Jerry Patterson Says Armed Guards At Schools Are Appropriate Response to Sandy Hook Tragedy

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Lord have mercy. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson thinks we can prevent tragedies like today's school shooting in Connecticut if we place armed guards in schools:

“The common denominator for the school shootings in Aurora, Columbine and Virginia Tech is that we have a target-rich environment,” said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. “You have a shooter that is completely free to go about his sick fantasy. We need to do what it takes to change that.”

One game changer, Patterson said, would be to arm more police officers, security guards and responsible citizens on campuses to confront a mass shooter.

“Had there been (armed security guard and citizens) in Colorado, at Virginia Tech or now in Connecticut – someone that could have changed the dynamic and to do so by having a firearm – there would be fewer lives lost.”

As a state senator from 1993-99, Patterson discussed the idea of armed schools, but to date, the idea has not gained statewide traction.

Conversely we could pursue policies to prevent people from going on shooting rampages in the first place, from pragmatic gun control laws to expanded access to mental health services.

Patterson seemingly pays no mind to the Virginia Tech Review Panel Report that recommended more gun control measures including background checks, and supported banning guns on campus.

In related and horrific news, a man in China brought a knife into a school and stabbed 22 children today. Because he used a knife and not a gun, all 22 children are expected to survive.

Something to think about as our so-called leaders call for more guns in schools.  


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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.


  1. We already have armed police officers in our schools
    SCUC ISD has armed police officers at all of our Junior High and High Schools. I still haven't figured out why. When I went to school if there was a policeman on campus he was there to recruit or talk about “Just say no to drugs”. What's with the wild west antics in this state?

  2. Schools and Police
    A few years back I was living in Dallas County and worked as a substitute teacher in the Garland and Mesquite ISDs.  Garland ISD had a local city police officer in each of the high schools and middle schools.

    They were volunteers and were approved by the school principal and police dept. In elementary schools, there was a police officer for a group of schools.

    I observed the interactions of the students and police and, for obvious reasons, determined that the situation was beneficial for the students and the police departments.  

    I believe that other school systems should have a similar system.  Safety would be a byproduct with other benefits.  

  3. Our Children are Soldiers for Democracy

    All children should receive military training from Kindergarten on with racks of former military weapons available in each classroom for when the shit hits the fan.

    That would make our children less effeminate and gay while also toughening them up in preparation for the Real World.

    They should also be taught to hate Taxes and the Government.

  4. the Governor agrees
    Governor Rick Perry was in North Richland Hills this Monday at a Tea Party fundraiser and he also concurred with Patterson apparently. The question I have is: who pays for the teacher's handgun, license, and training?  

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