I used to ride my bike past the Newtown police station and Sandy Hook Elementary School on my way to work. The ride is down a steep hill and took less than ten minutes on my bicycle. The police took eleven minutes to get there, while 26 people were killed.
Lanza killed himself as soon as the police showed up. Had there been an armed person in the building, the massacre most likely never would have happened.
During those eleven minutes before the police arrived and finally closed in on his position, Lanza was completely unopposed by any armed individual, using the time to fire over a hundred rounds to kill 26 people – 6 adults and 20 children.
Would placing trained armed guards or police officers in the nation’s public schools then really be so unreasonable? Shouldn’t public officials have a special obligation to ensure the safety of our children when they are compelled to be placed in their care? Can there possibly be a good reason why the pro-gun control Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence’s extensive 41 page-long list of all on and off-school campus shooting incidents since 31 January 1997 contains just one mention of any kind of security guard
h/t to Dave G