Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Nothing says "freedom" like armed guards and metal detectors.

You know I worked in a school for troubled kids that was much like the one pictured in this cartoon.

There was not a lot of educating going on there, and the behaviors increased to match their prison like environment.

Our children deserve better.


  1. Anonymous6:19 PM

    I once took a continuing Ed class in one of those schools. That was way back in the 1980s, and in CA...

  2. Sharon6:21 PM

    I am holding my breath everyday that these crazy people they are putting on tv are going to push a looney to try to shoot Obama or Biden. This gun control chatter on tv is gonna unleash someone, I feel it in my bones, I wish they would not give them any media time at all. It is just fuel on the fire to these wingnuts and you know they all have tons of guns.

  3. Anita Winecooler7:06 PM

    This whole premise is wrong, how does this contribute to a healthy learning environment?

    I can't wait for Joe Biden's committee to make a sane announcement and a balanced approach to gun safety.

    Rest Assured, Sheriff R Piehole is ON it!

    And not to be out done, we have THIS piece of humanity, driven to Mormonism after her dentist committed suicide, she's drawn to James Holmes.

    Who's minding the asylum?

    ALL Kids Deserve Better!

  4. Anonymous8:36 PM

    I don't know how to tell you this, but there are already places that look like that in the United States. Airports have metal detectors and armed guards. In addition to the TSA, we have our local police. If you arrive on an international flight, that are more uniforms, weapons and dogs who sniff out either drugs or food that you're not supposed to have in your luggage. There are probably hidden cameras and people observing, off somewhere. If there is a security alert, it's not unusual to see bomb sniffing dogs patrolling the parking lot and armed soldiers patrolling inside. All of this has to do with security. If I'm getting on a plane, I am happy for the security.

    In the center of our city, there are several buildings with courts: Federal, County, and so on. People have entered either the court room or the judge's chambers to shoot him when he gave an opinion that the shooter didn't like. Now, to go into the State or County buildings, everyone goes through metal detectors. There are armed police.
    It's funny, we don't think much about that guard in the bank with a side arm, only when there seem to be metal detectors.

    I have gone to the county building to get a birth certificate, and I don't feel upset putting my purse through the X-ray machine. I don't mind walking through the metal detector, and I don't mind the police presence. I'm sorry that actions of a few disgruntled people, carrying guns and a grudge against a judge is what makes all of us go through this just to enter the building. The lady with needlework to keep her busy will have her scissors taken away (she'll get them back when she leaves.) It's been that way for years.

    1. Chella10:25 PM

      I was a student in public schools in an affluent NJ town during and after columbine.

      Our school district freaked out. We had metal detectors, we had scannable ID cards we had to wear around our necks and we had to scan them when we entered the school in the morning, when we walked into the lunch room, before and after bathroom breaks during class time.

      It lasted for about a year before the high tech security program was shut down.

      But they did absolutely nothing to stop the rampant bullying problems we had. Or offer any kind of help for kids like me who were terrified to go to school because I didn't feel like having my books thrown away at lunch for be pushed down the stairs again.

      Metal detectors didn't fix the problem. It was just a bandaid to appease worried parents.

  5. Anonymous8:44 PM

    Ed Schultz Interviews Teacher Who Wants To Carry Gun In Class Without Telling Parents

    “Well, in the state of Utah, a parent doesn’t have to know about it,” Ms. Cain replied. “Teachers can carry a firearm and nobody ever — they’ve been doing it for 12 years. I’ve found out more and more about teachers that do.”

    Asked if she personally believed that parents have a right to know, Cain started off on a tangent about teachers, then settled on “Not necessarily.”

  6. Anonymous9:19 PM

    Piers Morgan To Gun Owners Of America’s Larry Pratt: Try To Stick ‘To Facts, Not Lies’

  7. Anonymous9:24 PM

    Live by the gun, die by the gun.

    Keith Ratliff Dead: FPSRussia YouTube Channel Producer Shot In Apparent Homicide, Georgia Police Say

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  9. Anonymous6:14 AM

    Here's some great new Gryphen!

    A new poll by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling shows that the National Rifle Association’s favorability rating has declined significantly since that organization’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, held a press conference in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The poll also found that voters of every affiliation, including gun owners, oppose LaPierre’s plan to arm teachers in schools, and most voters even oppose putting an armed policeman in every school. The NRA may want to keep these results in mind as they prep for tomorrow’s meeting with Vice President Joe Biden‘s task force.

  10. Anonymous7:15 AM

    To me this is just selling guns to keep a business. Putting them in every school so someone can keep making money. I don't think we are going to go into war anymore, as intelligence shows we make conflict in other countries so we can keep the military in full force.

  11. Anonymous9:00 AM

    putting an armed policeman in every school would certainly solve the problem for the short term but it would be too expensive. The expense is most likely the reason people aren't in favor of doing it. But certainly something has to be done to fix the problem long term and it's highly unlikely that trying to outlaw some kinds of guns is ever going to be successful. Likewise, limiting magazine capacity would be similarly unsuccessful if it could even be accomplished.

    No nation's people want to be told that their mindset is the problem and so that is not being talked about and won't be. As long as Americans long for those type of weapons then there are going to be some who long for them for the specific purpose of using them on humans. With a change in the mindset so that the longing for that type of weapon is drastically reduced then the shootings will decline along with it.

    There is nothing else that separates Americans from people of other nations. Even Canada where the gun violence is 1/20, has as many or more guns per capita. Canadians just don't crave that kind of weapon the way Americans do. Hence, the trouble is in the heads of Americans.

    But nobody wants to hear it and hence, nobody will address it with the intent of doing something about it. Not here on this blog nor anywhere else in America. And so, as distasteful as it seems at the moment, short term solutions are about the only cure for the problem. Keeping the children safe and alive in their schools becomes much more important than the politics.

    Or is it?

    1. Anonymous9:16 AM

      I commend you for posting my message jesse. I condemn you as usual for never following up on the truth it states. None of your efforts to bring the issue forward and keep it alive will serve any purpose whatsoever if the real issue is never addressed. And so your efforts become a waste of time as many more school children will die.

      Your only responsibility is to consider what you 'could' have tried to do.

  12. Anonymous11:24 AM

    Hey Jesse - I am challenging you to post these two links regarding a mother defending herself AND her children (twins) against an intruder into her home in Atlanta, Georgia:

    And the video:


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