According to the NRA, school massacres will be avoided by having armed police in every building. There are more than 132,000 schools in America, and if each has 12 entryways, that will require hiring about 1.6 million guards. Five Charleston schools average 15 entries, with CHS having close to 40.
Then there are urban schools with 5,000 students and maybe 70 doors that could only be protected by platoons of soldiers.
“Buzzer Systems” are tremendous for holding a parent at bay that is upset over her son’s math grade but they are no match for any visitor with a weapon.
Such silly ‘security systems’ simply stall stalking shooters six seconds.
Armed guards may actually be an adrenaline allure to some killers since they up the ante by making the attack an enticing real life video game.
Non-adventurous killers note that schools often have windows in their classrooms, so they avoid the guarded doors and walk by the windows with weapons ablaze.
Each of the 1,600,000 guards will require at minimum $50,000 Hazardous Duty Pay, a retirement program and health insurance — especially health insurance.
Who will pay more than $100 billion dollars in school soldier salaries and benefits. No, not ‘a government grant.’ Look into the mirror. Then there are the back-to-school-supplies each warrior needs: a Glock; a Bushmaster assault rifle; and a trusty Sig Sauer. More billion$. Unlike Barney Fife, every guard will have more than one bullet. Ammo by the billion$.
Munitions makers will see obese profit$. Perhaps the NRA’s idea is not based on altruism.
Oh, wait. The highest concentration of children per square foot is not in school at all. It is on the bus, so hijack one 200 meters from the school; jump aboard and fire away: 60 kids & a driver neatly in rows, killed in 9 seconds. Meanwhile, the school guards are smiling at 2nd graders and oblivious to what just happened down the street.
Bottom line, simplistic answers to an enormously complex problem do not work.
And to end on a positive note, imagine the effect of taking a few of the re$ource$ above and hiring a mere half million teachers, armed with a passion for learning, a curiosity about everything, and ‘packing heat’: a warm heart for the children. We would have kids anxiously racing into less crowded classrooms every day instead of cowering at the thought of slogging into the armory.