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

by: Katherine Haenschen

Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 04:17 PM CST

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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We already have armed police officers in our schools (0.00 / 0)
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?

As long as corporations are people and money is speech, then democracy is a farce.

Schools and Police (0.00 / 0)
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.  

Our Children are Soldiers for Democracy (0.00 / 0)

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.

the Governor agrees (0.00 / 0)
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?  

Mark Bauer  mbauer@coltsoft.com

It's frightening to see the reactions of Texas officials to Newtown (4.00 / 2)
Everybody knows that crazy people with guns are dangerous. What people forget is that the biggest danger isn't crazy people getting guns. It's people with guns going crazy. The only way to reduce that risk is to have fewer people with guns in the first place.  

This is partly a matter of legislation. There's no reason for anybody to have armor-piercing bullets or high-capacity magazines. Those can and should be outlawed. But the most important thing we can do is to address the gun culture in this country, and especially in Texas.

Yes, there are legitimate uses for guns. Yes, there is a constitutional right to bear arms. But that doesn't make gun ownership a good idea. If you don't need a gun (and most of us don't), don't buy one. Stop acting like it's normal to own weapons of widespread (if not mass) destruction. Stop the push for concealed carry in schools.

Over the last generation, we have cut the number of drunk driving deaths in half, mostly by making it socially unacceptable to drive drunk. We need to make it just as unacceptable to own a gun that you don't know how to use, to own a gun that's way more powerful than you'll ever need, or to own a gun from a vague sense of "you never know when you might need it".

If you hunt, it's OK to own a hunting rifle (not an AR-15). If you target shoot, it's OK to own a target pistol. If you run a convenience store in a tough part of town, it's OK to own a handgun. But the rest of us need to leave the policing to the police.

Sadly, people like Jerry Patterson and Louie Gohmert are pushing us in the direction of more and more violent death.  

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