Safe Schools Again

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There were a few editorials in the local paper talking against something that would actually “make schools safer.” I worked at schools for 25 years, a charter member of our district’s Safety Committee, and I was trained in working with gang members and other threats to our children. One training, several years ago, was given by Lt. Colonel David Grossman, and it was one of the best seminars I have been to.  He was a murder specialist, a psychologist, retired veteran, and offered a seminar attended by police, border patrol, and some school safety folks. I learned a great deal. While at the seminar, I bought one of his books, and upon reading it, I became a believer. Go to http://www.killology.com/ and you too can learn a lot about societal safety. In his words, “we are sheep,” we are people, and are vulnerable to slaughter. Mr. Grossman, I found out at the book table, is also a Christian brother.

I didn’t do a school safety column here because I was actually sick from all the media attention to killology (the study of killing). Unfortunately, there were two local editorials that bugged me. Basically they said, having armed folks at schools would make us like a police state. There was another column which continued the bugging process, which said that weaponed people was part of the NRA conspiracy to arm the world. I wrote a Letter to the Editor of that paper, last week, offering a different view on safety and it was not published. Not a problem. The local paper has not been printing my letters for a long time. Censorship of Christians happens in lots of countries, and here as well. More on that later.

What I said in my letter was based on research, that perpetrators of peril do recon, and have never attacked a school where there is armed security. I sent my unpublished letter to several Christian friends. One of them is a retired, national award-winning teacher, who worked with me at my school for 20+ years. He agreed with my protective perception of the problem and shared that all those years, he and two other teachers, all kept weapons in their vehicles. They were all legal and licensed, but they realized the insecurity that existed in the school system. Ours was a junior high school, and two of the gunslingers were veterans, one retired Army I believe. The third member of the protective posse was a hunter, and also an excellent teacher. We had extra protection for our pupils, but it was all on the down low! God bless my brothers and their willingness to be shepherds for the sheep.

In my ignored letter, I basically said that we don’t have to hire any security staff. We have many ex and retired veterans, National Guard folks, boatloads of the unemployed, and caring PTO members. Our recipients of welfare benefits are called to do community service, and although I don’t have data, I will assume a few are veterans and responsible gun owners. They might prefer doing security work rather other activities to meet the requirements of “welfare to work.” How about the welfare of our children and an idea that might work?

Another part of the annoying column was the assumption that we need to spend more money on our teachers rather than protecting children. My unpublished suggestions wouldn’t cost money, but when you make a suggestion that might take away money from unions, liberal journalists will line up to put forth the politically correct! It is sad when safety is considered fiscally irresponsible. But then again, what should you expect from someone who has never put themselves in a position to risk for others?

In policy development, or column writing, many others don’t get it. One thing most Christians get is sacrifice. My friends went to Haiti, and are now preparing to go to the barrios of Mexico. In 1 John 3:16 he writes “This how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” And in John 10:14 it is reaffirmed, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” Would I put my life on the line to protect my grandchildren and their friends? You bet! I don’t own a gun nor am I a member of the NRA. I, and many of you, are like the Good Shepherd. We would lay down our life for the sheep. Sadly, many in this world wouldn’t let us.