Okay, before you trumpet to the heavens that here we see the value of armed school guards, a little bit of reality to lay on you-
1. The shooter was taken into custody "minutes after" the shooting event. It is worth mentioning that the Newtown shooter was all done "minutes after" he started shooting, and 26 people were already dead at that point, along with the shooter. Just sayin' "minutes after" will not cut it, not when the perpÂ is an actual wannabee mass murderer with an assault rifle. This guy was not another Lanza. He fired a few shots and killed nobody.
2.Â The shooter was taken into custody with no incident, offering no apparent resistance to the armed guard. Did it really matter that the guard was armed?Â If there was no shooting, maybe not. There have been cases of school shooters giving up without firing a shot, after they have done their bit.
I spotted this on the 'net today-
According to the FBI, in the entire country in 2011 there were just 201 justifiable homicides committed with guns by private citizens. There are over 300 million guns in America, which means that about 1 out of every 1.5 million guns was actually used for lethal self-defense. According to the National Weather Service, your chance of being hit by lightning this year is a mere 1 in 1 million.
So really, all we need to do is put armed guards in every school?Â What about the jet pack you need to strap onto your security officer's back so he can zip from one side of the school to the other within 20 seconds? What about the 99% of American shooting victims who are not shot inside a school?Â Sorry if I am a wet blanket.Â Â :)