Compare and contrast…

Harrold, Texas:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry urged school districts to review their plans to ensure they are prepared to respond to incidents such as the horrific shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday.

David Thweatt, superintendent of the tiny Harrold school district in northwest Texas, believes his staff is ready.

Besides special locks and security cameras, an undisclosed number of staff members and teachers carry concealed handguns.

Thweatt said the “guardian plan,” which drew international attention when it was implemented in 2008, definitely enhances student safety.

“Is that 100 percent? No,” Thweatt said Friday in a telephone interview. “Nothing is 100 percent. But what we do know is that we’ve done all we can to protect our children.”

..and San Antonio:

(NRA President Wayne) LaPierre called on Congress to fund armed guards in every school and outlined a “National School Shield Program … for every school that wants it.”…

Edgewood Independent School District board president Joseph Guerra said the proposal amounts to “living in fear.”

He said he enjoys hunting but no longer belongs to the NRA, which he called “a clique that has become out of touch.”

“I think there does need to be some talk about restrictions, as I don’t need an AK-47 or AR-15 assault rifle to go hunting or protect myself,” Guerra said.

North East Superintendent Brian Gottardy said it was “insensitive for the NRA to pretend to know how to best protect our schools.”

NEISD has a response plan “for everything from an insect bite to what happened in Newtown, Conn.,” and is reviewing it for possible improvements — but schools can only do so much to thwart an attacking gunman, he said.

“There is not one cure-all solution for every school district … throughout the country,” Gottardy said. “There are no quick fixes.”

So, to recap:

Harrold school district: “Hey, let’s let the teachers with CHLs carry their guns. No plan is 100 percent foolproof, but we can say we did everything we could to protect the children, especially considering the nearest cop is about 10 minutes away.”

San Antonio school districts: “Putting armed people on campus living in fear! NRA cliquey and insensitive! Assault weapons bad! WHAAAARGARBL!”

And Jesus wept. BITTERLY.


4 Responses to “Compare and contrast…”

  1. Jeff Bauer Says:

    Jonathan Kay, 2012- The NRA’s monstrously stupid plan to put gun-toting guards in every school

    LA Times, 2000 – Marking the first anniversary of the shooting deaths at Columbine High School, President Clinton announced $120 million in new federal grants Saturday to place more police officers in schools …


  2. Crotalus Says:

    Being armed is living in fear? Wow! Who’d a thunk it? I thought that being armed meant one allayed fear by being prepared to meet the threat.

    And the NRA “pretended” to know what’s best? Well, Brian, how well did your way work in Sandy Hook?

    The Harrold District has it right. Wayne has it only half right: There should be armed citizens on campus, at each schools discretion. But mandating armed guards doesn’t put armed citizens at the schools; it puts armed government agents at the schools. As was said elsewhere, “TSA for tots!”

  3. GomeznSA Says:

    While the hoplophobes continue to gnash their teeth and decry reasonable precautions which may or may not include trained armed personnel inside the schools, virtually all school kids up to and thru college age, are firmly ensconced in ‘gun free zones’.
    We need to look at how the Israelis have reacted after what happened at Ma’alot in 1974. The question is – do we have the national will (as they do) to enact reasonable and common sense precautions.

  4. Sabra Morse Onstott Says:

    Of course, NEISD’s “response plan” is a two-pronged attack of making it more difficult for parents to do anything on campus and of standing around unarmed and imitating targets. I have little faith in their ability to actually protect children.

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