MASS SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, PART 4
By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis CPP
Certified Protection ProfessionaL
Freelance Writer & Author
© All Rights Reserved
July 21, 2022
In parts 1 – 3, I covered a myriad hypothetical reasons why Mass Shootings occur. Tragically, thus-far, the only government response to preventing mass shootings has been to impose more unnecessary gun control on law abiding citizens. More specifically: More background checks, magazine capacity limits, and a repetitive call to ban the AR15 semi-auto sporting rifle even though the Supreme Court has ruled: USA citizens has a constitutional right to arm themselves for self-defense.
Notwithstanding, the evidence which clearly points to the primary issues causing mass shootings have largely, by and far, been ignored by government officials in Washington D.C. They have instead opted to focus on the firearm of choice of mass shooters as the cure.
As previously reported, illegal and pharmaceutical drugs as well as social and mental health issues are where the search for the “Root Cause Analysis Conclusion” should primarily be focused on and investigated, instead of the type of firearm used. After all, the firearm used is just a by product of the the shooters mind set and the end result of the crime itself. Nothing more, nothing less. So how is more expanded background checks and gun control laws going to stop the mass shooter when firearms are readily accessible on the black market? It’s not!
Also, how are expanded background checks going to prevent mass shootings, when juvenile criminal records and mental health treatment records are excluded? There not! In factual reality, the government is just using a tragedy to further their gun control agenda; red flag laws included, and using the bodies of dead victims as the vehicle of opportunity to achieve their goal – eliminating guns from society in the USA all together. Notwithstanding, their zeal and quest for total gun control, in the U.S., is a violation of the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Recent and former Supreme Court decisions pertaining to guns proves that.
Furthermore, applying the ostrich syndrome, or ignoring the “Root Cause Analysis Conclusion” of the problem or pretending that other relevant factors don’t exist only exacerbates the problem. Summarily, these illogical approaches to ending mass shootings only leads to more mass shootings and more body counts. The amazing concept, pertaining to mass school shootings, exists in the fact: Law enforcement, from past interactions, always knows the shooter, prior to the event.
Another fact is: Mass shooters broad cast their intent ahead of the crime on social media, e.g.,
social media outlets can identify conservative view points, on their social media platforms, but they can’t identify an individual who may be about to commit a mass shooting even though it’s broad cast on their platform before hand. The same applies to terrorist organizations using social media outlets to preach their cult ideologies. Generally, mass shooters follow the same stereotype, a stereotype derived from comparing mass shooters after the event or a criminal profile, so-to-speak.
Generally, mass shooters are from broken homes and troubled backgrounds. They have mental health issues as well as issues at home, at school, and with law enforcement. Case-in-point, the mass shooter, after the Uvalde, Texas shooter, threatened to kill his entire family which required law enforcement to become involved and lead to the seizure of the individuals knife collection. Afterwards, the father sponsored the same individual, who’s obviously mentally unstable, to acquire a firearms permit in the state of residency. Thereafter, the individual legally purchased firearms and committed a mass shooting at a 4th of July parade in his home town.
ON-SITE SECURITY SURVEYS OF SCHOOLS
Since all of the governments gun control options have failed to prevent mass shootings, perhaps they should do what should’ve been done from the onset and that is: To bring in Risk Management Specialists and setup security protocols and equipment to harden the security at schools and other venues of interest to mass shooters. Example for schools and universities:
1) Install closed circuit TV security cameras in all U.S. schools to include, but not limited to, interior (hallways), exterior areas of schools, i.e., on each perimeter corner, as well as above all entrance doors. The CCTV cameras should be wired to a monitor and recording device that records all activity for at least a month or longer.
2) Install locks on all school doors, including classroom doors so that they only open from the inside, except by key card access from the outside. All doors remain locked at all times. Outside and inside entry should be acquired, only by key card access to school personnel. All others should have to show identification and be allowed entry only after the proper identification and their purpose for accessing the school is acquired and documented.
3) Establish one entrance area, for school access and departure, except in an emergency situation.
4) Establish a red button alarm system; similar to one used by banks whereby the push of the button alerts local law enforcement of a school shooter trying to gain access or has gained access to the school.
5) Eliminate all hoodies and backpacks from the school grounds.
6) Place armed monitors at all schools, in case of an active shooter event.
7) Establish a metal detector at the one entrance access point.
8) Perimeter fencing around the school should be an option.
Which ever options a school chooses to apply, should be decided upon by the school board and the parents whose child or children attend school at a particular facility.
The primary goal of safety and security protocols are to prevent mass school shootings by depriving the shooter access to the school and the primary targets inside – the children themselves. Remember, when a mass school shooting event happens; it means that theres a catastrophic failure of the schools safety and security protocols which are designed to ensure the safety of security of every person inside that school. Final note, if a mass school shooter can’t access a school he can’t harm anyone.
SCHOOL SECURITY FUNDING
The primary responsibility of the Federal Government is to uphold the laws of the United States, the constitution, and protect its citizens, from all enemies, foreign and domestic. The federal bureaucracy in Washington D.C wastes more money each on frivolous agendas, it could easily harden the security at all U.S. schools to prevent mass shootings and keep all school children, teachers, and support groups safe with ease.
Case-in-point: Joe Biden’s administration secured 2 trillion dollars for Covid 19 relief. According to NEWS reports, of the two trillion appropriated dollars, only 10 % of the funds were used for Covid 19. The remaining funds went to pork-barrel-projects such as: Planting $500 Million dollars worth of trees in New York State as well as promoting CRT, LBGTQ and Sex Transition curriculums et.al. Another case-in-point is identified when Biden left over $80 Billion dollars of high tech arms and ammunition to the Taliban, upon the USA’s exit from Afghanistan. Alone, these funds could’ve been used to harden the safety and security at schools.
As previously stated, our governments incompetence and grossly wasteful spending could’ve hardened the security of every school in the USA. However, until this day happens it’s safe to say mass school shootings are going to continue. Right now, mass schooling’s are being reported in countries with some of the most stringent gun control laws in the world therefore gun control obviously isn’t the solution.
“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”