How To Guarantee Future School Shootings

By Stephen L. D’andrilli, Ceo And President Of Arbalest Group, LLC.

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 The Nation’s public schools exist for one purpose: to educate our children to become productive members of society. iStock-kenlh 924246940

New York – -( The Nation’s public schools exist for one purpose: to educate our children to become productive members of society. Something hinders that: school shootings.

But public school shootings need not happen and should not happen. Yet, these incidents do happen. And that says something odd and disturbing about our politicians and prominent groups, like the influential teachers’ unions, that let these incidents happen.

When they happen, our nation suffers, and that suffering extends to every American: man, woman, and child. So, then, why do they happen, and who is to blame?

There were four major school shootings in the past three decades: Columbine in 1999, Sandy Hook in 2012, Stoneman Douglas in 2018, and, most recently, Robb Elementary in 2022. Each of these incidents is unacceptable. All were preventable. What do these shootings tell us?

Too many elected officials, school boards, and teachers’ union leaders propose solutions that don’t work. They aren’t interested in listening to parents who, increasingly, have little voice in the matter of their children’s education and no voice in the matter of their children’s personal safety while in school. Their solution to school shootings proposed boils down to one thing: “Get Rid of the Guns.” A simplistic Democratic Party slogan becomes a societal policy stance that endangers the most innocent of Americans, our children.

“Get Rid of the Guns” is what the public hears. It is the universal solution provided and the solitary message conveyed.

It’s a National trend. Federal, State, and affiliated Union officials all espouse it, including the powerful United Federation of Teachers (“UFT’) that represents nearly 200,000 dues-paying members.

The UFT publishes a newsletter called “New York Teacher,” which keeps its members apprised of union policies, positions, and news. As a dues-paying retired NYC teacher, I receive copies of the newsletter.

On May 25, 2022, one day after the Uvalde, Texas incident, the UFT published its“Resolution to stand against gun violence.” In form, this “Resolution” presumes a consensus reached by UFT members.

The last sentence of the UFT’s “Resolution” elucidates where the UFT expends its energy ——

“RESOLVED, that the union supports Governor Hochul’s measures in New York, reaffirms its longstanding support for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as other gun safety laws, and will work with the American Federation of Teachers at the national level both to overcome the obstacles to these commonsense safety measures and to organize other means of harnessing the power of our local and national organizations to confront and end this ongoing national tragedy.”

One month later, on June 16, the UFT published a follow-up article titled “Delegates decry deadly school shooting,” which expanded on its “Resolution to end gun violence.

I was both troubled and angered by this one-sided news reporting and pontificating.

Reference to “Gun Violence” in the title of the “Resolutions” establishes the theme of the UFT leaders’ sole approach to dealing with school shootings.

The word ‘Gun Violence’ is a narrative tool, a Democratic Party establishment talking point, recited and reiterated constantly, and echoed by the legacy Press. The UFT’s leaders buy into this, regurgitating the same tiring refrain. This is deliberate, and it isn’t benign. The use of the expression “Gun Violence” promotes a dangerous way of thinking, encouraging bad policy choices.

The Nation’s decision-makers divert scarce taxpayer resources away from implementing effective measures to secure our public schools and direct those resources into measures that make schools less safe. The UFT leadership has become a useful pawn of the Biden Administration’s bad policy.

It has learned nothing from the tragedies that have befallen other school districts around the country, so caught up as it is in the fiction of “Gun Violence.”

Dwelling on that fiction prevents consideration of and implementing constructive solutions to school shootings.

I could not sit idly by, allowing the UFT’s remarks to go unchallenged. I wrote a letter to the editor explaining my concern, suggesting concrete ways it could secure the City’s school system. The UFT published my letter on November 3, 2022, adding the title, “Where is the school security plan?” But the editor made changes to the letter I did not authorize, involving a fundamental idea made, thereby undercutting the import of the salient point I sought to convey:

An effective solution to school shootings requires the “hardening” of schools against aggressive armed assault.

The editor struck the word, ‘hardening’ from my letter. That was no accident. But why did the editor do this? That single word encapsulates the basic strategy for securing school buildings from armed assault. Hardening physical structures against armed assault isn’t a novel idea. Federal and State Governments have applied it to airport terminals and courthouses around the Country for many years. Security in these buildings is extraordinarily tight. Protocols are assiduously enforced. That explains why shootings in these structures are extremely rare or nonexistent.

