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Sandy Hook Elementary Newtown, CT

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the victims of the shooting in Newton, CT.

As an administrator, I have a few quick thoughts, my perspective on this tragic shooting.

1. There are many “experts” on the TV who have no clue what they are talking about in regards to how security and safety work in our elementary schools.  Tighten up too much and parents whine and complain that it takes too long to get to their students lunch or holiday party.  Make it too lax, and people who have no business in a school setting or around students have easy access.  There will never be a happy medium.  We should always error on the side of safety.

2. Teachers are not trained anti-terrorist agents.  When someone gets up and says that “teachers should be trained, they are the first defense,” that is true, but watching a video or doing one drill a semester is never enough.  And that is usually what they give us!  Anti-terrorist agents train over and over again.

3. Let us carry concealed!  Educators who go through a Concealed Handgun License course should be allowed to carry on campus.  Each teacher is trusted with 20 plus students a day, I think we are responsible enough and can be trusted to carry a firearm.

4. The world is changing.  Unfortunately, this will happen again.

5. This is not the school’s fault.  Anyone who would blame the school is just an idiot!

6. This is not a gun issue!  Anyone wanting to hurt someone else will always find a way!

7.  This could have easily occurred anywhere!

This article first appeared on Ed That Matters.

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1 comment to Sandy Hook Elementary Newtown, CT

  • John Roberts

    Hi,
    I received this email last night from Dr. Ignatius Piazza, Founder and Director of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute:

    Please Forward to Your Local Newspapers, Radio Stations, and Television News Stations

    Subject: Gun School For Teachers

    Las Vegas, Nevada: In the wake of the yet another senseless school massacre, I ask all our politicians, law enforcement officials, and school administrators one simply question:
    WHEN ARE WE GOING TO WAKE UP AS A NATION AND PROTECT OUR CHILDREN?

    How many more children have to die before we will find the testicular fortitude, as a nation, to put in place REAL policies that will stop a deranged gunman in his tracks, before he can commit mass murder on innocent and defenseless children?
    How many times do I have to offer the nation THE solution?

    What the hell is wrong with the leaders of our country? Find a pair, and make the RIGHT decision to protect our children, not more of the wrong decisions that create the opportunity for the next lunatic to murder at will with zero resistance!
    Once again, Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, arguably the world leader in providing intensified courses in the defensive use of firearms for private citizens, has the answer to stopping further attacks on school children. Front Sight will once again offer free firearms training to any school administrator, teachers, or full time staff members designated as school Safety Monitors.

    Front Sight will accept for training up to three staff members from each school, college or university.
    Applicants must submit a letter requesting training on school letterhead signed by the top school district official and designating the applicant as the school’s Safety Monitor.

    Please forward this e-mail to your state and federal legislators, local law enforcement departments and your child’s school administrator, as well as your friends and family, asking them to do the same.

    Guns and Teachers
    As Front Sight’s Founder and Director, I understand my offer to train armed school teachers may offend some school administrators and parents who do not see arming and training selected school staff members as a positive solution to violent attacks. However, historically, my approach has worked while gun control has actually increased violent crime by shifting the balance of power to favor the criminals and lunatics.

    My offer is not a new idea. In the early 70′s, Israel was faced with much greater problems of armed terrorist attacks on schools. The cry for more gun control was heard then too, but Israel very carefully analyzed all possible options before adopting the proactive position of arming and training their teachers. School shootings stopped and terrorists looked for easier targets. Gun control never has and never will stop criminals and madmen from carrying out acts of gun violence.
    In our country, every time a misguided individual on psychiatric drugs goes on a killing spree, anti self-defense legislators, watch the polls and exploit the dead victims in order to fool the public into accepting more gun control. It is time our country finds some resolve and the will to tackle the real problem, which is rooting out the actual influences in the lives people hat predispose them to commit atrocities. The problem is not guns. Guns don’t cause these incidents to occur any more than cameras cause child pornography or automobiles cause traffic fatalities.

    Israel had the right answer. Society is safer when we train and arm our law abiding citizens. As the defensive training leader in the USA, Front Sight is willing and able to set the example for the rest of the country to follow.

