And over, and over, and over again…

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"One more thing for you parents out there. I have addressed this before. If your kids are going to a government school which is not hardened, get them out of there. I would. The risk is not worth it. Until we address the real core issues of these shootings, they will go on until time immortal."

I don't know if I should cry or scream. But before I would do either, I need to try and understand what in the hell is going on in our schools. Another school shooting today? Maybe ten dead? In Texas? Please don't take this the wrong way, but after the last shooting in Florida, I said the next one was already in the planning process. And it was going to happen somewhere, location yet to be determined. How did I know that? Because we refuse to harden our schools.
No, rather than hardening our schools, we would rather get into another inane nationwide argument on the Second Amendment and/or banning the NRA. Neither of those discussions prove fruitful. So the real problem(s) on why these shootings happen, and the viable solution, goes dormant.
I have said this before, but I think it bears repeating. As a child of the 50's and 60's, the thought of shooting someone was out of the question. Never considered. The thought of bringing a gun into a school, and shooting some fellow students - again, out of the question. Why do I bring this up? People my age feel like a stranger in a strange land trying to understand these recent shootings.
When we were up in Duluth this week, we drove by a somewhat large middle school. There was a deputy sheriff's car parked in the parking lot. I assumed this deputy was acting as a school community service officer. Least wise, I hoped so.
There was another attempted school shooting earlier in the week. A school community service officer was present and took care of the situation. The youth only got off one shot and nobody was hit. The community service officer, then dropped (but not fatally) the youth with one shot. It was textbook how it was suppose to work.
One more thing for you parents out there. I have addressed this before. If your kids are going to a government school which is still not hardened, get them out of there. I would. The risk is not worth it. Until we address the real core issues of these shootings, they will go on until time immortal.