Something that has been missed is there are alternatives to guns at schools that we havent even tried.
Tasers and bean bag weapons come right to mind. It would require training and possibly lock zones where such things would be kept accessible to multiple personnel in the event of something like this but it is an option. Both have range options that make them limited in dealing with someone, which Ill admit freely off the bat.
Tranq guns might also be a possibility.
Other control options are shock grenades, tear gas and pepper spray---the problems with all these is that they will hit or harm potential victims. They dont seem particularly feasible.
Anyhow, just thought Id throw my two cents in about alternatives to armed teachers if lethal force seems to be the main problem. We have options but they are not perfect.
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BTW the teacher in the pic is carrying an assault rifle. But if she were carrying a pistol, she could still effectively defend those children. Just need to compose yourself and aim.
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I see problems with arming teachers in general, but not with a very limited select number including officer personnel.
Even cops literally sometimes leave their side arm laying somewhere. Many teachers could be easily overwhelmed on a surprise, that teacher then being the source of the firearm including for some drug wacked out kid or parent.
There are enough people with former military and/or police experience at most schools, that such a background combined with specific training makes "armed security" within the school staff a viable alternative. But there are many questions too, such as what type of firearm so the children aren't also hit. A 45 with a laser sight? 9mm with 15 round mag? Shotgun?
A bring-what-you-got and just having a conceal carry permit is NOT enough. These would have to be specifically qualified and particularly specifically trained staff members with specifically issued firearms. I'd suggest 1911 45acps with laser sights (since most people under stress are terrible handgun shooters, even most cops - but a laser sight addresses that). A big, knockdown bullet BUT with little wall penetrating ability.
For larger schools, why not make the Asst Principle a law enforcement qualified position? Literally have a dual role uniformed officer - who then also address behavior issues in general? Large schools need that anyway.
Thus, to find the right personnel? The first question would be "any former Marines, former Army Rangers, or former law enforcement officers on staff?"
There is no significant difference between rates of fire for most pistols (very large calibers can slow you down some) vs semi-automatic "assault rifles". With semi-automatic pistols, there is often not even a large difference in capacity. The semi-automatic "assault" rifle will normally have better accuracy, if properly used, and greater range. Once you enter a building, range usually becomes a non factor and at those short ranges, the rifle doesn't offer a significant difference in achievable accuracy. In a close environment, like a room, a pistol can actually be the better and more effective choice, depending of course on caliber of the pistol.
That is why I use my pistol (Dessert Eagle, .44 Mag, three 8 round magazines, 240 grain Hollow-points (I know, too large, but it is the only handgun that naturally fits my hand)) for home defense inside my house, not my M-4 "Assault" rifle (my small/medium sized game hunting rifle and close range deer rifle).
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A rifle has a much better sight plane and accuracy goes up considerably even in close quarters, a plus if children are in the mix. SWAT teams don't enter a building with pistols. few homes have halls as long as a school's or rooms as big as classrooms, and a headshot on a hostage taker is better done with a rifle than pistol, especially your 44 mag. Big difference between your house and a school, (I am with you on home defense pistols), if pistols were better in schools SWAT would go in with them.
Next the proper term for the M-4 is M4, no dash and even more accurately you have an M4orgery, as the M4 is capable of select fire. (I should call my AK an AKish )
Last most savvy 'gun' owners know there are a literal turd ton of aftermarket sleeves that can upscale the grip area of damn near any pistol made. No need to use one of the least handy pistols in home defense unless the larger caliber makes you feel better. (I am willing to bet you have not fired that handcannon in a dark room before- blinding comes to my mind.)