The incident at Parkland, where police officers hid rather than face the shooter, clearly demonstrated that police officers are not the answer to school shootings. We should have learned this nine years ago at Columbine when the police refused to enter the school until the shooting stopped. And who could blame them? Their pistols are no match to a military-style semi-automatic rifle. And to many of them, theses students are somebody else’s kids. They want to stay alive and go home to their own families.
Although a defender of the Second Amendment, I would support a ban on military-style rifles. I don’t understand why anyone would want one. I was a little lad during WWII. My friends and I spent many hours patrolling the neighborhood with toy rifles, pretending to look for Germans. After spending two years in the Army carrying real rifles, I outgrew that. And I know that banning weapons will not end school shootings. Anyone wanting to commit a massacre would be willing and able to possess an illegal weapon.
The only answer is to arm carefully-screened and properly-trained teachers and school staff who are willing and able to stand-up to a shooter, particularly those who are combat veterans. And they would already be in the line of fire.
I am a part-time, volunteer classroom aide at St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradenton. I see how these teachers love their students and how they love their teachers. I love them, too. I would gladly sacrifice my own life to save any one of those kids. I’m sure that these teachers feel the same way.