8 thoughts on ““Gun-Free” School Zones

  1. Der Schtumpy

    I know it’s never a ‘good time’ to ask such questions, but I wonder what the parents of the 20 kids killed at Newtown think of Gun Free Zones, total gun bans, assault weapons bans, the 2nd Amendment, etc. now.

    I’ve gotta say it seems odd to me that not one article I’ve read has a quote from one pro gun person from the town, from any regular citizens. I’m doubting that every single citizen is anti-gun in a town of 28K people, even in a town in the NE.

    Or maybe it’s one of those Obama towns, where 17K voters out of the 14K registered voters are anti-gun.

  2. Karl Hallowell

    I think the problem here is that we don’t have massacre-free zones. That would solve the problem nicely especially when coupled with zero tolerance policies for shooting kids and unarmed adults.

    Also, I like that petition, Bilwick. If it’s good enough for our kids, it’s good enough for our president.

  3. Der Schtumpy

    One of the local school systems here in central NC is ‘considering’ hiring unarmed security people for each elementary school. They are also going to lock the doors after school has started [many are already doing this BTW], and ONLY the security guards will let people enter the schools during teaching hours.

    I’m guessing the short sighted goofballs who came up with this brilliant idea didn’t read that the doors in Newtown WERE locked and that Lanza shot out the glass, entered the school and created havoc. And the cost of this brilliance is an estimated half million dollars per year.

    NBD right, don’t most school systems keep complaining that they have too much money?

    1. Gregg

      It would be expensive but perhaps all first floor glass could be retrofitted with alarms such that if they were broken, an alarm sounds and the Police Department are alerted. Home security systems have this.

      In addition, maybe we have to fence in the school property with barbed wire up top. Security cameras can watch the wire and the hired security guards could be watching the screens.

      1. Daver

        I’m not sure that the sensors would have done much good. I don’t know the timeline at Sandy Hook–when the guy broke in, when the police were notified, when the police arrived, but I suspect that most of the delay was between when the police were notified and when they actually arrived and started to do something.

        The current Code Red “plan” at my daughter’s school is to barricade the door and to wait for the attacker to break in and start plugging people until the police arrive and decide to do something. I think a more reasonable plan might be the run away gambit–have the kids flee the school, in as many different directions as possible. In that case, fewer fences and lower ones might be a better alternative.

        1. Daver

          OK, they had their Code Red drill. The teacher ignored it–taught right through it.

          Maybe a better plan would be to put cameras in the classroom. That might protect the school from liability in case a kid accused a teacher of acting inappropriately. If the teacher did act inappropriately the school could conveniently lose the tapes. It could help with distance learning, or with kids who have to be absent for the day. It could help administrators gauge the effectiveness of various drills. It could help the police determine where the problems were if a situation did develop.

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