunt, not to guard themselves against criminals. But not anymore.
“It’s a scary situation,” Ahern told CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday. “We are now closing our doors and locking them, and making sure we have knives and guns ready to go, just in case.”
Good for you. Now, how about getting rid of the Gun Free School Zone Act, ditching the SAFE Act and making The Empire State “shall issue”?