The Debate Continues On Armed Guards In Schools
A quick Google search is all that is needed to show that there are many arguments about armed guards in our public schools. One poll showed that 74% of Americans believe more security guards would help prevent mass shootings in public places like schools and movie theaters. Another showed a more evenly split poll with 53% saying yes to more armed guards and 47% saying no.
It is estimated that about 1/3 of all public schools already have armed security guards. And, while we as Americans seem to be ok with an armed presence in some places like airports and government buildings, there are is a population that doesn’t want them in schools. They tout “police state” and “armed camp” as opposition to armed security personnel. This same group also supports gun bans, restrictions, lists and other actions that don’t necessarily target a potential criminal or event.
We protect professional athletes and coaches with armed guards, why not our children?
Now, it would appear that the armed guards that are currently in the public buildings that many of us frequent daily are there for the purpose of providing a safe environment. We have armed guards in banks, malls and even escorting professional athletes and their coaches. We don’t object to safeguarding these places and people with armed security so why not our children?
There are other security measures that can be addressed with our schools and public places such as specific, entry-controlled methods like most airports currently use. Some newer schools were able to design their entry in this way, but for older schools and buildings, re-routing traffic and changing parking areas can be time and cost prohibitive. Given that a large majority of schools are already addressing security with full time staff as Safety Monitors, training with firearms is the next logical step.
We will never be able to provide a 100% safe environment in this world but we can do more to protect our children in their schools.
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