by Dave Mindeman
A lot of people are fed up with school shootings and want something done. Well, the Osseo School District School Board Chair, Robert Gerhart, has a plan.
Gerhart proposed that volunteers 21 and older who have a permit to carry a weapon be allowed to patrol the district’s buildings. The volunteers would provide their own firearms. They would have to pass a background check and complete a firearms safety course and show proficiency on a shooting range with a certified instructor.
Wow. Here is an action guy. Volunteers patrolling the schools…with weapons and as young as 21.
What could possibly go wrong with that?
Well, pretty much everything. The people who are going to volunteer for this without pay, are going to be just about every trigger happy Rambo in the general vicinity. With delusions of blowing the bad guys away it is only a matter of time before someone makes a mistake and draws their weapon for just about any mundane reason imaginable.
Students need protection, but students also do some stupid things. And seeing guys (and I am betting heavily that this will be a guy thing) walking around with weapons (kind of concealed) is a ripe scenario for trouble.
This kind of job is going to be a boring one. There is a small chance that any school is targeted, but if it is, you need people who are experienced…are ready….and can stay calm in the worst situation.
A 21 year old with a gun in a security situation is just begging for an opportunity to be a “hero” and when actually confronted in a real scenario will more than likely fail.
If you want to protect a school, limit entrance to one door and establish a metal detector there with trained professionals.
And good luck getting the funding, because when it comes to ponying up for REAL protection, those in power are the real cowards