The question we all have to ask ourselves regarding the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary is this: what would have prevented this tragedy?
One solution I have heard (as always occurs when there is a crime committed with guns) is that we need tighter restrictions on guns or more laws. The guns belonged to the shooter’s mother, a law-abiding citizen who legally purchased them, and licensed them. The guns used inside the school were not assault rifles or machine guns, so further restrictions on these weapons would not have prevented this tragedy.
The other logical fallacy with the gun control argument is that laws do not prevent these tragedies. The people committing these acts are not law-abiding citizens, so passing more laws has the effect of a British policeman, “Stop! Or I’ll say ‘stop’ again!”
I don’t know what the perfect answer is. But here’s my proposal, and brace yourself, because it’s a law.
I say we mandate that every public school in America must have at least one adult on campus during school hours that is armed and trained to defend our youth. If this passed, then the next time this happens (and there WILL be a next time), the school would be ready.
We have tornado drills and fire drills in our schools. I’ve been told that now they do “lockdown drills.” I don’t know what these entail, but if there isn’t someone armed on campus, and a criminal is shooting people, the only options you have are to hide or run away. You cannot protect children against violent criminals with mere laws: you need an appropriate response.
So let’s start training up adults. These don’t even have to be new positions: it could be principals, teachers, janitors, etc. Let’s get it done, so the next evil person to walk into a school with the intent to kill children (or anybody for that matter) is met with the words, “Never again.”