Look, these school shootings are a grotesque fad, and there are things you should realize about fads: First: understand that it is a fad. The real, permanent solution for a fad is to wait it out. All fads are media-driven. The real, permanent way to kill a fad is to starve it of attention. Only the media can do that, but they don’t because… well… there’s no good reason for why the media are as corrupt as they are, and for why they continue to feed the fad.
So, while we wait for the media to stop fueling the school shooting fad, I have the simple solution for the here and now. Here’s all you have to do. (Note: This is a serious proposal):
- Put a locked box containing a gun in every classroom. The box should have an electronic combination lock on it, and it should be secured so that (1) the box can’t be moved, and (2) no one can get into it, because (3) no one knows the combination. The box can be opened remotely, by electronic signal, or by someone who knows the combination. Take this seriously… only authorized personnel can know the combination.
- The gun must regularly be certified to be in good operating order.
- Every teacher must pass regular certification for use of the handgun that will be contained in the box.
- There is always to be one person at the school at all times, with authorization to use the remote that opens the lock boxes. If the principal is away, it’s the vice-principal, and some hierarchy of senior teachers. Possibly two or three teachers have the remote. Or more, if needed, depending on the size and configuration of the school campus.
- Then, when an incident happens, someone pushes the button on the remote that opens the boxes, and instantly the softest of targets is… hard. Harder, in fact, than a U.S. Army base (sadly).
- Want to make the room even harder? Okay. Make every handgun biometrically operable only by the teacher in whose room it’s stored. It’d be operable only for five minutes, then it would require another finger scan.(1)
- Got several teachers in a room? Make the gun biometrically operable by all those teachers.
- Does a teacher move, retire, get fired? Remove his fingerprints from the biometrics of the handgun.
By the way, you don’t even have to do this for real, just announce that you’re going to do it. Around the nation. The killer in Parkland, Florida drove past the High School where the shooter knew there was an armed security guard, to attack the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School where he thought there was no protection. As it turns out, there was protection — if ineffective — at MSD.
When I told my brilliant son about my idea, he liked it, and then said, “But, it’ll be too expensive.” Yep. Except that it’ll be less expensive than full-time security guards who, apparently, aren’t all that effective anyway. And it’ll stop school shootings.
A high school that’s instantly hardened, with trained handgun users all around, is a much less attractive target for anyone, especially a would-be shooter who might be worried about bullets coming back. In other words: all would-be shooters.
And, again, you don’t have to do this all at once. Look at this militarily: Harden the most strategically-placed classrooms first, then steadily build up the hardness of the school.
The best thing about this is that you don’t even need a law to do this. You can do it locally — at the individual school level. A moderately competent IT-consulting company could implement the whole thing, and the technology exists to do this right now.
Don’t worry… this will all blow over. This kind of thing isn’t even all that unusual. Remember, we used to have “nuclear attack drills” too, in which school children cowered under desks, as we worried about atomic bombs raining down on us from the Soviet Union.(2)
However, if we were to do as I’m suggesting here, school shootings would stop tomorrow.
Don’t forget the unintended consequences. Any would-be shooters immediately would re-focus on some other soft target, and we’d have to consider that.
(1) In case the shooter obtains the gun from the teacher
(2) That was our left-wing American media’s fault too.