Ω A Proposed Resolution for Connecticut in the Wake of the Newtown Shooting Tragedy

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Whereas “We [will] take real steps to make our kids and our communities safer”;1 and

Whereas media and the entertainment industries play a central role in glorifying the violence in our society, in popularizing the violence being exhibited in our schools, and in making combatting this problem nearly impossible anywhere other than the front lines; and

Whereas student populations in schools cannot possibly be protected by signs declaring schools to be “gun free zones”; and

Whereas gun controls have been shown to be largely, if not completely, ineffective in stemming the tide of gun-related deaths;2 and

Whereas the most effective means of protecting our school children is likely to be armed personnel stationed in the schools; and

Whereas the Connecticut state budget is already stretched to the limits and cannot withstand the costs of armed guards in all schools;3 and

Whereas the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire have found that state troopers are a costly requirement at road construction sites;4 and

Whereas the guarding function at a road construction site does not require the deterrence of an armed person:

Now, therefore, be it therefore resolved that armed Connecticut State Troopers shall be moved to schools as part of their regular duties in an undercover capacity where they will provide a deterrent to would-be assassins.

Be it further resolved that the troopers shall rotate among the schools in a secret and random fashion unknown to all but the principal; and

Be it further resolved that the troopers shall visit classrooms and demonstrate upright moral behavior and be good role models for our children such that would-be assassins will never know when a well-trained, armed individual with legal and moral authority to eliminate threats to our children may be present within a school with the sole purpose of doing bodily harm to said threat.

Sounds about right to me.


1 Gov. Dannel Malloy as quoted by the Newtown Patch

2Cato institute

3Common knowledge

4A Better Framingham

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