Less-than-lethals at school


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DRMMR02
October 11, 2006, 05:03 AM
Serious question. Why not have less-than-lethal weapons at a teachers disposal. I know the best solution to a shooter in a school would be 2 to the body, 1 to the head. But that doesn't look very likely given the political grip the Leftists have on schools and such. So why not a middle ground? Tasers, beanbag shotguns, Pepper-Balls, even Dazzler lasers could be used with at least some effectiveness. It's better than cowering on the ground for 45 minutes while SWAT prepares. The touchy-feely "less-than-lethal" image might even appeal to the Leftists. A dead bad guy is best, but a bad guy on his knees screaming as his eyes burn is better than nothing.

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hso
October 11, 2006, 09:07 AM
Good idea except for the problem that all less-lethal weapons need to be backed up with lethal weapons.

Also, there's the same questions with arming teachers with less-lethal weapons as with guns (remember less-lethal isn't non-lethal). When do you train them? Who pays for the training? Who pays for the equipment? Who pays for the libility insurance? Who thinks a teacher making $20,000 a year is willing to be required to become a security guard as well? What do you do when a teacher refuses to carry/use a weapon? What's the basis for doing all this considering that we've had a very small number of real incidents and deaths when you compare it to the whole population of students/schools in the country. Teachers are not security guards and have a difficult enough job without having this additional responsibility put upon them.

If there's a real problem then put professional security in place and pay for professionl quality protection.

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