There are no simple, easy solutions to school shootings | Columnists

Always raise an eyebrow and pause when someone offers a quick solution to a complex problem.

That’s the advice my dad gave me, but maybe not in those terms. It was more like “only fools know everything”. I think he was trying to tell me not to be a know-it-all, so I’ll try to control myself here.

Most of us felt a tremendous sense of shock, grief and grief when we learned of the severity of the senseless shooting at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which left 19 children and children dead. 2 teachers.

Like we felt when 17 students and staff were gunned down at a high school in Parkland, Florida in 2018.

Or the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012. Even though some people with national megaphones said it was faked by actors, it really happened. Adam Lanza, himself little more than a male child, killed 20 children and 6 adults.

As I read a letter to the editor this week in The Daily Courier written by Keith Hunter, I was reminded of the colorful words my dad used. If he were alive today and read Mr. Hunter’s letter, he would probably shake his head and give one of those clucking sounds in his cheek that he used with his mules, one of which was quite stubborn and had sometimes need a slap of the reins to make him think.

Mr Hunter expressed outrage and outrage that when he went to pick up a grandchild from school he was told there was no armed guard. He sent him straight to the sheriff’s office to share his reprimand. And in his letter, he disguises the sheriff’s office and says there should be a full-time armed guard at every school.

I don’t know if Mr. Hunter made the same suggestion after one of the many school shootings that have plagued us for years. Somehow I doubt it.

But hopefully there are enough balanced minds here to understand that this is an extremely complex societal problem with more legs than a centipede. We could throw on the table the fact that armed guards failed to prevent school shootings. We just have to read the details from Parkland and follow the upcoming trial of the cop who failed to engage the shooter, or the police who handled the Texas school shooting.

This is not a criticism of the police. Cops I’ve known well, including two who were shot, would be the first to tell you that the dynamics of a shooting situation and how it affects even a trained and armed officer can vary widely from person to person. ‘other. You never really know until you’re under fire.

Given this fact, one can only imagine the risks we would take if we asked teachers and administrators to be armed. Haven’t they been emotionally abused enough already?

We made a huge mistake when these shootings started years ago. We have failed to merge, to come together on behalf of teachers, administrators and children. It’s time to identify all the problems in this complex mess and start solving them.

Otherwise, you might as well put up 12-foot-high chain-link fences with anti-climb and anti-cut devices around all the schools. You know, like the ones around our prisons.

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