Of the many so-called solutions to protecting our society from gun violence, placing armed guards in schools is one of the most popular on the right. Keeping schools safe has to be a high priority, but I question the validity of the notion that guns are the solution to gun violence. Here’s one reason why.
A school district in New York has put a program to put armed officers in schools on hold after a policeman’s handgun went off at Highland High School.
At a Wednesday meeting with parents, Highland Central School District and police officials explained that Officer Sean McCutcheon had been suspended after his Glock .45-caliber pistol “accidentally discharged” in a school hallway at around 1:38 p.m. on Tuesday.
Lloyd Police Department Lt. James Janso said that a suspension was standard procedure while the incident was under investigation. Officials offered no further explanation as to why the gun discharged.
Some parents at the school board meeting questioned whether having armed guards in schools was worth the risk… [emphasis added]
Inserted from <Crooks and Liars>
Photo credit: NY Daily News
This video isn’t that good, but it will give you the flavor of feelings in the community.
I don’t blame the policeman. Accidents happen, and I really don’t know enough about the specifics. However, if accidents like this can happen, even with the best trained professionals, police officers, putting guns in the hands of teachers, untrained school officials, and especially volunteer vigilantes is a virtual guarantee that tragic accidents will happen. I think that regulations to enforce responsible firearms use will be more effective and less dangerous, but, if there are to be armed individuals in schools, they should be police officers, or perhaps retired police officers.