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The Unthinkable Is Now Thinkable

Whatever it takes, and whatever the cost.

May God bless the souls of the victims of yesterday's shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.  May bands of benevolent Angels surround them with unconditional love and heal their spirits.  May their families ultimately find peace.  Shocking carnage of this type, once thought to be an aberation are now becoming far too commonplace.  Once believed to be so beyond the pale of events that could happen, we have hopefully now learned a terrible lesson.  It has happened again.  Columbine, Pearl, Virginia Tech, and now Newtown.

There is some evil confluence of time and space that must come together in the sickened and warped minds of those who would perpetrate such an act, and we as a society must do what it takes to see that it doesn't happen in our community.  Possibly the simplest solution is to place trained and armed police officers in every school in our community, along with the necessary resources to carry out their duties.  Safety and security must be the first consideration with zero  thought to how much it may cost. We can't allow it to happen as it has happened, with frightening regularity in other areas.  Sheriff Millsap has his people trained to respond effectively to any situation where there is an active shooting incident.  This reactive response, while most assuredly neutralizing the perpetrator will likely be too late to prevent the perpetrator from carrying out his mission from hell.

It had never happened in Columbine or Newtown either.  And then it came, with all its death and horror.  We can take the steps to minimize the chance that the unthinkable will ever happen here.

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Beachbum December 15, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Changes in our mental health system are needed. It will come out soon about all these signals, signs, and behaviors that were red flags. However we are not allowed to force someone to take their medication or force treatment on them. Because of HIPPA and other stringent regulations, people who are dangerous cant be forcibly treated until they actually snap.
Bill Thrasher December 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM
What you say does make sense Rob. I wonder how many, or if any of our educators would be willing. Interesting idea though.
Bill Thrasher December 15, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I think you are also on target Beachbum. Once this cadre of non-professional observers starts reporting the incidents of bizarre behavior causing some type of intervention, where will it stop? It's a slippery slope. Just because someone exhibits strange behavior, our laws properly don't allow us to snatch them up until, as you properly put it, "Snap"
Bill Thrasher December 16, 2012 at 03:25 PM
This terrible incident has now gone from the "Unthinkable" to "Forseeable". There are many things that can be done to minimize the chance that something like this may happen in our schools, and all of them cost money. So what?
Always an Emerson girl! December 27, 2012 at 05:48 AM
@ Rod...how in the world can you know that? Just ONE armed teacher. Wow. It's too simple a statement to be such a stupid one. There are too many variables. There could have been TEN armed teachers - and perhaps NONE of them could have stopped this man. People PEOPLE...stop and think! Have none of you never heard on the news of policemen getting killed? You think placing armed police/security officers in every school is actually going to stop some deranged person from carrying out his mission? It's just like securing your home: you can have every dog, every sensor light and every alarm system known to man BUT if someone REALLY wants to break into your home, he will do it. Place all the officers you want in each school in America and if someone REALLY wants to get inside and shoot up the place, HE WILL DO IT.

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