LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country whose educational system is under attack, literally! Our children are among the most vulnerable members of our society and our efforts at protecting our most valuable assets as a society have failed miserably. What kind of culture spends the bulk of its income on military expansion while ignoring the safety of its children? What on earth is the purpose of “military expansion” if it does absolutely nothing to ensure that our children can go to school without fearing for their lives? How many “Sandy Hooks” does it take to make us realize that our schools simply are not a safe place? The most disturbing aspect about our failure to properly protect our children is the fact that this is not a modern phenomenon. Our nation has a 200-year history of school attacks and child murders. The worst occurred in Bath, Michigan in 1927 when 45 were killed and 58 severely injured. It has been 17 years since the Columbine massacre in Colorado that left 15 dead and 24 injured. It has been 9 years since the Virginia Tech assault that left 33 dead and 23 injured.All this and nothing substantial has been done to prevent such incidents from happening yet again. Trained and armed military personnel, metal detectors and bomb sniffing dogs should be stationed at every entrance to every school in our country. Extensive vetting and psychological evaluation of all school staff and students should immediately be mandatory. We cannot afford to continue the way we have. It does not work! Forget about offending delicate sensibilities and do whatever it takes to make our children safe.
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