Heads in the sand

The Harrold Texas school district went through a careful deliberate examination of the situation and came up with the obvious conclusion:

The biggest champion of the school district’s policy, superintendent David Thweatt, said his goal is to arm the good guys in order to deter the bad who might want to turn tiny Harrold, with its 100 students, into the next Columbine, the Denver-area high school that was the site of the infamous 1999 shooting that left 15 dead, including the two student gunmen.

School massacres of the past have shown they can happen anywhere, Thweatt said,

Two geographic factors make Harrold’s school vulnerable, he said. It is only about 1,000 feet from the four-lane U.S. 287, yet it’s 18 miles away from the local Sheriff’s Office.

“I don’t want to call a parent and say, ‘Some bad guy came in, and your kid’s dead, and we didn’t have a good plan to prevent it,’ ” Thweatt said last week from his office.

Lee said that Thweatt isn’t unreasonable either when he talks about the school’s remote location. The 999-square-mile county is patrolled by no more than three deputies at any given time. Should his men be on the wrong side of the county during an emergency at Harrold’s school, it might take 25 minutes for them to arrive, Lee said.

But the Brady Center has their heads in the sand as well as talking out of both sides of their mouth:

According to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun-control advocacy group, fewer than 1 percent of school-age homicide victims are killed on school grounds or on their way to or from school.

“Schools are amongst the safest places in America,” said Brian Siebel, senior attorney at the Brady Center. “Homicides at schools are the extraordinary, exceptional situation. Our no-gun policies are very effective.”

I suppose it depends on how you determine “effective”. If they means in terms of disarming victims, then yes, they have been very effective. And disarmed victims means more deaths of innocent children in our schools. But when confronted I’m certain they won’t admit to that interpretation. They prefer to believe letting the good guys be armed is a bad thing.

If the Brady Center claims bans in guns in schools are a good thing then they must rejoice when a nut-case shoots up a school unopposed by an armed innocent. Oh, that’s right, they do dance in the blood of the innocents.