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Give National School Shield plan a chance

Published: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

If you haven’t watched the National Rifle Association response to the Connecticut incident, you owe it to yourself to do so. 

During my law enforcement employment and reserve deputy duties, schools would hire security at school functions such as basketball, football games, school dances, etc. Having armed security in our schools isn’t a new concept.

Some schools have a trained officer on duty at all times, but because of the money crunch and allowing a few anti-gun people to dictate their wishes, we’ve created an area where the “bad guy” is free to enter or at least be on the property.

Once entry is gained into our schools, this person is confronted with no “trained, qualified person” capable of escalating their response to meet the specific incident at hand.

Because of lack of mental health care for so many years, victims of mental health are  becoming quite evident. Law enforcement’s hands are tied; there’s little they can do without appropriate preventative laws. It’s up to us now; taking firearms out of the hands of good people will not fix this.

There are those who think the rifle used in Connecticut is an assault rifle like used by our military. It’s not. The military version is capable of being fired in full-automatic “machine gun” mode, where the civilian version is semi-auto only. That’s a common available function of many makes and models of civilian firearms for years. Full auto-capable firearms have their own restrictions.

The National School Shield Program, and I’m under the understanding it’s paid for by the NRA, entails training and security consultation, customized to suit each school’s needs. Why not try it? The lives of our kids depend on it.

Please encourage your school authorities to give this program a chance. Eliminating the “no gun zone,” thus allowing qualified concealed carry, is the way to go.

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