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  •  Well, why wear a safety belt when driving? (1+ / 0-)
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    not this time

    Chances are, you won't get in a crash.

    Until you rid society of guns, secure schools are a reasonable precaution in a situation where kids are concentrated and make easy targets.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 04:54:06 AM PST

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    •  Seatbelts don't affect you quality of life. (0+ / 0-)

      But schools depend on community involvement to succeed. At my child's school, parents walk their kid to class and hang out together afterward. We have volunteers who run the library, and assist with language, music, and handwork classes. Others go with the classes on walk days. The Parent Circle arranges parent education events and school festivals. Volunteers sell script card and T-shirts so that we can afford specialty teachers. Parents are coming on and off campus constantly. Our school literally could not run without them.

      We are careful. Every adult who volunteers has been fingerprinted and had a background check. But more importantly, we KNOW each other. A lost stranger will be stopped and helped to the office immediately. A child walking to the bathroom will be acknowledged by several adults on the way. We are a community.

      Now, that won't save us from an armed murderer. But the answer to that isn't to destroy the community, and eliminate the resources that the school needs to succeed. The answer isn't to ruin the feelings of safety and love that our children have. The answer to that, is to take away the weapons that a murderer would use.

      If these young men, the ones who turn into killers, had been raised by a community that knew them and loved them, maybe they wouldn't have become killers. Paranoia and isolation is part of the problem. A loving and open community, like our school, is a huge part of the answer.

      "The Democrats are the lesser evil and that has to count for something. Good and evil aren't binary states. All of us are both good and evil. Being less evil is the trajectory of morality." --SC

      by tb92 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 09:21:33 AM PST

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    •  No problems with guards in high crime area schools (0+ / 0-)

      Chance of dying in car crash is a lot higher than a kid being shot in school. The only exception to that might be in high crime areas. So in that case guards in schools make perfect sense.

      In the end it comes down to the cold hard laws of probability. There is just a certain level of threat that we live with in our lives. The price of removing all threats is simply to high in terms of real or opportunity costs.

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