My VFW/American Legion School Shooting Prevention Plan: Grandparents

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My VFW/American Legion School Shooting Prevention Plan: Grandparents

under­stand that a sheep­dog is a funny crit­ter: He is always sniff­ing around out on the perime­ter, check­ing the breeze, bark­ing at things that go bump in the night, and yearn­ing for a right­eous bat­tle. That is, the young sheep­dogs yearn for a right­eous bat­tle.

The old sheep­dogs are a lit­tle older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed, right along with the young ones.

On Sheep Wolves and Sheep­dogs 2010

In the wake of another school shoot­ing where a young his­panic youth (who was instantly trans­formed into “white” by the MSM as soon as he pulled the trig­ger) there has been a lot of breast beat­ing but not too many sug­gested solu­tions that aren’t focused on solv­ing the prob­lem rather than scor­ing polit­i­cal points.

In the inter­est of such a solu­tion let me offer one.

I sug­gest a col­lab­o­ra­tion between local schools and chap­ters of the VFW and/​or the Amer­i­can Legion to pro­tect schools.

It seems to me that there is unlikely a school in the coun­try where there aren’t at least a few stu­dents with uncles, or grand­par­ents or great uncles who are mem­bers of the VFW/​American legion.

I remem­ber them from my youth when my father would take me to VFW events. These old guys were tough, they were fun lov­ing and some­times rough around the edges, but had an incred­i­ble love for their coun­try and their fam­i­lies, because they knew the price they and some of their friends had paid to pro­tect them.

It’s very likely that every sin­gle school has chil­dren with grand­par­ents who are vets and mem­bers of these organization.

If you go to a local McDon­alds you will see a lot of these fel­lows spend­ing the morn­ing, enjoy­ing a 99 cent cof­fee and mus­ing on the events of the day. They remem­ber the ser­vice they once game and are proud of it, I sug­gest they be called into ser­vice once again.

I pro­pose local chap­ters of the VFW and the Amer­i­can Legion put out a call for vol­un­teers to find men will­ing to guard local schools and see if any of these old vets would be will­ing to stand a post a cou­ple of days a week to pro­tect the schools their grand­chil­dren are now attending.

These fel­lows are old sheep­dogs, well past the days of their youth, but they are still sheep­dogs with the instinct to pro­tect, par­tic­u­larly when it’s pro­tect­ing their own.

I’ll sus­pect that a pilot pro­gram of this nature would pro­duce an over­whelm­ing response.

But DaT­e­chGuy you say. These fel­lows are old, can they be expected to win a shootout with a young hood­lum with a semi auto­matic rifle?

There are sev­eral answers to this, con­sider the following:

In the first place, the pres­ence of an armed guard, par­tic­u­larly an armed guard who as a vet has expe­ri­ence in firearms decreases the chances of a par­tic­u­lar school being tar­geted. The wolf will usu­ally choose an unguarded flock vs a guarded one.

In the sec­ond place, there is a big dif­fer­ence between shoot­ing under fire and shoot­ing unop­posed. The abil­ity of a poten­tial school shooter, par­tic­u­larly one who has never been under fire, to engage against help­less stu­dents is seri­ously ham­pered if said shooter has to get by an armed per­son will­ing to fire, espe­cially if said per­son has expe­ri­ence in being under fire.

Finally the pri­mary job of such an old sheep­dog isn’t to take out the school shooter, it’s to slow him down. If an old vet man­ages to hold up such a shooter for even five min­utes that’s not only five min­utes for the teach­ers to get stu­dents out of the school and to safety, but it’s five min­utes for the local police to arrive to engage this shooter who sud­denly has to worry about tak­ing fire from his flank.

Those advan­tages alone are a rea­son to do this but there are also advan­tages of a social and cul­tural nature that arise out of this even if a shooter never ever comes

You get stu­dents see­ing a vet close up, inter­act­ing with him and see­ing our old sol­ders as peo­ple to be admired rather than as our media por­trays them.

You get older gen­tle­men giv­ing an exam­ple of ser­vice, an exam­ple that will make a huge impres­sion on the youth who are being pro­tected at an age when such an impres­sion can inspire the young toward service

You give such older gen­tle­men a pur­pose and pride. No longer are they old sol­diers to be for­got­ten but use­ful mem­bers of soci­ety per­form­ing a vital duty for the coun­try in gen­eral and their local com­mu­nity in particular.

