When the horrific school shooting unfolded in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day this year, many liberal immediately sought to use the tragedy as a means of gaining an important piece of the progressive agenda by politicizing it and using it to justify calling for gun control.
In reality, this isn’t going to stop violent human beings from acting out their sick fantasies. It’s only going to make people more vulnerable and open to victimhood.
This is why a county in North Carolina has opted to hire former law enforcement and military veterans to be guards in every school.
According to the Daily Wire:
In Henderson County, where 14,000 students are part of the school system, officials said people with law enforcement or military backgrounds will serve at all 23 schools starting in the 2018-19 school year. School board chairwoman Amy Lynn Holt stated, “Henderson County has always been a sleepy little town. We’ve not felt like we’re threatened here. Well, we have to start acting like we’re threatened.”
Henderson County differs from neighboring counties which are using volunteer school resource officers; Stanly County will start using volunteer school resource officers in April at four elementary schools. As the News & Observer notes, “Johnston County is also considering the possibility of using armed volunteers, while the Rockingham County sheriff wants to use armed volunteers in his county’s schools.”
Henderson County Sheriff Charles McDonald said it would be difficult to find enough volunteers “to be able to hold the kind of standards that we want,” adding that the armed security guards won’t be sworn law enforcement officers, but still have to be vetted the way deputies are, as well as go through psychological testing.
As we discovered on Tuesday, armed guards are a much more productive way to keep kids safe while they are at school. If it wasn’t for the quick thinking and bravery of a resource officer, a shooting in a Maryland high school would’ve been much, much worse.
Let’s hope schools around America follow North Carolina’s example.