Hardening Structures Against Aggressive Armed Attacks Works.

Seeing this success, many school districts have adopted hardening protocols to thwart school shootings. Those that do and that see to the enforcement of those protocols do not experience the tragedies that afflict districts that don’t use them. Why aren’t these protocols universally applied, given their obvious effectiveness? How can any rational mind fail to apply them? They should, but don’t. The UFT doesn’t and isn’t about to. Why is that?

I and my business partner Roger J. Katz, an attorney, and a former public school teacher himself, have written extensively about this, posting our articles on our website, the Arbalest Quarrel.

And Ammoland Shooting Sports News, the web’s leading Shooting Sports News Service for the Second Amendment, Firearms, Shooting, and Hunting and Conservation communities, republished five AQ articles:  January 25, 2016June 15, 2016February 26, 2018March 17, 2018; and May 26, 2022.

By “hardening” our school buildings we protect the life and safety of our children, teachers, and staff. And the use of trained and armed resource officers is imperative in any effective approach to hardening schools against armed aggressors.

But the Biden Administration will have none of that. And, so, the UFT isn’t interested in hardening the City’s schools. And it is particularly resistant to employing trained and armed resource officers in the schools. This stubborn stance is an ominous sign of bad things to come. This lax attitude invites school shooting incidents. It may be only a matter of time before a New York City school suffers this horror.

The Biden Administration bears singular responsibility for enabling this violence.

In a May 2022 Press Briefing, reported in the New York Post, prompted soon after the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Biden’s Press Secretary pointedly said:

“ ‘I know there’s been conversation about hardening schools, that is not something he [Joe Biden] believes in,’ Jean-Pierre told reporters at a White House press conference. ‘He believes that we should be able to give teachers the resources to be able to do their job.’”

This wasn’t a mistake by the Press Secretary. The next month, on June 2, 2022, as reported in Breitbart, Joe Biden himself confirmed he doesn’t support hardening school buildings.

“President Joe Biden delivered a 20-minute prime-time address about gun violence on Thursday in which he mentioned a litany of gun control policies without mentioning the need for hardening school security . . .” [and] nowhere throughout his speech did he mention the need to place armed security guards on school campuses or bettering school security overall.”

Since the Biden Administration is adamantly opposed to using armed security officers in public schools and explicitly discourages the application of any steps to harden school buildings to protect children, this dissuades the UFT leadership from pursuing “hardening” as a solution for New York City schools. Many other school systems across the Country follow the Biden Administration’s policy. This invites a shooting incident in New York City schools. And, given the size of the New York City school system, one of the largest in the Nation, a tragedy is likely inevitable.

No one, in their right mind, would dare use, or even think of using, children as sacrificial lambs simply to gain public sympathy and support for a radical agenda directed to the disarming of Americans. Or would they?

Nah! Ridiculous!

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Teachers unions exist solely for the benefit of teachers and administrators. Unions have no consideration for the students their teachers impact every day. Students don’t pay union dues. But, you might think teachers would be interested in providing for themselves the level of protection offered by hardening the workplace. Unfortunately, you would be wrong. They would much prefer to destroy the Constitution than do something sensible. My younger sister retired after a lengthy career as a teacher. I watched her journey to the far left systematically take place after being raised in a conservative household as she became more entrenched… Read more »


Teacher’s Unions exist solely for the benefit of Teacher’s Unions.


Firmly agree! Teacher’s union exists solely for the union (communist) politburo. They are of no benefit to those teachers who truly wish to educate and benefit our young. Woke, hatred of constitution, and indoctrination, that is their sole mission. Lenin would proudly present randi weingarten The Order of the Red Banner of Labor The Order of Lenin. The union and administrators display no wish to protect our young (the future of this once great republic). Instead, Just to make them a soft target for the unions own personal gain and deranged ideals.


unions are much like political parties. the leaders of the unions, like the political parties do not vote as, nor represent the people they vote as they want and do not represent what the people want. this is why i do not support unions, especially public sector unions, they are antithetical to our form of government. unions also overwhelmingly support the progressive/leftist party and the degradation of our children and society. getting out of a union is extremely hard to do and sometimes you cannot even do that, you are compelled to support things that you do not agree with.


