Wednesday, October 10, 2007

It Can Happen Here

So I was just about to post about my own trivial little happenings when I see that yet another school shooting has taken place, this time right in Cleveland. I'm glad to have my kids at home with me right now, and I'm glad there seem to be no fatalities from this, apart from the shooter. Although it was of course wrong to shoot people, I'm sorry the young gunman seems to have taken his own life. I'm wondering when we'll start hearing about how this kid was never in trouble, etc.

I suppose the mayor will now call for stricter gun laws, or security at the school building, or something similar. I would want my children to hide from someone running around with a gun, but I would also want there to be someone similarly armed who could protect my children in a dangerous situation. Here's some great quotes: "Schools are supposed to be a safe place." With all the shootings that have happened in schools, can we really think like that anymore? Also, one parent says about security personnel that used to be in the school: "To take away the only source of protection is just not right." Well, if they allowed teachers who had a concealed carry permit to carry a firearm during the course of their work, there would be another source of protection, and without the cost of extra security. Isn't it time that politicians and school boards learned that simply forbidding guns in school will not keep guns out of schools?

5 comments:

elephantschild said...

I heard about this just a few hrs ago on our local AM radio station. I have to say I'm glad your girls are homeschooled!

Last spring all four schools in our town of 4600 were in lockdown for a whole day because of a threat written on a bathroom wall. I was very glad my sensitive, nightmare- prone five-year old was here at home with me. The lockdown alone would've been enough to freak her out!

Barb the Evil Genius said...

When my daughter was in parochial school, the school was closed down and the children evacuated because of a bomb threat. I was dissatisfied with the way that was handled: no parents were notified; we found out when cops outside the school informed us where our kids were when we came to pick them up. Mind you, the kids spent at least an hour, if I remember correctly, sitting in the gym at the public high school nearby where they evacuated the kids. My happy-go-lucky girl did not freak out, thank God.

kate5kiwis said...

sheesh barb, that is really freaky.
too freaky X

Kristyn said...

My uncle has worked in a very, very small school district in Oregon for over 25 years and has always had a concealed weapon permit. He told my mom recently that in all these years he has never left the house without his gun on him, and he has never had occasion to take it out of its holster. He said "No one will ever shoot up our school. That will be the day I take my gun out and use it." After the VA Tech shooting I thought, "What if ONE person on that campus beside the shooter had a gun?" My mom works in a suburban-Detroit jr. high and they are on "lock down" several times a year because of threats. What a world...

Pauli said...

A proposal in response to this, heard it today, 10/12, is to require each child to carry an ID card. While I don't have a problem with this concept, it wouldn't have had any affect on the Asa Coon case. The kid wouldn't take his meds, threatened violence at school and routinely beat up his mom -- he needed to be committed.