The MSM loves to come down on guns and blames a lack of gun control for the cause of most shootings. But a school in Florida has ignored the MSM and is doing security right. They have hired combat vets to patrol the school and ensure the safety of the students.
“Students at Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, Fla., have two combat veterans in body armor roaming the grounds, each carrying a 9-millimeter Glock handgun and a semiautomatic rifle with a 17-inch barrel.
If an armed intruder were to enter the campus, “we’re not looking for a fair fight,” Bill Jones, the principal, said in an interview. “We’re looking at an overwhelming advantage.”
Legislation passed after the Parkland massacre last year requires schools in Florida to have at least one “safe-school officer.” Manatee School for the Arts, a charter for 2,100 middle and high school students, is the only school in Manatee County that chose to hire guards who carry rifles, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department, which trained the guards.
“It’s just a much more effective weapon than the handgun is,” Dr. Jones said.”
“Manatee School for the Arts is also adding a guard shack to its entrance and will raise its perimeter fencing by two feet.”
“Manatee School for the Arts hired one guardian with 15 years of infantry experience who has now been on campus for a couple of months, Dr. Jones said. A second guardian, also a combat veteran, is finishing his training and will begin working this month, he added.
Guardians are required to complete at least 132 hours of firearm safety and proficiency training.
Dr. Jones said the school hired combat veterans because he wanted guards who wouldn’t hesitate to go after a gunman.
“I don’t want this to be the first time they’ve had someone shooting at them,” he said.
So far, Dr. Jones said, “most parents have been very accepting.”
To assuage safety concerns about the high-powered weapons, the school requires its guardians to keep the chambers of their Kel-Tec RDB semiautomatic rifles empty, and the guns are not stored on campus.”
More schools should follow their lead. Who is going to mess with ex-soldiers? And if they do the shooting will come to end practically before it began.