We Told Them to Protect Our Children, but They Didn’t Listen

A Colorado school staffer receives individual instruction during FASTER training earlier this year. Photo by Complete Colorado
A Colorado school staffer receives individual instruction during FASTER training earlier this year. Photo by Complete Colorado

U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- A crazy man with a gun attacked a school in Texas. We’ve been here before. The people who deeply understand mass murder told us what we need to do to protect our children. Murders like this are what happens when we ignore best practices and hope that evil won’t come to our door. Special interests will throw blame around but we can’t hide from the facts. We will learn more in the next few days but this is what we know today.

We know that there are crazy and violent people in the world. Gun control advocates said that guns were the problem and proposed that we outlaw guns the way Mexico does. That solution failed horribly in Mexico so I see no reason for gun prohibition to stop criminals here in the USA. We don’t need another failed proposal that doesn’t work in the real world.

We know that time is critical to defending our children. We need several armed defenders on campus so they are near to the attacker. It took the police an hour and a half to confront this murderer. It takes even longer to declare the scene secure so that Emergency Medical Services can treat the injured. Seconds count and an hour-and-a-half is far too long.

We know that murderers will kill until they are confronted. We know that when armed defenders are present they defeat mass murderers 96 percent of the time. That isn’t my data, but data from the FBI. In contrast, gun prohibitionists say that school faculty and staff should be disarmed and that we’d be safer if we waited for the police. Mass murderers look for disarmed victims.

We won’t have a perfect defense. We know that about three people will die if armed staff are present to respond to the attack. We know that a dozen more students and staff will die if we wait for the police to confront the attacker. Those several minutes matter. It is little consolation that this latest attack at a Texas elementary school fit the model almost perfectly.

We know that quantity has a unique quality of its own when it comes to armed defenders. It is better to have an imperfect defense at the scene than to have a perfect defender who arrives too late. No defender can undo the damage that has already been done.

We know that theory is different than practice. In theory, trained volunteer defenders could have an accident at school and put students at risk. In fact, we have thousands of man-years of experience with qualified school volunteers going armed on campus. We have not seen members of a trained school defense team have a firearm accident on campus. Reality is different than a fantasy about what might happen. Children die when fantasies guide public policy.

We’ve worked with school staff before. We know that many of them want to save their children. All we have to do is give them a few days of training so they can stop the murderer and stop the bleeding until EMTs arrive. Special interests, often gun prohibitionists and teachers unions, replied that government employees need weeks or months of training. That isn’t what we’ve seen. We’ve seen trained school staff use a firearm at a higher level than the qualification tests for law enforcement officers.

We know how to defend our children and stop mass murderers. It is up to us to demand that politicians and school administration follow best practices today. Learn more about first responders in church and school from FASTER and FASTER Colorado.

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I speak for neither FASTER nor FASTER Colorado. Both organizations are active on social media. I have observed their training and studied the results. I list more resources and references in my FASTER and Public Violence tag. RM


About Rob Morse

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

 

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Vinnie

“In theory, trained volunteer defenders could have an accident at school and put students at risk. In fact, we have thousands of man-years of experience with qualified school volunteers going armed on campus. We have not seen members of a trained school defense team have a firearm accident on campus.”

But we HAVE had numerous incidents where LEOs have had their guns “go off” on campus. My favorite is Mr. “I’m the only one in this room qualified to handle this gun”, seen below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uADb3NyYlSA

Russn8r

Yes, far better to have 21 dead than risk “an accident putting students at risk”. -sarc

Check out these poseurs. At least they weren’t at risk from moms & dads.

john

Schools are soft targets parents want more control over what is taught and the safety of their children. Bidens ,Merrick Garland want parents who speak out against the their school boards classified as domestic terrorist. Democrats in power and there will be more shootings as the party becomes more desperate. Their policies continue to fail they have returned to using the anti gun stance to remove our second amendment rights. The democrats need to disarm the public as they fear that we the people are growing tired of their failures. The democrats want a one world government promised by compromising… Read more »

swmft

you left out the new flu virus the six strains of monkey pox ,and who knows what else . SIX strains of a virus at the same time not one chance in a billion could happen naturally in such a short time
just glad they have not released 1918 flu kill 1 /10th the world population in 26 weeks scary part is there ARE bodies buried in permafrost or frozen in ice that contain this pathogen it can return by stupidity

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Wild Bill

The coming war with China is another reason to disperse schools.

rgshel

This is why it’s important to vote the right persons into office…from the school board to the president, every time there is a shooting like this, this erodes our stance on the 2nd A….and this will eventually add more restrictions to our rights due to the changing mood into the gun industry and our rights…EVIL knows what he is doing to our society and eroding the Christian right to carry in the USA…people need to be more proactive in protecting our rights.

