I know this will come as a shock to many, but it has to be said:
The world is a dangerous place.
There is no such thing as safety.
Things in the world will kill you – no one gets out of here alive.
Hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes.
Terrorist bombings, acid attacks.
Did you know that the majority of fatal heart attacks occur within 30 minutes of getting out of bed in the morning? Bottom line there is: if you are afraid of dying, stay in bed.
If you do get out of bed and do not have a heart attack, you could fall down your stairs, set your stove on fire, drown in your bathtub. The majority of fatal accidents occur in the home.
If you make it out of your house alive, you could be hit by lightning or a meteorite, or a piece of blue ice falling from a passing jet.
Leave your yard and you could get hit by a bus.
As I said: no one gets out of here alive.
Your choice is simple: go out there and live your life or hide under your bed. Either way, sooner or later, you will die. I promise.
In between life and death, we do have the choice to manage the dangers of life as best we can in order to live our lives to the fullest degree we chose, while – hopefully – not trampling on the freedoms of others.
This includes how we chose to protect our children.
Clearly, we, as a society, are not doing everything we can and should be doing to insure that our children are protected from abominations such as school shootings.
In the most recent (publicized) school shooting, there is more than enough blame to go around.
People close to the shooter knew he was dangerous.
The FBI ignored a credible threat about the shooter.
Local law enforcement ignored multiple threats about the shooter.
Perhaps most outrageously, the killer was easily able to walk into a school from which he was banned, heavily armed and roam freely, killing at will.
This was inexcusable and completely preventable.
There are very few government facilities that can be entered without – at a minimum – passing through a metal detector.
You cannot get on an airplane without having your bags searched.
I have worked in secure military facilities and private, telephone call-centers. Controlled access is common and simple: a proximity card with your name and photograph prominently displayed. The card is to remain visible at all times. The card says to all and sundry “this is who I am and I belong here”. The card also acts as an electronic key for only those buildings and doors through which you are allowed access. You cannot get into any building without the card (and then there is a record that you are in said building). You cannot get into any room in which you are not authorized (and once in said room, there is a record that you are in that room).
As a bonus, the proximity card can be deactivated remotely.
Many military and government facilities also employ gate guards at all drive through access points. No official identification; no entry. You live on base and lost your identification card in town, there is a process. You will be late for dinner, however. Don’t lose your ID.
It would take very few modifications to systems such as these to secure a school campus.
Photo ID card that doubles as an electronic proximity card
One-person turn stiles at exterior pedestrian access points.
By implementing these few simple measures that are already employed practically everywhere, a school property could be almost completely restricted to only those individuals who are authorized to be there and who are not carrying anything metal.
The Left screams “Do something if you care”, but can offer no better option than denying an old woman her ability to protect herself (that would be me).
The Right screams “give us a viable solution”.
I am pretty sure both sides are idiots who would rather fight over the bodies of dead children than apply a few basic and common risk management strategies.
Here is your viable option.
Oh and FYI: there was better security at last night’s Oscar’s than on most school grounds.