I’m reading about the slaughter of 132 school children in Pakistan today. A teacher is believed to have been burned alive while her pupils were forced to watch. I read the account with horror. I was horrified at what took place…. but not surprised.
The attack was carried out by nine Taliban terrorists.
I then read about the families of nine people killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre suing the maker of the AR-15 used in the attack.
Their lawsuit states that the weapon should not have been sold because it had no reasonable civilian purpose.
The Sandy Hook tragedy spawned an aggressive anti-gun campaign with images of some mothers demanding “gun-free” schools, while others were horrified at drills held on school premises to train teachers and students how to respond to violent threats.
The mothers were horrified because the guns used in the drills might scare their children.
We are sitting on the brink of our own Peshawar here in the United States. We have 1,000’s of lone wolves, known wolves and organized Islamic terrorist groups operating in the United States.
All of whom are looking to make a grand statement in support of Allah and punch their ticket to paradise.
Our schools, filled with our precious children, are unarmed and indefensible. Schools that are looked upon as high-value targets by these extremists. Perfect targets for the homegrown American jihadist.
And about half of this country still believe that slapping “gun-free zone” stickers on the doors and windows of their schools is the way to deal with this threat… whether it comes from a lone shooter, a lone wolf or an organized terrorist group.
So what is the solution? Police? No. They won’t be there when the attack happens. Armed guards? Maybe. Except most school systems will not be able to afford enough guards with suitable training to counter an attack.
The solution is simple. Train and then arm the teachers and administrators. Every school should have a security force, composed of teachers and administrators, who are highly trained and capable of thwarting an attack. They’re on the front line. They will be there when the attack starts. And with proper training they will be able to eliminate the threat and minimize any damage.