I posted this opinion on my Facebook a while back, thought it would be interesting to gauge response here as well.
How many folks would volunteer a day a week, or 4 hours a day once or twice per week, to participate in a school watch program? Would you be willing to go through a full Federal background check, training from local LEOs, approval from school district, preliminary counseling screening? Would you do it if you could not carry anything more than a taser or pepper spray? Would you only participate if you could carry an ASP or a firearm? I ask, because I am sure each community would feel differently - as is their right.
This is the solution to the problem, ladies and gentleman. The local LEOs, for a multitude of reasons does not have the bandwidth or funding from most communities to put a full time team on each school. We cannot expect them to keep our children safe in this new day and age.
So - who is willing to stand up and help solve this problem? I guarantee after half a dozen school shootings are averted and the actor/s either end up six feet under or waiting on the death penalty to be carried out, the people who want to commit these heinous acts will find a softer target.
That, and classify mass public shootings acts of domestic terrorism that carries an implicit death penalty if found guilty. So we can put the money we save on the actor's life sentence can be put towards better use.
Time to take the responsibility of our community seriously and start putting boots on the ground to keep people safe again.
I would volunteer, and fund all of my own gear/training. I have the luxury of working largely from a home with a flex schedule. I realize not nearly everyone has that, but I would LOVE to see participation in this covered the same way as National Guard or First Responder programs. I would imagine anyone with a CHL would nearly immediately qualify, and while I know many here would vote against the psych counseling, I do not see something like this getting enacted without it.
So - thoughts?
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." ~ Edmund Burke
"Despite what your momma told you, violence does solve problems." - Ryan Job, SEAL Team 3