Stop Paying Mass Murderers to Kill Our Kids

Students are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school
Students are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Mass murderers kill our kids for simple reasons. The mass murder of innocents gives the murderer a powerful reward. Yes, murder pays. In fact, the payoff is huge. The payoff is also extremely reliable. As shocking as it is when our innocent children are murdered in our schools, we are not coming anywhere close to best practice in our effort to stop these horrific events. The sad fact is that mass murderers are learning and reacting faster than we are. Murderers are learning faster than our politicians and our school officials. Murderers are certainly learning faster than our news media. It is time for parents and other concerned citizens to change that. We know how to stop these attacks. Here is what you can do to make our kids safer.

Where do we fall short?

The murderers learned their lessons well. Their attacks follow a pattern and have a high probability of success. Some schools have a “full time” law enforcement officer at the school. That sounds good, but is a bad plan. Many schools are not given that much protection and they have to share an officer between several schools or between widely separated buildings. Stationing a law enforcement officer at the school may provide political cover for the sheriff and school board, but it is far from best practice. Are children gathered in a school location that is several minutes from the School Resource Officer? Are many children at school when there is not an armed adult protecting them? The answers are almost certainly ‘Yes!’ Are children off campus with a school activity when they are unprotected? I’m sure they are.

Murderers learned from our mistakes. They to attack the school before staff are in place. The murderers learned to attack the School Resource Officer first, or to wait until the SRO is away from the scene. In contrast, armed volunteers who carry concealed are harder to spot. Best practice says that there should be several armed responders with the students at all times. That usually means that volunteer staff carry concealed while wearing plain clothes.

Two NYPD School Safety patrol cars parked outside a school on Rivington Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan before the morning rush hour.
Two NYPD School Safety patrol cars parked outside a school on Rivington Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan before the morning rush hour.

We need an armed responder in every building. We want to have a responder on every hallway. For each armed responder, we’d ideally have several additional staff members who are trained in emergency trauma care. Medical training is important and achievable. Implementing an armed responder program might take months. Consider that we can provide medical training to school staff this weekend. As surprising as this claim may sound, these armed and trained staff can cost the school almost nothing.

Murderers learned that it is virtually impossible to enter a prepared and protected classroom. Preparing that classroom cost only a few dollars per door and per window. Unfortunately, the murderers changed their tactics. Now, murderers simply pull the fire alarm. That gives the murderers a hallway full of unprotected targets.

Best practice is to let the fire alarm ring directly at the fire station and at the school offices, but to not sound the alarm within the school until the presence of a fire is verified by school staff. That might only involve verification that a smoke detector went off at the same time as the alarm was pulled. Verification could involve video confirmation, or a call to a teachers on that hallway. The appropriate response varies depending on conditions. For example, the alarm might sound inside the school if the building is thinly unoccupied over the weekend versus using a silent alarm when the building is full of students during the week.

Murderers are working around the silent alarm by bringing explosives to school. An explosion creates chaos and will probably flood the hallways. The bomb threat does other things as well. A suspicious parcel with some flares and batteries will keep emergency medical responders far away from the scene. That delayed medical response results in more deaths.

Here is what you can do

Ask your school principal when the school had their last safety audit. What were the findings? Were changes put in place to make your school safer as a result of the school safety survey? How are bullying and threats of violence reported and acted on? Those are simple questions that any concerned citizen can ask of their local school officials. Those are questions that school officials should be able to answer.

Look at the Underlying Cause of the Attacks

We reward attacks. Our culture is saturated with news and entertainment media. Young people are particularly obsessed with celebrities. Consider that our high school students might not be able to name the governor of their state, but they can name several popular actors and singers.

We elevate these mass murders to rock-star status, and that is why these murderers kill our kids.

When you turn psychopaths into celebrities..then you get more psychopaths. The copycats take 4 to 6 weeks to hatch their plans. We saw over 70 copycat attempts after the mass murders at Columbine High School. Trends are headed in the wrong direction, and media coverage of mass murder has increased since that attack took place.