    Armed Teachers
    Dave Clark, who recently retired after teaching for the last 25 years at Junction Junior High School in Livermore, California agrees with Front Sight’s philosophy. In fact, Mr. Clark has previously attended a Four Day Defensive Handgun course at Front Sight at his own expense and found the course to be exactly what is needed to train fellow teachers to stop an attack similar to Columbine school and Virginia Tech. “Front Sight provides safe and responsible training to a level that exceeds law enforcement standards.” Says Mr. Clark. “Among the many lessons taught, I learned universally accepted rules in justifiable use of deadly force. More importantly, I learned when not to shoot and how to be more mentally prepared to see a lethal confrontation coming before it happens in order to avoid it. The firearms training is second to none and clearly gives the graduates the skill needed to save the lives of those in their charge if ever attacked. If my schoo district chose to adopt a policy of sending selected teachers to Front Sight for concealed handgun training, I would wholeheartedly support it and volunteer as a Safety Monitor. There is no reason for our children to continue to be victimized when free, professional training is available to stop school attacks.”

    Guns in Schools
    There is evidence that a gun in the hand of a teacher will stop an armed attacker. The vice-principal of a school in Pearl, Mississippi used his handgun to stop and detain an armed killer until the police arrived. It seems obvious that armed and trained staff members inside the school are in a better position to identify the attackers and do something immediately to resolve the situation. It is much harder for police, who arrive on the scene too late to stop the killing.

    Lawmakers With Blood on Their Hands
    An obstacle to training and arming teachers is the current law in many states prohibiting the possession of firearms on school grounds even when the possessor is qualified and has a concealed weapons license.
    Understand that those laws did not prevent or stop the gun violence at numerous schools over the last ten years. The brazen attacks in school after school during the last decade indicate criminals have concluded that ‘Gun-Free-School-Zone’ actually means ‘Government Certified, Helpless and Unarmed Victim Zone.’

    Schools Can’t Afford to Pass on No Cost Security
    Most school districts cannot afford to have even one full time police officer in every school, but they can easily afford to train three or more of their selected staff members to a higher level of firearms training than offered in police academies because Front Sight will provide the training at no cost.
    Retired law enforcement firearms instructor, Mike Waidelich from Bakersfield, California strongly supports the Front Sight concept of arming and training teachers. “Nearly every tragedy on or off school grounds in the entire 30 years of my law enforcement career could have been prevented or the damage done considerably limited, by the presence of an armed and trained individual.”

    Concealed Guns
    The training provided in Front Sight’s basic training classes easily exceeds the training provided in most police basic training academies.

    Front Sight proved it on their nationally televised reality series Front Sight Challenge. 80 Seasoned law enforcement officers from around the country went head-to-head in tests of marksmanship, speed and tactics against 80 private citizens– including teachers– who had not received any training other than Front Sight’s firearms courses. Remarkably, the Front Sight trained, private citizens won over half of every contest.

    Teachers will be trained to carry a concealed weapon, so potential attackers will not know which teachers are armed and which are not. In states that have adopted concealed weapon laws for private citizens, violent crime has dropped. School attacks will drop as well once it is known that any of the teachers and staff members on school grounds have the ability and training to stop a violent attack immediately.

    There is also scientific research that supports Front Sight’s stance on concealed weapon training from John Lott, Jr. at University of Chicago School of Law who published Crime, Deterrence and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns in July 1996. Mr. Lott’s research of cross-sectional time-series data from all 3054 U.S. counties from 1977 to 1992 found that allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters violent crime and appears to produce no increase in accidental deaths. If those states which did not have right-to-carry concealed handgun provisions had adopted them in 1992, approximately 1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes, and over 60,000 aggravated assaults would have been avoided yearly.

    Gun Control Increases Violent Crime
    How many times must we experience another Littleton, Colorado or Virginia Tech or Newtown Connecticut massacre before we wake up, study the research and adopt policies which actually reduce crime and begin saving our children instead of leaving them helpless victims when the next psych drug user snaps?

    Gun control increases violent crime yet some politicians continue to tout disarming law abiding citizens as a solution. Front Sight has a better solution.

    Arm and train school teachers to carry a concealed weapon. And post a DIFFERENT sign outside of ever school!

    Look for the RIGHT sign all over America. They are in front of the homes of armed and trained Front Sight students. If you were a deranged murderer, which house would you invade? One with an armed and trained occupant with a Front Sight sign or one who had a “Gun Free Zone” sign in his yard? The answer is simply to any rational person.
    WHY ARE SCHOOLS ANY DIFFERENT?
    Don’t have a sign? Get one here: http://www.readytodefend.com/frontsight/

    It is time WE WAKE UP and start providing REAL protection for our children in schools. Front Sight stands ready, willing and able to train every teacher in America if that is what it takes! Help us protect your children by demanding YOUR school send their teachers to Front Sight!

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Ignatius Piazza
    Founder and Director
    Front Sight Firearms Training Institute
    7975 Cameron Drive, #900
    Windsor, CA 95492
    http://www.frontsight.com
    info@frontsight.com
    1.800.987.7719

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