January 23, 2013
In the wake of the school murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, school administrators across the nation are formulating proactive planning in an effort to include a first line of defense. Protection of elementary school aged children has become an awareness never before seen in this country.
Unprecedented and tragic violence has become a well-spring of opinions focusing on gun ownership, possession, and weapon platforms. There is some conversation focusing on mental health issues and application of HIPPA Laws regarding patient confidentiality. One overwhelming question remains: what freedoms written in our Constitution will be subjected to government overbearance?
Recently Wake County School Board proposed employing unarmed security guards at Wake County Elementary Schools at a cost of 2.4 million dollars. Most parents approve of the measure to add unarmed security guards in schools. The motion to approve the cost has seen ebbs and flow on both sides to the equation giving rise to the proposal being tabled for further discussion and review.
In light of the mass killings nationwide recently, should elementary schools have unarmed security personnel as a first line of defense? What should Moore County Commissioners consider to prevent another tragedy similar to Sandy Hook?
We have experienced our own tragedy when convicted murder Robert Stewart opened fire on innocent residents of a local nursing home. Is there a formula to protect citizens who gather in large groups in enclosed structures, or wait for the next headline news story? Perhaps the next psychologically dysfunctional individual may choose targets other than schools or movie theaters.
Do viable solutions exist for protection in public places really exist as an option or are we headed for an all out police state?