The personal motivations of these mass murderers is clear. Whatever their perceived grievance might be, psychopaths kill innocent people in order to receive a large fortune in free publicity. We deliver that reward to them time after time. Our news outlets provide a public relations media marketing campaign for every mass murderer. The murderer’s face is spread across the television news shows for hours on end. Television and radio mention the murderer’s name several times an hour. That level of promotion would normally cost a company or a politician about $70 million per hour. The media provides that level of notoriety to the killer.. and we pay the price.

The media coverage is extensive and persistent. The murderer’s atrocity is reported on multiple media outlets from coast to coast. The coverage lasts for days. Think about that. How many copycat school murders could you buy, how many could you create, with 2 billion dollars of publicity? Do the math yourself. We are paying to get our kids killed.

Local and National Solutions

Pass local ordinances that make it illegal to report the name and show the image of mass murderers. Ask companies and politicians to boycott media channels that promote mass murderers.

At the individual level, we can talk to advertisers directly. Tell advertiser that we won’t buy their products because they advertised on stations that put our children at risk. National legislation can follow suit.

Here are two campaigns at Change.org to do that.

Ask the media to change their reporting of mass murders.

Change Federal Communications Commission regulations to block the name and face of mass murderers.

I gave you a thousand words. Please leave a comment. RM


About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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    Mike F
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    Mike F

    I also think we need Liberal control, as it is they who create the easy avenue for mass murderers to be successful in their brutal bloodsport. In the end, it is OUR freedom they are after so they can create, yet another failed communist/socialist (same thing, really). Russia tried this; President Reagan helped bring it down but commies have been sewing their seeds here, for decades while, at the same time Sharia Muslims are being allowed to multiply quickly with one man to many women (whatever happened to polygamy?), while their women are treated like cattle and have no rights,… Read more »

    Mike F
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    Mike F

    All good stuff but the Left will fight this tooth and nail as it will reduce the occurrences people are needlessly slaughtered so they can goose-step up to a microphone and demand more gun confiscation and more laws against those who do not run around shooting people.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    That first picture says it all. The government, through its employees, is only able to control those who are law abiding, but are inept at controlling criminals.

    Jay WPB
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    Jay WPB

    I prefer to label the perpetrators of this kind of violence, “mentally ill and emotionally immature”, and that’s the ONLY way they should be identified. It also happens to be the truth. It’s time to stop making these individuals into celebrities.

    MBH
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    MBH

    Proof once again that that little sign that says “NO WEAPONS” will not protect you. If that sign worked we would post them at events all over the world that say “NO BOMBS.” Instead airports, government building and other areas are made safe by strict security measures. If the sign is posted then is should be next to impossible to get a gun or a bomb inside. Instead, the brain fried, control freaks want to ban guns from every honest American. There are over 300 million guns, that will never work, not to mention it nullifies our Constitution. Why don’t… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    The young adult that committed the latest school shooting, in Texas, was captured alive. We should get all of the information possible out of him to answer the question why. Then the media should be required to broadcast the moment of his execution, up close. If he can’t be anything but a murderer in our society, then he should be an example to others.

    Mark
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    Mark

    If the kid was unconscious enough to murder, he is most likely unable to be conscious of the underlying reason why he n why he did it.

    Dave K.
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    Dave K.

    Went to my grandaughter’s soccer game last summer at public school grounds.
    parked on wrong side of playing field. Gate was locked and field was enclosed with I believe an 8 foot fence.
    Had to go back to car and drive to other side of playing field to enter the only unlocked gate..
    i pointed out to my wife that we shouldn’t go in as I didn’t feel comfortable going into a gun free zone with only 1 entrance/exit and no place to hide in an open field with high fence.
    end result , we did go in but I remained ever vigilant.

    Tadpole
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    Tadpole

    98% of Public Mass Shootings occur in GUN-FREE ZONES. The other 2% occurred in areas that were immediately adjacent TO “GUN-FREE Zones” (such as Parking Lots just outside the building). These Killers target locations where Guns are Not Allowed because they feel safe. The conclusion is obvious, and undeniable.

