Patch Poll: Do You Think Armed Guards Should Be Hired to Protect Public Schools?
Many schools have security guards and metal detectors—but should they go a step further, as Butler School District did this week?
The Aurora, CO theater in July, the Wisconsin Sikh Temple in August, the Oregon Mall earlier last week—and the mass shooting in Newtown, CT on Friday.
This year has been numbing in terms of America dealing with multiple deaths in public places. The blaming game has already started with such political and religious "hot potatoes" as gun control, lack of prayer in the schools, inadequate access to mental health care, lack of parental control, breakup of American families, etc.
According to Mother Jones, an independent news organization that features investigative and breaking news, there have been at least 62 mass shootings in America in the last 30 years—and most of the killers got their guns legally. Of the 139 guns possessed by the killers, more than three quarters were obtained legally and were semi-automatic handguns or assault weapons.
Even before the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Butler School District acted proactively this week by agreeing to put retired, armed state troopers in its schools, according to KDKA-TV.
The original plan was for the troopers to be in Butler's three secondary schools. Now, the television station reports, the discussion will expand to the 11 elementary schools.
It would be nearly impossible and very cost prohibitive to place a highly-trained armed officer in every school in America. And the truth is, there is no "safe" school, as evidenced by the Sandy Hook shooting in what was considered one of the safest places to live in America.
Do you agree with Butler School District's decision? Would you be willing to pay a little more in taxes to protect public school students? Tell us in the comments and vote in our poll.