Wayne Stollings wrote:
I think the prison school approach is long over due. We need to build schools more like bunkers and add bullet resistent glass to prevent snipers. The buses could be fitted with the same glass with kevlar armor and maybe even add armed guards to ride them. Then we could work on the shopping malls to make them more defensible too.
Wayne, what I described would have worked to prevent what happened last week and at reasonable costs. Kevlar armor and armed guards, not so much. Your idea is........
Wayne Stollings wrote:
There was a security door, which would not have held up to the gunman had he used the weapons on it, that was part of the systme that required photo identification to be presented to the office staff. Once the glass was shattered the door could be opened by reaching through. An armed guard was already outgunned from the onset and in order to respond to the entrance would have to expose themselves to fire by a superior selection of firepower. Your idea would have had a minimal effect on the incident, just as the normal security procedures impact was minimal.
And you call that a security system? Yeah, a security door...with a plate glass window in it or next to it that can be easily broken. Why have a security door then?
Didn't you just indicate the use of Kevlar armor, armed guards and bullet resistant glass was not a reasonable cost? You remind me of a gun store owner once who spent good money for a high security door that could not easily be breached. It was still intact after they cleaned him out of guns. They went through the wall with ease and ignored the security. The only way is for total security unless you are just doing it for show or to feel good about doing something.
Photo identification presented to the office staff. That should be done from the entrance via cameras and microphones, not in the office after the whacko is in the building.
And the quality of this equipment that can get a good image from the ID is going to be reasonably priced? Again, it would only work against people not intent on getting in to do harm.
And as soon as a door or window is breached the whole school should be in lock down mode including the door locks on the classrooms I described.
An automatic or manual system? Neither would be inexpensive given all of the safety interlocks. The times between classes could lock children out, for example.
And I agree, an armed guard with a six shot wheel gun, or even a higher capacity semi-auto is indeed outgunned. Why wouldn't you arm them with at least an AR15 and high capacity semi-auto side arm?
That would be sure to make the children and parents feel safe wouldn't it? A heavily armed guard in every school so gun owners would not be inconvenienced. Great PR move for removal of guns. Of course the cost just went up more in the process.