Another School Shooting

We Have a Problem

Yes, my thoughts and prayers are with and for the good people of Uvalde, TX today.  My thoughts and prayers are also for the good people of America. 

Please hear me though, we do not have a gun problem in America.  We have a people problem.  We need to quit blaming inanimate objects and start doing something to stop the problem. 

This isn’t an opportunity to push mine or your politics using a tragic incident.  We can do something though and we must, we must harden the target.

Harden the Target

We defend our politicians (President, congressmen, governors, celebrities, sporting events, jewelry stores, banks, office buildings, factories, courts, social security offices, and the list goes on) with personnel committed to defending and they do so with guns.  When it comes to our children in schools, we simply place a sign up that reads, “GUN FREE ZONE” and expect that to work.

I absolutely support the arming of staff members after meeting rigorous requirements including proficiency and even a psychological evaluation.  If staff members at the school don’t want to be armed and trained to meet threats to our children with deadly force, then harden the target a different way.

Control access to the building.  Limit the points of entry to the school grounds. Have quality locks on doors into the building and classrooms.  Have quality surveillance systems in place and share those feeds with the local police departments. 

Harden the target, give secure access to our children

Install windows in classrooms that allow for egress and evacuation.  Yes, remodel the school buildings to be ready for these types of events and to get our children out of harms way.  Yes, change building codes for new schools to include safety plans for this nonsense. 

Select quality and well-trained police officers to serve in the schools again instead of finding the touchy-feely officer that’s ready to retire and is looking for a dayshift, Monday-Friday gig.

Don’t have the staffing in your local PD for this program, then try embracing the National School Protection Force like that conceptualized by Steve Reichert (see link.)

Keep Talking but Talk About the Heroes

This conversation could and should go on but it needs to not be a political conversation nor a gun-focused conversation.  We have gun laws; those were broken just like in every other incident.  We have laws against assault and murder, those were broken just like in every other incident.  Until we are ready to address the mental health problems and the accountability problems we have as a nation, gun laws will change nothing. 

Talk to your school board members and school staff about their plans and insist that they make efforts to harden the target, refuse to allow them to be fish in a barrel. 

As we move forward try to focus on the heroes like the US Border Patrol Agent that rushed in and stopped the evil, commit to never speaking the name of the evil doer. 

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3 thoughts on “Another School Shooting

  1. Gene S Rudy Reply

    Very well said Mr. Layman. Unfortunately people have already started to politicize this incident to further their anti-gun cause. They blame the tool, not the user, mores the pity, if they would enforce current laws, and curb plea deals, early releases, etc. address the mental health issues, and face the reality that criminals will break the law, hence why they are criminals. Taking away the tool will only change how the criminal does the crime, it will not stop the crime.
    If school staff do not wish to be armed and trained, Im sure there could be found a whole host of former military and law enforcement that would be willing to protect out children. People want to speak of a “new norm” well, unfortunately this is the new norm, this happens and all too often now, so I agree, they need to harden the target, even up to and including “safe rooms” in class rooms.

    Thank you for allowing my comment, and thank you for writing this piece to begin with.
    Gene Rudy

  2. Randy Reply

    It’s not about politicizing an event. Its about taking a long hard look at exactly what the problem is. It is access to guns. We are the only country in thw developed world this happens. Go look at why.

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