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Dennis Richardson's idea to help stop mass murder in our schools- good plan!

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by g.i. joe, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. g.i. joe

    g.i. joe Portland Active Member

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    I received this email today from the office of Dennis Richardson, Its a good start.

    Rep. Richardson's Newsletter
    School Safety & Campus Responders
    December 17, 2012
    We continue to mourn with the families of 20 children and 6 adults killed last week in Sandy Hook Elementary School. I am frustrated over our failure in America to protect our school children and teachers from future attacks. President Obama rightfully told the grieving families in Connecticut “Surely we can do better….” and “We are not doing enough and we will have to change.” The question is what kind of change will make our K-12 schools safer for our children and educators when the next mass murderer forces his way into another of our schools.

    This is a serious issue and I am looking for realistic alternatives for our school district administrators to consider before a copy-cat massacre occurs here in Oregon. Please do not think me insensitive to the grief being felt in Newtown, Connecticut and around America. This discussion results from last Friday’s tragedy and if a change in school policy results that saves even one life during the next inevitable school-killing rampage, then the lives lost in Newtown will not have been lost in vain.

    To focus our consideration on school safety, the debate over banning weapons will be addressed another day. There are already 250 million firearms in circulation in the USA and assault weapons were already banned in Connecticut before last Friday’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. By sad coincidence a mad-man in China also entered an elementary school last Friday and used a knife to stab 22 children.

    In other words, instead of responding to the latest mass murder with calls for more gun-control, the real issue should be ensuring the protection of our children and educators from armed psychopaths. Currently, when a killer begins his rampage the only armed person in the school for at least five minutes after the sound of the first gunshot is the mass murderer.

    Training in classroom lock-down techniques is valuable, but passive. Classroom lock-down procedures alone fail to protect the children and adults who continue to be murdered before the police arrive. A police officer in every school is not the answer; a police officer would be the first target of a shooter and the cost would be prohibitive for most school districts.

    Lives would be saved by stopping the shooter. Seconds count when the police are five minutes away.

    To start the discussion, here is a simple, inexpensive way to enable immediate response after the first gunshot in a school is fired. Establish a program of Campus Responders.

    Campus Responders could be two or three responsible adult volunteers in every school (administrators, staff members, teachers or members of the community such as retired law enforcement or military personnel), who are enlisted and encouraged to obtain additional training and regular practice in the use of firearms. Each Campus Responder would have a firearm concealed on their person or locked and concealed in a secure metal gun box bolted in their desks. School district employees with prior military or law enforcement experience would be the initial candidates for this voluntary assignment. No one outside of school and district administration would know the identity of these volunteers.

    In short, having armed and trained personnel in every school would enable immediate response with lethal force if and when the lives of our children and teachers were endangered by a mass murderer.

    If this procedure had been implemented, the number of students and educators killed in every school massacre from Columbine to Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook might have been greatly reduced. (The same would be true if implemented by shop-keepers and mall personnel such as those in Clackamas) In Texas the Harrold School District’s “Guardian Plan” already has implemented such a policy. Under present Oregon Firearm Law, school districts already have the authority to do likewise. In Israel and Thailand armed school personnel save the lives of their children. In America the slaughter of our school children continues.

    To refocus this important debate let’s consider the following: (1.) Mass murderers may be armed with guns, knives, explosives, and, as we saw last year in China, even hammers. (2.) From the 1998 killings in Oregon’s own Thurston High School to last week’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary our students and educators have continued to be slaughtered in our public schools. (3.) There is less than a one in a million chance that a mass shooting will occur in a school on any given day. (4.) Police response times are at least five minutes; and, (5.) The costs are prohibitive and counter-productive to a quality education to turn our schools into educational prisons, with high fences, bullet proof doors and continual police patrols. Nevertheless, as last Friday’s tragedy reminds us all, school campus massacres continue to occur and our passive policies have failed to adequately limit the number of innocent victims once the rampage begins.

    What do you think of the idea of having 2 or 3 experienced and trained volunteers serve as armed Campus Responders? Do you have a better idea?

    If you have a serious comment on this important issue, please share your thoughts and ideas. Click Here.

    Thank you in advance for helping me (and through your comments, school district administrators), evaluate appropriate policy changes in preparation for the next mass murders on a school campus.