Finally you pro­vide a very pub­lic male role model at a time when many young peo­ple do not have such examples.

Again this can be launched as a pilot pro­gram at a cou­ple of schools and then expanded as per­sonal become avail­able. Local schools could choose to accept or reject these offered guards. Places that want them can get them, again through the local VFW/​American Legion, those who don’t can reject them and take their chances.

For the social rea­sons alone this would be worth­while, with the safety of our chil­dren at stake, I sub­mit and sug­gest it’s a win-​win solution.

Any­ways that’s my idea.


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 understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. 
 
The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed, right along with the young ones.

On Sheep Wolves and Sheepdogs 2010

In the wake of another school shooting where a young hispanic youth (who was instantly transformed into “white” by the MSM as soon as he pulled the trigger) there has been a lot of breast beating but not too many suggested solutions that aren’t focused on solving the problem rather than scoring political points.

In the interest of such a solution let me offer one.

I suggest a collaboration between local schools and chapters of the VFW and/or the American Legion to protect schools.

It seems to me that there is unlikely a school in the country where there aren’t at least a few students with uncles, or grandparents or great uncles who are members of the VFW/American legion.

I remember them from my youth when my father would take me to VFW events. These old guys were tough, they were fun loving and sometimes rough around the edges, but had an incredible love for their country and their families, because they knew the price they and some of their friends had paid to protect them.

It’s very likely that every single school has children with grandparents who are vets and members of these organization.

If you go to a local McDonalds you will see a lot of these fellows spending the morning, enjoying a 99 cent coffee and musing on the events of the day. They remember the service they once game and are proud of it, I suggest they be called into service once again.

I propose local chapters of the VFW and the American Legion put out a call for volunteers to find men willing to guard local schools and see if any of these old vets would be willing to stand a post a couple of days a week to protect the schools their grandchildren are now attending.

These fellows are old sheepdogs, well past the days of their youth, but they are still sheepdogs with the instinct to protect, particularly when it’s protecting their own.

I’ll suspect that a pilot program of this nature would produce an overwhelming response.

But DaTechGuy you say. These fellows are old, can they be expected to win a shootout with a young hoodlum with a semi automatic rifle?

There are several answers to this, consider the following:

In the first place, the presence of an armed guard, particularly an armed guard who as a vet has experience in firearms decreases the chances of a particular school being targeted. The wolf will usually choose an unguarded flock vs a guarded one.

In the second place, there is a big difference between shooting under fire and shooting unopposed. The ability of a potential school shooter, particularly one who has never been under fire, to engage against helpless students is seriously hampered if said shooter has to get by an armed person willing to fire, especially if said person has experience in being under fire.

Finally the primary job of such an old sheepdog isn’t to take out the school shooter, it’s to slow him down. If an old vet manages to hold up such a shooter for even five minutes that’s not only five minutes for the teachers to get students out of the school and to safety, but it’s five minutes for the local police to arrive to engage this shooter who suddenly has to worry about taking fire from his flank.

Those advantages alone are a reason to do this but there are also advantages of a social and cultural nature that arise out of this even if a shooter never ever comes

You get students seeing a vet close up, interacting with him and seeing our old solders as people to be admired rather than as our media portrays them.

You get older gentlemen giving an example of service, an example that will make a huge impression on the youth who are being protected at an age when such an impression can inspire the young toward service

You give such older gentlemen a purpose and pride.  No longer are they old soldiers to be forgotten but useful members of society performing a vital duty for the country in general and their local community in particular.

Finally you provide a very public male role model at a time when many young people do not have such examples.

 

Again this can be launched as a pilot program at a couple of schools and then expanded as personal become available.  Local schools could choose to accept or reject these offered guards.   Places that want them can get them, again through the local VFW/American Legion, those who don’t can reject them and take their chances.

For the social reasons alone this would be worthwhile, with the safety of our children at stake, I submit and suggest it’s  a win-win solution.

Anyways that’s my idea.


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Finally might I suggest my book  Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excellent Gift.