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Why The Left Doesn’t Want Safe Schools

Who would have a problem with police in schools?

The recent rampage in Newport, Connecticut has the entire country talking about gun rights, safety, and the protection of young, innocent schoolchildren. Fixing the woeful measures of school protection, is a commonly held belief, across politics of all stripes.  How best to protect those schoolchildren, however, has any number of suggestions, and just as many critics.

Many centrists and most Republicans support the placing of armed police, either active or retired, in schools.  The reasoning goes, as police, they have received plenty of training, both with firearms, and with person-to-person interactions. Met with a threat, police’s first instinct is surely not carelessly to open fire – that is the last option, when talking and negotiating have proven ineffective. Trained to use words first, and lethal force last, is how the police operate.

While thinking about that, and attempting to find problems and flaws with police in schools, I may have inadvertently found a reason why some progressives do not want cops in schools. Much progressive rhetoric relies on the belief that authority is inherently bad, and it should always be questioned, and sometimes engaged physically.

I think here lies the crux of their problem with police in schools. How on earth could police officers who provide safe learning environments be a bad thing? While there are some progressives who actually fear the inanimate object that is a firearm, seeing a mature, responsible authority figure at school with that firearm, would tear down tenets of the progressive orthodoxy.

Students would see and interact with a policeman everyday, learning that police are not the overbearing monsters that many on the left would have the public believe. Add to that the effect of a sidearm tucked safely away in a holster, and the child learns that the gun is not the randomly-firing, crazy-tool-with-a-mind of its own, either. Opposing police in schools also creates a problem with many progressives’ claim that only highly-trained, responsible, licensed people should be allowed to have firearms at all.

If you allow children to see this same responsibility daily, and the children also grow to respect the policemen as more than just an authority (as someone who has sworn to place his own life in between the children’s’ lives and any threat) and you would cause all sorts of short-circuiting with liberal narratives. The schoolchildren will experience cognitive dissonance between the media who love to show the most atrocious police stories possible, and the friendly school protector. The children will also be able to ask the policeman questions and learn from him.

Once that sort of erosion of progressive dogma starts – where would it end? The progressives, already outnumbered, might be forced to defend more of their often illogical and baseless claims, in futile attempt to remain relevant. Why it could be the end of the entire progressive false reality. To me, the positives far outweigh the imagined negatives, and the course is clear – show the children we care enough to protect them from both evil threats, and the misguided progressive claim that guns are inherently evil, and that people should not be able to protect themselves.

  1. the gaslamp post
    December 23, 2012 at 01:52


    Excellent article.

    I do however need to add some insight to your perspective. Unfortunately I will have to play the devil’s advocate here on this one.

    School shootings go back quite aways. My parents (both immigrants to the United States) gave me a private school education up until the 8th grade, then they allowed me to make a choice. Like an idiot, I elected to go to the public highschool with my neighborhood friends.

    In my first week in public highschool, I went from a class of 19 students in the 8th grade to a freshmen class of 1100. By my 4th day I had seen numerous mob “gang fights” and then saw a kid shot in the chest right in front of me over a bag of pot.

    Mind you, this is going back 30 years.

    By my sophomore year they had installed a “liaison” office for the police upstairs and within six months had built a police lock-up. In my highschool, they had a holding cell.

    With police presence at the school (the projects were actually just on the other side of the football field, behind a chain-link fence) what actually happened was a drop in the morale amongst the student body.

    No one wanted to participate or speak up about the issues facing the student body, out of fear of the cops walking the halls. The punks and ghetto trash would provoke incidents between themselves and the law enforcement, in order to gain what they called “cred”. Believe it or not, that is not a new term.

    Most of the time they were trying to get into a gang or trying to impress a girl by being a smartass and getting the tough guy image by being taken away in handcuffs.

    There were numerous drug dealers who were having students take care of business inside of the school, and used kids because they were able to convince them that they wouldn’t face any penalties since they were minors.

    This led to even MORE shootings in the school, mostly because they knew that if the cops were upstairs, they would need another 3 minutes to respond. They would simply book out the doors in the back, across the football field, and disappear into the projects.

    The school responded with more police presence, both inside as well as outside, and then they chained the doors during school hours. The chains led to lawsuits and the increased police presence led to a prison mentality amongst the students.

    Once the stakes were raised, the shootings became MORE brazen. Why? Because now the morons saw a chance to become legends. I’m only reporting back what I saw happen, stupidity didn’t feign in the presence of law enforcement.

    My point is; by floating the dependency mindset amongst parents, along with the prison atmosphere within impressionable youth, while they push violence in the media an innocuous defiance of family structure because parents are being stripped of their rights; you can expect to see this more and more.

    The Clinton administration failed in it’s mission to create the utopian society through an “anything goes” indoctrination. The liberal jello-brained non-constraint-ency is destined to fail, much as we see here and now.

    When it takes a village to raise a child, expect that child to be confused. When it takes public funds to remove responsibility, expect those who would otherwise be responsible to step aside.

    When the moment of truth faces those with no sense of responsibility, we can only expect them to do what kept animals do; that is to bite.

    Cops in school? Give it a try, but don’t scream at me when it doesn’t work. I say hold parents responsible.

    Anything short of that and we’re just pushing the responsibility onto someone else, are we not? Once we do that, then we have become what we hate.


  2. the gaslamp post
    December 23, 2012 at 02:14

    JBrenn, please don’t take my statement as antagonistic, I only wished to provide insight. Different locations and different mindsets due to that exist. Such is my disdain for the impracticality of the centralization of our nation’s systems, there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution.

    That is why we have the 10th amendment.


    • December 23, 2012 at 03:04

      No, I don’t sense antagonism at all, and I appreciate your insight and sharing your own experiences. I’m with you on the 10th Amendment, too.
      I had the experience of public education too, for my entire schooling. While I can understand the idiotic and hormone-induced teen-aged cred-seekers, I wouldn’t say that the cops were the CAUSE of it, but more a MEANS to an end. I would offer than the teens would find another way to earn a reputation if the cops weren’t there.
      I would put the onus of the “get away with anything” attitude on a failed justice system. If there were real and substantial penalties for stupidity of the teen aged sort, I think it would scare more than a few straight. Take the trouble makers away from their egging on friends, technological toys, and comforts of home once, and I would suspect they’d think twice before doing it again.


  3. the gaslamp post
    December 23, 2012 at 04:08

    YES! Yes, absolutely. But how do we do that? How do we take away the troublemakers while the enablers sue to keep them instated?

    I attend school board meetings (even though my own children aren’t public school educated) and scream as useless idiots vote themselves pay raises. I usually find myself in the minority, and now as of my most recent visit find that I now have to “register” myself before I am even allowed to enter…

    Do I not pay property taxes? Why the f%^&$ do I have to register in order to address the clowns I am paying?

    How do we take away the trouble makers? How do we rid ourselves of those whom have no sense of consequence?

    They are those who are shooting up our children’s schools and acting afoul.

    I say cut off the ones who are breeding them. Why are we funding stupid to beget stupid?


  4. December 23, 2012 at 11:45

    I think the mechanism to keep kids (good, bad, and misbehaving) is because of the school-funding mechanism that provides school-funding for the kids’ presences. More kids, more money. If that’s changed, it may provide an impetus for changing the way troublemakers are handled.
    If lawsuits to keep the kids in their schools are the issue, I point again to a flawed and lackadaisical legal system. It seems like many of the problems with the legal system are at the root of the issues with schools.


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