Atlanta School Shooting, Metal Detectors, And Guards

Posted: February 1, 2013 by ShortTimer in Crime, Education, Government, Guns, Obama administration

Drudge has these three stories stacked together to tell a larger story this morning.

Armed Guard Disarmed Teen In Atlanta School Shooting

Atlanta • A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said.

Wayne LaPierre’s simple statement proves true again, and those who reject defense seem that much more foolish.

Georgia School Had Metal Detectors

ATLANTA (AP) — A middle school where a 14-year-old boy was shot and wounded in the neck by a fellow student had metal detectors, and school officials were investigating how the shooter made it past them.

At airports, we have metal detectors.  The objective is to control points of entry to airports, and guarantee that most weapons are prevented from getting on the plane.  The TSA’s intrusive measures and the treatment of everyone like a criminal (they even molest pilots who could fly the plane into the ground if they so chose) are somewhat akin to gun control – they focus on tools and not on people with ill intentions.  But for the moment, let’s look at how they use metal detectors to deter weapons with metal parts from being brought onto airplanes.  This is airport security:

airport security

See those big silver, gray, and black things?  Those are metal detectors.  See those other things that are varied colors up top, mostly blue in the middle, and black on the bottom, with a shiny spot on their top right corner?  Those are guards.  Some may be armed, some may not be armed.  Some just act as screeners, some act as responders.  The metal detector is just a tool.  The person doing the guarding is what makes the difference.

So how could he get past the metal detectors?  By walking.  How did he get past the guards is what people should be asking.

An off-duty armed resource officer who was at the school was able to grab the gun away from the suspect, who was taken into custody. Charges against the shooter were pending, Campos said.

Or they should be asking why the guard who was there was off-duty and why they’re relying on his dedication to be there on his own time – or just luck that he was there, and why they don’t have full-time guards.

And the third story: Newtown Calls For Armed School Officers

The Newtown Board of Education wants more armed police officers in the towns four elementary schools after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary last month.

Last night, they decided to ask the town to approve the request to include one additional full-time Newtown police at each of the elementary schools in next year’s budget.

Today, members of the board will be meeting with state and federal officials about obtaining additional funding for security.

“Our parents are demanding of us that things are made safe and secure and certain measures are put in place,” Chairwoman Debbie Leidlein said. “So we’re being very thoughtful.”

Remember, that federal school security funding was stuff that Obama cut off.



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