posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 01:13 PM
reply to post by goou111
Still pondering this, but first thought is that an arms race with "crazy" leads to no good.
It might also be useful to look to research which has shown that the presence or armed security in schools actually leads to students feeling
safe..Counter-intuitive I know, but still borne out in research. If a child arrives at school and someone is standing guard there with an
assault rifle...then obviously the childs thoughts center on immenent danger.
It also makes me think of the psuedo-freakonomics studies which have shown that in schools with metal detectors...crime actually rises. Something
about being screened for weapons as they enter school, tells the students that there is an expectation that they will act criminally and leads to
students meeting those expectations.
Lastly, since studies have shown that the presence of armed school guards leads to greater feelings of "insecurity"...and those feelings have been
linked to lower academic performance...
There is a risk/return to be calculated. Of course if the risk is high that a school shooting might occur, then the trade-off is worth it, but if the
risk is low...is it worth the lower academic performance and climate of insecurity?
I know well that many folks here are not interested in intelligent debate or discussion...but here's to hoping otherwise
edit on 23-1-2013 by
Indigo5 because: (no reason given)