If you'd trust someone to be responsible for your children, to educate them, and to take care of them at school, why wouldn't you trust that same person to be armed in order to protect your children?
I don't think it's ever been more dangerous to be a private citizen in this country, than it is now. There are a lot of mentally deranged people walking the streets, and they don't always stand out. The guy on the right is clearly "nature's way of saying don't touch" but a lot of people with mental disorders look perfectly normal until they snap.
Schools are more dangerous than most other places because they have students who are mental cases, but they often just keep passing them on to the next grade. I taught some like that. I had one kid (and these were fifth graders) who threw a rock from a flower bed and severely injured the elderly woman who lived next door. She went to the hospital, but he was back in class on Monday. I had another one who was clearly a psychopath, but the school system forced me to have him in my classroom. He needed " a positive male role model" and he was part of the "inclusiveness" program. The kid used to bring a cigar box full of pencils sharpened to a diamond tip, and then throw them at the other kids. The effect was like a flachette round going off.
Could I take those away from him? No, that was a "release mechanism" for him. Too bad if he poked out some other kids eye during one of his episodes. So there are lots of those characters running around in schools that mom and dad at home don't know about. Teachers are not going to cross the administrators if they want to keep their jobs.
Then there are the just plain crazies. They're out there. Until the financial crash of the 2007-2008 period, Georgia had three large institutes for the mentally ill , that were owned by the state. When the Sheriff's Department brought someone in for crazy behavior, the hospital kept them for three days, then they were evacuated to one of the state mental institutions for evaluation and , if necessary, an extended stay.
Then came the crunch, and all of those were closed. So now, if a crazy gets taken to the ER, he gets put in a room for three days, then he is evacuated out the back door of the hospital and put back on the street. The rare exception is the mentally ill person who has health insurance to cover mental illness, but guess what? Not many of these folks do, as they are generally broke and homeless.
And there are other threats out there. School kids are good victims for Islamic terrorists, because it hits Americans hard. The Israelis learned how to deal with this, especially after the Ma'alot Massacre, but we don't seem to learn. The Ma'alot Massacre
Schools use the sardine defense, but inevitably some of the sardines get eaten.
Telling people that making a gun free zone of the school will protect their children, implies that criminals, terrorists, and the mentally ill are all impacted by little signs with a picture of a gun , overlaid by a circle with a line through it.
It's not a logical assertion.
And yet, after every incident, the high brow liberals come roaring out, saying we can fix this with more restrictive laws. We needn't take any positive action that will have an impact on the ground, just pass more laws.
Lighting candles, putting Teddy Bears and flowers on the chain link fence, all that gives people an emotional outlet when something like this shooting happens. But that's all it does.
Our high school here has only one approach for vehicles, and that has a guard booth and an armed guard. But anybody can climb up the blind side of that mountain, and come down through the trees. Maybe it's time to let the teachers carry. This is rural country, gun country, and most of the locals can use a gun in the same way they can a tire jack, or a chain saw, or any other tool you need up here.
No city will do that, because there are too many smirking, know it all liberals who have kids in private schools and figure they are safe no matter what happens to yours.
We have the Israeli model, we know it works. But we won't adopt it. Not because the working class of America has reservations, but because the people pulling the strings don't live in this world, and they don't have to deal with the situations the rest of the country does. It's just the way it is.
That's how I see it.