A Florida school has hired two combat vets to protect students and staff from active shooters.
According to Principal Bill Jones, any armed intruder entering the Manatee School for the Arts campus posing a threat to students would be "shot and killed."
Jones says: “If someone walks in shooting, somebody walks in with a weapon threatening kids, we're not, we’re not going to fool around. We're not going to pause, we’re not going to ask them questions. We're going to shoot them…. Eliminate the threat. You know, if they die in the process that's unfortunate, but better them than one of our students, quite frankly.”
We’re not going to talk with them, we're not going to negotiate. We are going to put them down, as quickly as possible. Well, that is a plan. Compare that to the wishy-wash of the Broward sheriff, who was so anxious to blame the NRA that he forgot to look in the mirror at himself.
Manatee is a charter school operating under its own authority – so school officials can decide who to hire. They went with armed combat vets. One guard is a 15-year Army vet who served three tours. So the school's protected by the best defenders on Earth, and those vets have jobs that contribute to the safety of society.
After Parkland, all Florida schools were mandated to have armed security. It’s a year to the day since that massacre.
Here’s a fact: the duration of a mass shooting is shortened by the arrival of a second gun.
Manatee shrunk that duration to zero. The school has 2,100 students. I'm sure some parents there are spooked by having armed guards with rifles. But others might be resting easier.
And it’s often hard to ponder solutions with a media placing the issue within a prison of two ideas. If you aren't for gun control, you want kids to die. This, as their wall-to- wall coverage creates a spectacle for copycats who want to leave a mark on the world.
It is sobering, that, in this peaceful age, we need soldiers at school. But if it works then, I say give it a try.
Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on Feb. 14, 2019.