posted on Dec, 16 2012 @ 05:56 PM
The best musing I've seen on what to do about hardening schools to prevent events like this that doesn't involve infringing on my right to bear
From Market Ticker
Next, let's talk about the school once again, because here we see an over-reliance on half-measures and "feel good" ideation as well. The
school locked the doors and required a buzzer to enter, which sounds reasonable. The problem is that they didn't armor the glass in the immediate
vicinity of the door, making possible a trivial forced entry. A person intent on homicide doesn't care if he breaks a window (a petty crime) first.
You can't reasonably replace all windows with shatter-proof panes (e.g. wired-mesh glass that can be shot through but will not break in a fashion
that allows entry) but you can do so for that glass in an entry door or in its immediate vicinity, and you can for small windows in and immediately in
the vicinity of classroom doors. You can also equip classroom doors with cylinder deadbolt locks that require a key from the outside to open, but can
be operated without a key from the inside. These enhancements, which are pretty inexpensive, would have thwarted the shooter's forced entry into the
school and if he gained entry to the building would have prevented his entry into the classrooms. There are reports that teachers had to use file
cabinets and their bodies to barricade the doors; one was shot and injured doing so. That's outrageous when a quality deadbolt-equipped door and
metal frame bolted to the structure of the building costs only a few hundred dollars.
The entire article is pretty good though those that can only say "guns are bad" probably won't like it.
Hardening schools better seems like something that those on either side of the gun control debate could agree on, and it would be relatively
inexpensive. I don't think you could completely harden a school without turning it into a mini-prison, but anything that allows teachers to secure
children in a room behind a solid door and good lock might buy enough time to save lives.
There are plenty of more controversial ideas floating around like arming teachers/admin, cop in every school, revoking school gun-free zone laws, and
sadly, revoking the Second Amendment. Let's find some things we can all agree on that might better mitigate events like these before tackling the
ideas that are sure to piss someone on the other side of the isle off.