“Or would THEY?”
YES! They would and are using children as sacrificial lambs to disarm U.S.

Let’s take the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas/Parkland shooting for example. The facts indicate that this school shooting was preventable, if only someone, anyone with authority had intervened.

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If they would release COVID onto the world to maintain power a few hundred school children are nothing to them.


Face it, Politicians and the teachers unions either do not care about students lives or they have a mental deficiency that prevents them from making sound proven decisions. Schools have to be hardened and there absolutely has to be a responsible adult willing to shoot and kill any and all pieces of scum that tries to hurt our kids. Every bank, government building, arena, stadium in the country is hardened and armed. Our kids are more precious than anything and they think it is not moral to do the right thing. Asinine, there is no other way to put it.

Roland T. Gunner

You could just go ahead and call it “evil”.


The people responsible for these asinine policies must be held accountable. Naming them accessory to those who murder will put some weight on policy makers who fail to provide a safe learning environment, but always blame guns and others for their incompetence.

Arkansas Rob

Banks often have armed guards, but schools should not? What are we declaring about what we value? Note: I resent even disarming myself to enter the bank, since I harbor no intent to commit any crime.


I do not disarm myself, leaving a bank with thousands, have a hobo bag that I put the money in that I then palm the gun


Arkansas Rob … Excellent point and I don’t . Question How does adding two letters to the front of a word change the pronunciation of the suffix ?
Sorry just an old joke around here .


“…get rid of drugs!” How’s that working out for you?


A lot of gun control and social engineering are based on focusing the political arguments through the filter of whatever event. Hardening schools and arming employees in schools will never fit the narrative of the much desired gun-free populace. Dead children are a tool in the constant effort to disarm us. They will never do anything to completely prevent school shootings. The useful idiots think disarming the law abiding will prevent the events. The State really doesn’t care so long as we eventually give up firearms “for the kids” or whatever.


Over the years I have heard of numerous individual schools and entire school districts that have eliminated the “gun free zone” at their schools in various ways including allowing teachers, with sufficient training, to carry at the school. I have yet to hear of any of those schools being the location of a shooting.


While there are many schools that do, there are more schools that don’t. As article above states there have been four mass shootings over twenty years. Not enough statistics to prove effectiveness of school guardians.

i can only say that common sense dictates making the safe choice and hardening schools, to include school guardians aka armed staff. This is the best insurance to keep mass school shootings statistically irrelevant.


Yes, for specifically school shootings, but it connects all the other stats about gun free zones and mass shootings. Stats such as with the Aurora shooting. The theater in Aurora wasn’t the biggest one showing the movie and it wasn’t the closest to his home… he went there because it was a gun free zone. The “get rid of the guns” crowd never wants to admit that there is any connection between mass shootings and gun free zones. Every mass shooting I have heard about that wasn’t in a gun free zone was when the shooter had one or more… Read more »

Roland T. Gunner

Excellent article, argument well made. Absolutely, hardening the schools is the number one priority. Followed by armed good guys in and around the school. Arming teachers would be good. At least 2, better 3, dedicated armed officers would be better. Those officers should have one job: the physical safety of the students and teachers from violence or injury. Not truancy, not stolen lunch boxes, not drugs outside of confiscation. Not to “investigate” anything. Nothing but 8-9 hours of watchful, armed guarding. Walking the halls, driving around the complex, intercepting potential threats. Or, manning the monitors and mics of the security… Read more »


Or the ‘financial burden’ of replacing 3 unnecessary administration level functionaries with 3 armed guards.


They could never do that. Because the importance of these (I Ilke this term) “unnecessary administration level functionaries” is far above and beyond the safety of our kids. I am guessing these functionaries would be in charge of certain agendas that would shape/indoctrinate the future party members. And the message we would be sending to our children, OMG armed officers there for their protection. That would be absolutely reprehensible. That would not fit their woke teachings. “Blue man bad”.

