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Allowing armed staff at schools is the only solution

January 16, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

Israel tried gun-free zones for schools and quickly experienced several atrocities. They then permitted teachers who cared to carry concealed firearms. The jihadist switched to more public, less protected places, like cafes and bus stops.

What we need is a right to carry concealed by teachers. How far would the Sandy Hook shooter have gone if one or two faculty or staff had been armed? Would he have attempted this at all if he thought there were an unknown number of people prepared to stop him?

Allowing armed staff is the only solution that is practical and will work but, sorry to say, it is not politically correct. The liberal/statist mentality denies individual's right to self-protection. They think we should relinquish our right to self-protection to some government agency.

No one should be so foolish as to expect some government agency or police department to protect them. The police are reactionary in nature. They generally investigate and fill out reports after you have been beaten, robbed, raped or murdered.

Each person is ultimately responsible for protecting themselves and their families, and faculty is responsible for our children's safety while at school. In fact, the powers that be in any gun-free zone should be held responsible when something like Sandy Hook happens and people were denied the right to self-protection because defensive weapons were banned.

Gun-free zones don't keep evil people out; they only supply a venue of helpless targets for a madman with a gun.

The Supreme Court has ruled multiple times that they are under no obligation to protect the citizens.

For example:

Warren v. District of Columbia[1] (444 A.2d. 1, D.C. Ct. of Ap. 1981) is a U.S. Court of Appeals case in which three rape victims sued the District of Columbia because of negligence on the part of the police. Two of three female roommates were upstairs when they heard men break in and attack the third. After repeated calls to the police over half an hour, the roommate's screams stopped, and they assumed the police had arrived. They went downstairs and were held captive, raped, robbed, beaten and forced to commit sexual acts upon one another and to submit to the attackers' sexual demands for 14 hours. The police had lost track of the repeated calls for assistance. DC's highest court ruled that the police do not have a legal responsibility to provide personal protection to individuals, and absolved the police and the city of any liability.

The Supreme Court ruling in Town of Castle Rock vs. Gonzales effectively ruled that the police are not legally obligated to provide protection, and that restraining orders create no special relationship with victims entitling them to protection.

Brian Cassatt

Lehigh Acres



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