    JoeUSooner
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    JoeUSooner

    In order to be completely honest about the matter, the following sign should be prominently displayed in front of all public schools:

    Attention all Psychos!
    This is a “Gun-Free Zone”
    (A carefully-designed killing field,
    stocked with defenseless victims,
    with government guarantee of
    no resistance until police arrive.)
    Launch your mass attack here!

    What more could any sociopath want?

    Core
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    Core

    I have been pushing for zero facial imagery in the media of attackers for years. The corporate media makes so much money on these attacks that they fixate on it for days or weeks digging up all the gruesome details. It’s no different than the terrorist organization coverage that led to the publishing of murder videos by the media. The more forum you give these psychopaths, the more they will seek these types of attacks. I was also against calling them terrorists, and prefer to call them murderers, criminals, and psychopaths, as that’s what they are. “Local psychopath murders 10… Read more »

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    The country is not yet ready to accept my solutions to some of the nation’s ills. And so, we will continue down the road we are on. I have watched the decline for most of my life. And I am sure my 90 year old mother would say it was happening before I became aware of it. Such is life.
    I do my best to take care of me and mine and my community and state.

    Repo
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    Repo

    I blame the media,SSRI drugs and gunfree zones. The media exploits every tragedy. Every mass shooter has had SSRI drugs in their system. Finally the gun free or shooting fish in a barrel zone. Arming teachers would be a great way to stop these shooters. Not for them to kick doors and clear rooms but to be a last line of defense of a classroom. When a shooter is active the armed teacher can lock down the classroom and take cover and be prepared to shoot the threat if they attempt to enter the class. I dont recommend this last… Read more »

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    Anyone else deeply troubled by the lead picture for this piece? THere we see students, trained to do the follow the leader thing hands on the next shoulders, walking very close together, so close none can even see anything much but the one in front of them, hands occupied, so close it would be difficult for anyone to break out of formation… this is mush like prisoners of war are frogmarched off to their call blocks. They are being marched through a narrow chokepoint their “guards” are standing there, laconically and aimlessly sort of focuseed on the moving students, hands… Read more »

    Freedom rings
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    Freedom rings

    The WAFFLE HOUSE is also a GUN free zone.

    JoeUSooner
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    JoeUSooner

    NOT while I’m there, it isn’t!!

    Patrick D. Sperry
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    Patrick D. Sperry

    Again… Wow! On my blog, Conservative Libertarian Outpost, I posted essentially this same thing many years ago. I was ridiculed beyond belief. I guess times have changed…

    Roger
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    Roger

    I believe that most of the shooting we are seeing today is because of a copy-cat effect. I also blame the media mainly for all the amount of air time given to these shooting today while they try to dis-arm Americans. I’m 66, and I remember we use to carry our guns to school at times to go hunting with our friends, or show them our new guns. When we came home from school, we had to work in our yards or for a farmer friend of the family. In my town, our city recreation dept. has a rifle program… Read more »

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    “Gun Free Zones” are Certified Defenseless Victim Zones”. Get rid of them, all of them.. except possibly maintain the courtrooms that way, but they all have metal detectors, in depth inspectioins of parces, pockets, purses, etc on an individual basis, AND gun lockers for any who show up armed, as they go about their daily business, so they can secure their personal defense weapons whilst they are at the court. But we do NOT want our schools set up this way. School and other CDVZ massacres will not end until the odds of every perp being rapidly confronted by one… Read more »

    ismael rivera silva
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    ismael rivera silva

    These are GREAT ideas, I hope they are implemented. The NRA is doing a GREAT job to get school safer, but there is a lot of misunderstanding in the community. Once the idea is implemented we need to present the outcome to the general public; so that they accept the idea. GUN FREE ZONES must be eliminated.

    JoeUSooner
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    JoeUSooner

    “GUN FREE ZONES must be eliminated.”

    There has never been a more truthful – or more profound – statement.

    MBH
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    MBH

    The anti Gunners want to take down the NRA voting base! They don’t five a crap about students being shot, it is all political!