you can’t stop the assailants who want to do something like this
We’lll……yea you can. I’ve been saying that you can stop building schools like community centers and start building them like banks. One way in, one way out, minimal windows.
A poster yesterday, raising the obvious point about fire hazard (although almost no schools built in the last forty years have any flammable material in them) pointed out that you can do perimeter fencing, which would force one entrance in, but still give the kids plenty of room outside for their fire drills. Add to that camera security at the entrance point and a metal detector, and you’re in pretty good shape.
Further, I can tell you from living overseas and overseas travel that you do NOT get into an upscale hotel in Northern Africa, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, and China without you and your luggage going through a metal detector. And Russia too, if memory serves.
So, that’s two variables dealt with there: hardening the facility and adding trained *security* personnel, not necessarily cops. The third variable is to reform HIPAA regs a bit and start letting schools, police, etc., know when a student is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Right now, the regs are so biased towards confidentiality that nobody knows anything about anybody.
THEN, if you modify the available weaponry — — you don’t even have to make the deadly-calibre semiautomatics illegal, just up the screening, background checking, and age limits for those weapons. You want a handgun, you have to go through a two-day course; you want an AR-15, it’s going to take you a month of classes.
What we don’t want to do is let this die (no pun intended) AGAIN because the left makes extreme proposals which the right has no choice but to walk away from. OR, that the right walks away from reasonable stuff, because NRA money.
Shame on us if that happens again.