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Control Shooters, Not Guns
Thinking out of the Box
We have all heard that guns don't kill, people do. With the recent mass shootings we have had, some people think we need more guns with less gun control and others think we need less guns with more gun control. But just for a moment, let's think out of the box.
I have observed that most school shootings have been on open campuses without fences. How about if laws were passed that said all public school campuses have to have a fence around the perimeter of the school? The fence could be electrified and even have concertina wire on the top. Sure, it would look somewhat like a prison, but it would protect the students and teachers from any intrusion.Anybody with an AR15 would have a very difficult time trying to climb an electrified fence with concertina wire. The playgrounds should be far enough away from the fences so that they would be out of range for a shooter. For those of you that don't know, concertina wire is barbed wire that is spiraled like a spring and is used to keep the bad guys out or in, depending on the situation.
We could even go one step further and install bank type security doors for all non-students and faculty. You would enter one door and that door would close and lock behind you. Then a guard would open the door in front of you after you showed proper identification and allowed you to enter. Installing fences and security entrances in all schools would create many jobs as well. The faculty could have proximity detector cards, where they don't even have to show the card. All they have to do is pass within the proximity of a a detector.
When I worked for big aerospace companies, they always had security cameras mounted outside the buildings and also inside in hallways and other areas that needed tight security. They also had guards that monitored the video as it switched from camera to camera. The cameras could be mounted high enough so that they would not be accessible to vandals.
The side benefits of Installing fences, security entrances, and security cameras would also create jobs in the construction and high tech fields.
Each teacher could be armed with a laser pointer. In case an assailant entered the class room, the teacher could shine the beam into the persons eyes and cause the person to become disoriented and maybe even cause partial blindness.
High Intensity Lights
There are also high intensity lights that are used mainly by law enforcement and the military. The objective of the light is that it is so bright that it blinds the intruder so that he becomes disoriented and cannot function.
I have covered the security of schools, but there are many other issues that are difficult to legislate and difficult to control:
- Buying firearms from the back of a vehicle in the parking lot of a gun show.
- Buying firearms online
- Controlling the viewing of violent video games by adults and children
- Storing firearms in locked cabinets in the home
- Determining the mental competence of those in possession of firearms
These are issues that deal more with our moral social fabric than legislation. But perhaps by thinking out of the box, we may be able to solves these situations as well.