How’s those no guns allowed signs working for you?
No sane person wants to see another school massacre like Virginia Tech, Columbine, or Sandy Hook. So why is it that anti-gun radicals on the political left are fighting so hard against those measures proven to reduce the number of fatalities when school shootings do occur? In school districts around the country, even-keeled, data-driven administrators are heeding the advice of law enforcement and counter-terrorism experts who have explained time and again that the way to stop school shooters with the lowest amount of casualties is the combination of armed law enforcement officers assigned to schools (known as school resource officers, or SROs), and a number of school faculty and staff carrying concealed weapons. In scenarios tested, there was a control group (no SROs on campus, not concealed carriers on staff), scenarios with SROs but no concealed carriers on campus, and scenarios with SROs on campus and a very conservative use of armed faculty/staff, who sheltered in place to protect the students in their classroom only. Educator and writer John Richardson noted the results of this scenario testing:
The control scenario was just a school with locked doors and no resource officers or staff with concealed carry permits. The researchers found that the control scenario had the most casualties and the longest response time. Their model showed that the response time would be 10-12 minutes and an average of 20 casualties. Their model used historical active shooter data to arrive at this. When a school resource officer is introduced to the scenario, response times dropped to a quarter of the original times and casualties were reduced by two-thirds. The scenario involving concealed carry in the school had rather conservative parameters. Only 5-10% of the staff and administration carried concealed and those holders sheltered in place with their students. They only engaged the threat when the shooter came into the room in which they were sheltered. In other words, they were not roaming the school actively searching out the shooter. The Homeland Security Institute found that adding concealed carry holders to the mix reduced both response times and casualties the most of any scenario tested.