Wild Bill

Yes, taking God out of the equation diminishes regard for human life. Taking firearms from the people elevates government above people. Welcome to the site.

DC

When I retired from 30 years service for our nation, I started doing substitute teaching in 2 public school districts, from pre-K through high school. For years I’ve been protecting my church as a volunteer armed guard, I have more training, skill, and experience than most law enforcement officers. But at the schools where I’m trusted with children all day, I must leave my firearms legally locked in my car in the parking lot. A weapon helps me protect my family and the public around me almost everywhere I go, but not in schools. I’m denied use of valuable tools,… Read more »

Wild Bill

Thank you for your service and welcome to the site.

Tionico

and this scenario i sprecisely why the FASTER Saves Lives programme was started in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. Some folks in Broward COunty Florida were working on getting this programe started there, but then a crazed known violent felon was able to purchase a rifle because the local law enforcement knuckleheads refused to charge him with even one of thefour felony level crimes this punk had committed. Violating a direct court order he marched his sorry self onto the high school campus from which he had recently been expelled (for vioent behaviour, no less) and began firing… Read more »

swmft

failure of the leftist prosecutor ,it cant be

Hazcat

Yes if teachers and staff and parents want to carry at school they should be allowed.

The biggest problem is the plethora of COWARD cops. Every cop on the scene should be tried and convicted of murder.

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Wild Bill

It is not really a matter of the government allowing us. We have the Right to carry. The underlying problem is that our governments don’t trust usl.

As to the cops, I understand your position, but maybe we should wait until all the facts are in before convicting them. .

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DC

I always respect someone more when they get the facts first. “ Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please”. -Mark Twain. As for hardening targets, there is always room to do that, but it’s almost impossible to deny intrusion 100%. You have to also have a plan for when facilities are breached. If you have onsite defenders, hardened entries at least make more noise and slow attackers down, allowing defenders to take position and aim. Lockdown procedures, getting students to safety, etc., take a little time , too. At this point, it looks like Texas… Read more »

Wild Bill

I like that quote! Those seem to be the standard answers. I don’t know because it is not my area of expertise. Maybe what the Israelis do might provide a model, too.

Deg4u

There is enough facts already out that I have seen on credible news stations.

Wild Bill

Maybe. Is there such a thing as a credible news station? Time will tell. No need to rush to judgement. Why do the news stations want us to jump to this one conclusion so badly?

Russn8r

Why do you want to cover for painfully obviously bad cops so badly?

Wild Bill

Why do you want to rush to judgement?

Russn8r

No one’s “rushing judgment”. You’re denying the obvious. Unless you think you know more than the head of the Texas DPS and the parents who where there and forced to do NOTHING by cowards while their kids were murdered, which would figure since you’re such a pomposidad.

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Wild Bill

Did the head of Texas DPS call those policemen do nothing cowards? Was that an official finding?

Russn8r

Did you love up the Broward Cowards too? Or do you just cover for Texas cowards?

Wild Bill

Just being patient while the truth develops.

Russn8r

Uh huh.

I remember Columbine. The police formed a perimeter & waited outside for SWAT & negotiators. That was (allegedly) ‘best practice’ since they didn’t know the shooters were on a suicide mission.

After Columbine ‘best practice’ changed to entering immediately & engaging since they were suicidal wackos bent on taking others with them. Every cop should know this.

Instead, when seconds count, the police are outside waiting for an hour.”

hippybiker

No disrespect but you need to lookup and read the decision in Warren vs DC Metro Police 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals 1981. The court held that the Police are under no obligation to protect anyone.
You should also get the book by JPFO “Dial 911 and Die!”

Wild Bill

Yes, there are many decisions to that effect. That is why I live where there are no police.

swmft

I joined dea to save the world…then learned how dirty and corrupt it all was and I could not fix that, I too live a long way from any public service ,most of my neighbors are like me skin color not withstanding, most are ex military not many exleos but some we are looking at setting up a one room school house as almost every one with children home schools