Whose Responsibility is School Safety?

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by Sharon Rondeau

The Founders included the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights as a bulwark against government tyranny

(Jan. 17, 2013) — A week following the reported Sandy Hook Elementary School atrocity on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, CT, the National Rifle Association made a public statement in which it advocated for armed personnel in the nation’s schools to prevent another such occurrence.

CEO Wayne LaPierre had made the same statement following the deadly shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007.

Newtown Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson does not agree with the NRA’s position, although the children affected by the rampage are now attending school in the presence of armed police officers.  Some parents are reportedly “glad to see” armed officers and expect their added presence to be “permanent.”

Grant money has been requested by Newtown for extra security, but Robinson said that “those services” are “not forever.”  The additional security is reportedly being provided currently by “other towns.”  However, police department video monitoring of the Newtown schools has been budgeted for since the shooting, with one Board of Education member having stated that in regard to surveillance of school entrances, “justifiable reason becomes apparent only after the event.”

On Wednesday, Robinson addressed a group of Democrat Congress members in Washington, DC, the same day on which Obama unveiled his 23 “executive actions” in a purported attempt to reduce gun violence.  In her testimony, Robinson said the perpetrator “carrying two guns…shot out the glass window to bypass the buzz-in system at the door” to commit the murders of 20 children and staff.  News reports have stated that Adam Lanza was carrying three guns, with a fourth weapon found in the trunk of the car he drove that day.

“They were no match for a troubled person with an AR-15,” Robinson told the audience.

In an appalling display of media bias, MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell reported of Robinson’s testimony:

She was not testifying in front of a House committee, because House Committees are controlled by the party that is owned by the gun merchants of America and the gun merchants do not want the chairman that they own allowing testimony at their hearings about what their mass murder products actually do when they’re aimed at children.

Called “The Voice of Newtown” by MSNBC, Robinson admitted that the school was “helpless” against Adam Lanza’s attack and that she realized “the magnitude” of the event when there were “not enough children” for the parents who arrived at the firehouse, which had been set up as a meeting area.  Robinson read part of a letter written by a fourth-grader to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who represents the 12th District of California, which claimed that “What everyone in Newtown wants is for you to ban semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines and to make everyone use guns safely.”

Does the average fourth-grader know what “semi-automatic weapons” and “large-capacity magazines” are?  Do they know the difference between semi-automatic weapons and a pistol or revolver?

Would the outcome at Sandy Hook have been different if the perpetrator had used a pistol rather than an AR-15?

O’Donnell then clarified to his purported audience that not “everyone” in Newtown wanted a ban on assault weapons as stated in the girl’s letter, quoting a “high-ranking NRA official” residing in Newtown whose organization has voiced “extreme positions on gun rights.”  Robinson replied that “Eva speaks for the heart of the students.”

O’Donnell asked Robinson if it is surprising that that which “Eva” wants, which is “so simple, so clear,” is met with opposition in Washington, to which Robinson answered, “Yes, it is surprising to me.”  She said that the children who had the courage to voice their concerns should be listened to.

Why did the fourth-grader not write to the representative and senators of her own district and state, respectively, or her state legislators?  By asking Obama and Pelosi to take action on gun safety or anything else, what is Newtown teaching its students about the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Connecticut constitution and state government?
Or are those things only “extremists” discuss?

Robinson claimed that she grew up in a military family but does “not keep guns” and that arming teachers or the principal “is not even logical.”  However, she said that the teachers in Newtown “do tell me they need to see armed policemen, and they want people who are trained and know how to use (weapons).”

Other headlines on the same MSNBC web page include “President Obama Makes History on Gun Control,” “President Obama’s Momentum on Gun Control,” and “Howard Dean:  NRA Headquarters is Populated by Crazy People.”  Another video shows NRA headquarters and describes the group as “extremists.”

Referring to Wednesday press conference in dramatic style, O’Donnell went on to describe Joe Biden as “the only person who could have put together a full presidential legislative package on gun control in only 30 days, the man who was chairman of the Senate committee that passed the original assault weapons ban 20 years ago, the man who took the state today as clearly the most valuable vice president of the modern age.”

Newly-elected Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who told residents of Cheshire (the location of the deadly home invasion of 2007), that they could “move to another town” if they could not afford their property taxes, introduced Robinson to the group of Democrats as “a true American hero.”

In another MSNBC presentation, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell said to two like-minded panelists, “The good thing about Newtown is that it was so horrific.”

Another set of obvious gun control supporters hosted by MSNBC called Wayne LaPierre and other members of the NRA “crazy” and called for their collective birth certificates, contending that they could not have been born “in this universe.”  Obama has reportedly never shown an authentic birth certificate while continuing to occupy the White House, sign bills, and issue executive orders, with inauguration into a second term expected on Monday.

Conflicting news reports and statements characterized as “augmented realities” and a purported “distrust of government and media” have caused some to ask if the Sandy Hook incident was staged, exaggerated, misreported, or the result of a training exercise gone awry.  The mainstream media has reported on the “conspiracies” surrounding Sandy Hook as it has the “conspiracy” about Obama’s “forged” birth certificate by attempting to discredit it.

Some school systems, including in such “blue” states as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, have implemented the NRA’s idea of armed guards.  Some schools have been utilizing “resource officers” as a result of a national school security program launched in 2003.

In Harrold, TX, some staff members have been allowed to carry concealed weapons so that an intruder could be dealt with “while waiting for deputies.”  Harrold Superintendent of Schools David Thweatt stated that his plan, which is called “the Guardian,” is a “policy that would protect” children and staff rather than rely on the hope of finding refuge from an attacker.

Like Wyoming, some members of the Texas legislature are seeking to criminalize federal interference with citizens’ Second Amendment rights to bear arms for self-defense.  Utah already has a gun rights bill, and Florida has a law forbidding the violation of a 1987 state rights bill which permits carrying firearms in parks and other public places signed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2011.

A Second Amendment protection bill has also been introduced in Alaska by Speaker of the House Mike Chenault.

The Connecticut governor has launched a commission to study gun violence, mental health issues, and school safety measures to “find some answers.”

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has promised to prevent any federal orders perceived as infringing on the Second Amendment from taking effect in his state.

Some county sheriffs have pledged not to enforce any perceived federal violations of the Second Amendment, which states:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

According to RedState.com:

The amendment is not about sports. It is not about recreation. It is not about hunting. It is only partly about defending yourself from a criminal.

The second amendment is about ensuring a “free state.”

On April 19, 1775, British regulars marched on Lexington and Concord to seize the guns of American colonists that had been stockpiled in case of revolution.


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