Protecting the Children
After the unthinkable events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, I found myself in tears and asking, how can something like this be prevented from happening again? The sad and frightening conclusion I came to is that it can't. I then began to question how the damage of a horrible act such as this can be minimized when evil and violence show their face in our nation's schools. The only way I can think of to protect our nation's children and educators is for every school district to place an armed police.
Many major public institutions in this country have armed guards or police officers present in them. Courthouses, hospitals, airports, even now movie theaters, all have trained, armed guards or police officers protecting those who work at or visit these establishments. So why would we not protect one of the most precious assets this country has, its children? My godmother, a school psychologist at a Connecticut elementary school, tried telling me that armed officers or guards will never find their way into schools. Why is this so?
After the shooting at Sandy Hook, how can we as a state and nation not at least entertain the idea of having armed officers in our schools? My godmother went on to say the presence of armed police officers would only frighten children and possibly cause unnecessary anxiety, especially in elementary-age children. But if you ask me, nothing could possibly be more frightening than the idea of a gunman roaming through a school at will, knowing there would be nobody there to stop him.
Armed police officers in every school might not deter an individual who is hell bent on causing harm to others, but the officers would be able to respond instantly and could certainly help save precious lives. The executive vice president of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre cited the lack of armed guards at the school as a reason for the massacre, arguing, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a...