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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 24, 2014

School tragedies preventable locally

By Jim Morrow | Mar 21, 2013

To the editor:

Thanks to Representative Chip Baltimore, (Dist. 48 (R) Boone) for discovering that Fairfield Public School and MSAE principals already have the power to prevent a tragic Sandyhook-type massacre at their schools.

Iowa Code Section 724.4B(2)(b) — on the books since 1995 — gives school administrators the power to authorize teachers, janitors, themselves, volunteers or even members of the general public to carry weapons and go armed on school property — a gun-free zone to anyone else, carrying a Class D felony for violation. What this means is that Fairfield public and private school principals and administrators have the power to do the most effective thing possible to prevent a Sandyhook-like tragedy in Fairfield, by authorizing volunteer, competent and qualified teachers, administrators, janitors, and staff to be armed at school, to be able to respond the fastest to a school shooting threat. Representatives like Tom Shaw (Dist 10 (R) Pocahontas) who is a policeman, know first hand that the police can’t be everywhere at once and they can’t teleport. It’s going to take them time to get there. As gun instructor/advocate Larry Correia says, “When seconds count, cops are only minutes away.” At Sandyhook and other mass shootings, we’ve seen how much damage can be done as frightful seconds turn to minutes.

“The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by law enforcement: 14. The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by civilians: 2.5. The reason is simple. The armed civilians are there when it started.

“The teachers are there already. The school staff is there already. Their reaction time is measured in seconds, not minutes. They can serve as your immediate violent response. Best case scenario, they engage and stop the attacker, or it bursts his fantasy bubble and he commits suicide. Worst case scenario, the armed staff provides a distraction, and while he’s concentrating on killing them, he’s not killing more children.” — Larry Correia.

724.4:

1. A person who goes armed with, carries, or transports a firearm of any kind, whether concealed or not, on the grounds of a school commits a class “D” felony. For the purposes of this section, “school” means a public or nonpublic school as defined in section 280.2.

2. Subsection 1 does not apply to the following:

b. A person who has been specifically authorized by the school to go armed, carry, or transport a firearm on the school grounds, including for purposes of conducting an instructional program regarding firearms.

 

— Jim Morrow, Fairfield

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