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I’d have to disagree slightly. SROs at my kids school spent considerable time interacting with the kids. In particular they addressed kids who might be “at risk”, both to evaluate threats and to provide guidance where possible. These positions were highly sought within the police department and given to those with best abilities to evaluate and interact with the kids, and of course among the top hand-to-hand, firearms retention, and shooting skills. The best SROs are those who prevent shootings from starting. We’ll never know how often it happens, but they’re saving not just victims but potential perpetrators as well.… Read more »


In my experience SROs were selected because for their political ideology or their performance was sub-par and nobody wanted them on the road.


In our school district, about two years ago, one of the SROs was doing cafeteria duty when his pistol went off ( by itself). He was just leaning against the wall conversing with a student when the malfunction occurred. After the investigation it was revealed that the SRO was interacting with a very pretty coed and was showing off when the malfunction happened. That news article disappeared in less than one day.


EXACTLY! The goal is not safe schools. The goal is to get away with disarming . . . or at the least EFFECTIVELY disarming, the American Citizenry. Public outrage generated from school shootings, directed at GUNS, NOT MURDERERS, is the GREATEST OPPORTUNITY to act QUICK, while emotion is high, and get away with passing laws that further disarm the general law abiding public. (They don’t even care that criminals and terrorists keep THEIR guns) And think about it, a “GUN FREE ZONE” sign disarms all who would be there to protect, and will NEVER, EVER stop even one mass murderer.… Read more »


KK… Exactly right ! The number one priority is disarming America so they can make it a third world country , look at what happened in Venezuela


I love when the use the term ‘common sense’.. gaslighting at its finest.


The reason liberal politicians have no interest in hardening schools is simple: School shootings give them fuel to feed the demand that “something be done.” Since all liberals want a gun-free society, they let enough students perish to hopefully give them the change they desire. They care NOTHING about the students. If they did, the mask and vaccine mandates for children wouldn’t have occurred and schools wouldn’t have been closed during the plandemic.

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American kids are just pawns anyway !


Once a child enters school, the teachers and the school’s social environment has a greater influence on most children than the family does. So what has changed in the content and the methodology of teaching in the past 40 years that has brought about this easy willingness to take an other’s life? Answer me that AFT, NEA and UFT!


The Nation’s public schools exist for one purpose: to educate our children to become productive members of society. Something hinders that: school shootings. I heartily disgree with your entire opening premise. Let’s compare the four you mentioned, considering common parameters and their usefulness. I will start by abbreviating the four you cite: Columbine = Col; Sandy Hook = SH;. Marjory Dougles/Parkland = Park; Uvalde = Uv. Hardening: Col no SH yes. Perp used his “.5.56 Key” and shot out the doorlock. Useless Park, supposedly. Perp walked right in Useless Uv supposedly. Perp walked right in, useless. Armed guards Col no.… Read more »

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Arizona Don

The fallacy regarding so called “gun control” is no restrictive gun law has ever taken the gun(s) out of the criminal’s hand. They only take guns out of law abiding citizens hands.  This situation embolden’s the criminal. It certainly is not a deterrent. For over one hundred years the politicians have been passing “gun control” laws and none of them have worked. Perhaps it is time another approach is tried.   Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is, so I am told, the definition of insanity.  I’m not certain insanity is the proper word here but stupidly certainly is!  In the… Read more »

uncle dudley

Most teachers I’ve met are educated idiots.


I don’t understand why republicans in general are not allowing the staff to be armed? They want to keep spending money that isn’t needed. Not to mention how unconstitutional it is to stopping the staff from being armed to protect themselves and the kids they’re in charge of.

In 20 states teachers carry at school, 30% of TX schools, Not Uvalde. Officers were afraid of running to gunfire. Teacher in a classroom has no choice.
Schools Allowing Teachers to Carry Guns are EXTREMELY Safe: Data on Shootings & Accidents

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At the university, with a professor of sociology, we arranged a debate on this topic. The problem of school safety is very serious and I was worried when preparing the report, partly helped by the fact that I pay for assignments to be done to get up-to-date data from modern research. Some states are loosening school security, opposing the police to keep schools safe. But in my opinion, the main problem is in the teachers and school administration. They can understand that conflicts arise between schoolchildren in classes and resolve them in time. If the school administration is indifferent,… Read more »

Pa John

 Those who would rule with an iron fist have no interest in the preservation of the free societies which reject them, only in firmly establishing their own permanent power.