    Sincerely,

    Dennis Richardson
    State Representative
     
  2. TapRackNGo

    TapRackNGo PNW Well-Known Member

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    I filled out the form, asked him where to sign up.
     
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  3. Mr. Ben

    Mr. Ben Snohomish Co. Active Member

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    Wow, I wish more politicians thought like that.
     
  4. Senator

    Senator Oregon New Member

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    I work in the schools and, after receiving Dennis's update via email this afternoon, have already notified our President that should such a plan be enacted at our institution, I welcome him to confidentially call on me, my training and my time.
     
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  5. Cigarlvr313

    Cigarlvr313 Washougal Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    This makes me wish I lived in Oregon....
     
  6. coyoteman5

    coyoteman5 North south east west Active Member

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    This really needs to be passed around to as many people Especially state Senate or governor Each state rep etc... FB, twitter
     
  7. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Me too, I'd gladly volunteer some time at one of the schools.
     
  8. robertg

    robertg Sandy Oregon Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    My wife is a 4th grade teacher here in Sandy, she came home today and told me that after much discussion of the events of last week, the solution they came up with was exactly the same as his idea of Campus Responders.
    Wow, real solutions for the real world.

    Thanks for posting this, I will share this idea.
     
  9. WFO

    WFO Cottage Grove Active Member

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    Got this in my email today as well.

    It seems like a well thought out and feasible plan.
     
  10. TapRackNGo

    TapRackNGo PNW Well-Known Member

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    Encouraging discussions acting as reasonable responsible adults trying to address a serious issue. Maybe there is some hope.
     
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  11. sealine

    sealine Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I went to my daughters basketball game last night at a local high-school. As I walked towards the east side of the building, the only entrance/exit was (4) sets of double doors. There were no other exterior exits that I could see. And it appeared that none of the windows opened.

    This got me to thinking...now I'm from Georgia, so this isn't a natural thing for me, but bear with me. Why don't they put some type of emergency exit in every classroom that has an exterior wall? Just some type of way for the kids to get the hell out of the building. These drills of having them lock their door, turn out the lights and hide under their desks just ain't cutting it.
     
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    aslinged Southern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Dennis Kucinich is sending this around too.
     
  13. mosinguy1

    mosinguy1 out by the ocean Active Member

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    I like this. It is something I have thought of and was going to suggest to our local le's here. Thanks for shareing this it will help me!!!!!!
     
  14. g.i. joe

    g.i. joe Portland Active Member

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    You would think fire code would require these additional exits. Its been a while since Ive been in school though.
     
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  15. g.i. joe

    g.i. joe Portland Active Member

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    I think the volunteering and training on your own dime is a great approach that will get you far with schools that have stressed budgets. Maybe we can take some of the "Arts" fund and apply to this sheepdog position :)
    I remember Front Sight offering free training to pilots after 9/11, they will most likely offer the the same for first responders when this takes off. We will probably see a lot of firearm training schools off free training.
     
  16. robertg

    robertg Sandy Oregon Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    New schools are built like prisons, limited doors. Most of our schools are pretty old and have doors everywhere.
    What to do depends on the situation, they practice for fire, earthquake, and lockdown. I think there will be a new plan for hearing shooting inside the school, round up the kids and run like hell for about three blocks. Hiding in a closet would only work for danger outside of the building.
     
  17. robertg

    robertg Sandy Oregon Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Also, you'd be surprised how many teachers already have a concealed weapon permit.
     
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    jb11 salem Active Member

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    I got the same email.I think it is the best,most common sense plan I have heard yet.
     
  19. mosinguy1

    mosinguy1 out by the ocean Active Member

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    Wow!!! The first common sense I have heard out of any politician in a very long while!!! I have thought this since Columbine!!! I will be happy to spread the word and hope this country will adopt this plan...not only in Oregon but everywhere!!! ~Mosinguy's wife~
     
  20. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Sorry, fantastic idea, but it will never fly.

    Government doesn't want citizens taking care of themselves. This is asking for everyone from janitors to Principals to arm themselves and be school guardians, correct? Well, no badge, no go. Gov wants dependency, not independence, period.

    Problem - shootings; Reaction - fear and panic; Solution - draconian laws and gun grabs only. Citizens willing to take up the cause need not apply.