“I Heard the News Today Oh, Boy”

Screen Shot 2018-05-26 at 8.53.33 AMAmerica experiences a new massacre every couple days now. The solution leaders across the nation are choosing is placing armed security guards in schools. As a stop-gap measure, this seems necessary. But…it’s a band-aid placed over a cancer (with thoughts and prayers), not a cure for America’s unique gun violence epidemic. It also happens to be perfectly aligned with the interests of the National Rifle Association. Why, it’s almost as if our politicians consult the NRA before making gun policy decisions, or choosing not to make them.
Unless our school guard recruits report for duty packing M-4s and wearing body armor, they’ll be under-armed and ineffective against an assailant with an AR and nothing to lose. These folks will be minimally-paid and undertrained, yet expected to step in front of a hail of bullets. Perhaps a firefight in the schoolyard is better than mass murder. This is where we find ourselves.
It seems we’re too proud to take the lead of other countries who have mostly solved their mass shooting problem, if they ever had one, by removing military-style weapons from the civilian population. The per-capita statistics speak for themselves on that front. We’ve heard it many times, but the question is valid–shouldn’t any firearm ownership should be subject to at least the same regulation as driving an automobile?
I am not against firearm ownership and have been a gun owner myself. But I see no justification for not banning the types of weapons that most or all of our shootings have in common. We’re allowing criminals to alter the once-peaceful landscape of hometown America.
Some might find the following message interesting, sent to Hillsborough County, FL, parents on behalf of our sheriff yesterday:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
There is no greater priority than the safety and security of our children. Recently, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, along with Hillsborough Public Schools and our local law enforcement partners, announced a unified school safety plan. I know you have received a lot of information about it already, but I wanted to make sure you heard from me personally.
Next school year every traditional public school and charter school within Hillsborough County will have an armed presence on school grounds. The job of these highly trained individuals is to deter potential threats and immediately respond to active shooter incidents. I have attached a fact sheet highlighting some key information about our plan. As always, if you have any comments or suggestions, do not hesitate to reach out to our office.
I know the school year is coming to a close this week. Although there have been no threats to our area or schools, we have added an increased law enforcement presence at schools to round out the year. Please enjoy your summer with your family and children. When you come back to school next year, know we will be there with you. We look forward to seeing you in the fall.
Sheriff Chad Chronister

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