Politics Kills Our Kids Again, Safety Report from Parkland Florida

Politics Kills Our Kids Again, Safety Report from Parkland Florida
Politics Kills Our Kids Again, Safety Report from Parkland Florida

U.S.A. (Ammoland.com)- Florida formed a study committee after 17 students and teachers were killed and an additional 17 were injured at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in early 2018. I read some of the MSDHS safety commission report. It covered the obvious points. Unfortunately, I don’t see much good coming out of it. This was more than a school failure; it was a political failure. More of our children will be at risk and some will die because of problems in the Florida legislature. Sure, implement the suggestions in the report, but please don’t stop there.

The report told us to do the obvious. A school could have received nearly the same recommendations from almost any firearms instructor or security consultant.

  • Have a safety plan. Study what worked for others and adapt it to your situation.
  • Teach people what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Report suspicious activity and act on those reports.
  • Lock your doors.
  • Select a safe place in which to shelter in case of an attack.
  • Contact second responders like the police and EMTs.
  • Have trained individuals on site to stop the threat and treat the injured until secondary responders arrive.
  • Conduct frequent safety drills so everyone knows what to do. Grade people on their performance.
  • Schools and churches should conduct multi-agency safety exercises so police, fire, and EMTs know how to respond to each particular site.
  • Update your safety program based on the lessons learned from each exercise.

Do those recommendations surprise anyone? That list sounds simplistic and that is a fair criticism. Unfortunately, school and police officials failed to do even those simple things. This is what the report should have said.

  • Many police and school staff failed in their assigned jobs. Widespread failure is a sign of poor leadership. These staff were retained in their positions for political reasons rather than being dismissed. That indicates corrupt management.
  • Rather than seeking to immediately improve school safety after the attack, the police and school organizations acted to cover up their failings. Provide alternative educational opportunities so parents can escape these failed institutions.
  • If possible, have state executives remove these failed officials from office. Prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
  • To prevent similar failures in the future, revise state limited immunity statutes so individuals working in state and local government may be held criminally and civilly liable for their actions.
  • Existing safety programs like the Florida school guardian program were crafted to provide political cover rather than to protect students. The existing guardian program deliberately excludes classroom teachers from being first responders because of union opposition. The school guardian program un-necessarily burdens schools and school boards as they work to improve school safety.
  • Change legislation so school boards may develop their own safety programs separate from the guardian program. Allow Florida schools to adopt safety programs modeled after the successful programs used in other states.

At least the report said trained volunteer teachers should be armed.


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About Rob Morse

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.

  • 12 thoughts on “Politics Kills Our Kids Again, Safety Report from Parkland Florida

    1. Besides the cowardly Security guards and very first responders who either ran, hid or just waited outside till the shooting had stopped the only basic answer that I see is to arm the teachers, lock the doors, have a plan in case of emergency and be willing to face and stop the bad guy. You can hide if possible but you cant out run a bullet. You cant loose any worse if you attack the bad guy instead of getting shot dead cowering in fear or running away. Like on the planes of 911, you have nothing to loose by attacking your attacker. Nobody, for a long time, is going to even try to hijack another airliner–they know the passengers will kick their [email protected]@–there is just no choice. Same here, you cant out run a bullet. Armed teachers could have dealt with the kid before many or maybe even none were hurt. A good guy with a gun is in reality the only counter to a bad guy with a gun. Arm up, carry on.

    2. @john; Once again another mouth blowing off to blame someone else instead of trying to find and stop this madness, quit throwing blame and work for a permanent solution to this problem!!!!!!!!!! @tomcat; I’m sorry I didn’t include the NO GUN ZONES, my mistake but you are right, they should be one of the first things to come down as then it wouldn’t be as inviting a target, and it would then turn into is someone going to be armed and stop me, will I have an advantage or not???? @hippybiker; You are right as it seems to be none of us can escape the virus that is entrenching itself on the East Coast or on the West Coast, it is closing in on all of us, and it didn’t help that the NRA sold us down the river with anything about the Bump stock made a semi-auto into a machine gun, talk about hypocrites, and talking about talking out both sides of their mouths, and trying to cover it up!!!!!!!! NRA must start changing direction very soon, they with their putting their feet in their mouths has to stop!!!!!!!! Start standing up for the 2nd Amendment and quit playing footsie with the way the wind is blowing!!!!!!!!!

    3. Make the union responsible for there non-actions. The union unnecessarily puts teachers in jeopardy also along with the students.

    4. This proves once again that no matter what all the people that are in positions to protect our children in schools are capable of doing that, haven’t got a clue of real life and death issues, they are doing what they and the politicians do best, they give all of us the best lip service that can be put out and how to blame each other for this and all of their failures to act and promote ways to move and promote ways to stop them in the future! The people and politicians all have one answer but still won’t answer the question- WHAT IS THE PRICE ON A CHILDS LIFE????????? None and I mean none will answer that question with a direct answer, but like I said will give the best lip service available, but NO straight answer!!!!!!!!! The start is to secure the schools, the second is to report any out of ordinary activities, question and get help for those involved, and last get the best training and trained personal to be put inside the schools to further the security and protection for the children, not hard, just do it and quit giving lip service!!!!!!!!! Like I said, WHAT IS THE PRICE OF A CHILDS LIFE????????????

      1. @ Willie D. In addition to what you said, the gun free signs need to come down. Pure stupidity invented them, anyway and they are an open invitation to crazies to come in and shoot the place up. Honest, law abiding citizens don’t need to see them and crazies could care less (if they can even read).

      1. …. not even that much … they are there to draw the chalk outlines and take notes … don’t “clean up” anything

      2. You are correct. SCOTUS has held multiple times that LEOs are not obligated and cannot be held liable to protect citizen from harm. You are on your own!!! One of 59 reasons “Why I Carry”.

    5. They teach so much in school that most students will NEVER use in the world! In today’s society it would be a great idea to teach gun safety classes ! They teach you how to safely drive a car in school, telling what you need to do for safety reasons, they teach you not to get involved with drugs and alcohol,sex education,std’s and so on ! Why not teach them how to be safe with firearms? In Russian schools the kids can strip down a rifle in seconds and not get hurt ! But you never hear of anyone getting killed and they have guns right in the classroom! Just a little something to think about!

    6. I live in Florida, and it’s sad to see what the influx of liberals from the North East has do;e here! I moved here in 2010 from Illinois to help my widowed mother. I thought I had escaped the liberal BullShit! I guess I was wrong. Sad!

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