So I've been thinking about the nutjobs in the news recently. One in a mall and the one in the school. A CCW holder kept the carnage in the mall to a minimum.
Here's a proposal that might generate a discussion:
Take any and all schools and have 5% of your daily staff authorized, trained and licensed to carry a concealed weapon during the school day.
Financial advantages: You are not hiring any more security staff to stand there and frisk kids or better yet, just stand there. You are using people already on the payroll. Just give the volunteers a kicker of $5K annually (adjusted for location) for taking on the added responsibility. Uniformed guards are the first targets of opportunity and just financial overhead, so you're saving a considerable amount in that regard.
Tactical advantages: You school staff will work in tandem with local law enforcement to identify choke-points in the builiding(s) that will give the staff the best situations for taking out an armed intruder. Your staff will be intimately familiar with the building as they are in there daily. Once the school is in lockdown nobody will try to enter a classroom until the all-clear is announced. If the intruder forces his/her way into the room oof an armed staff member the staff has an ideal opportunity to stop the carnage there and then.
The school district will own the weapons and provide the training. The staff will have to go through the background checks and an additional psychological check to ensure 1) they can respond when the time comes & 2) they should not get trigger happy just because they have a bad day. Should that staff member leave the school district, the weapon is returned to the school.
So, your thoughts? Opinions? Advantages? Flaws?
I've given this some thought and believe this has the possibility of being a workable plan.