COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - I’m Pat Tolton, a veteran Marine Officer from Lexington.
A recent “My Take” about Governor McMaster’s plan to put a School Resource Officer in every school, is an excellent example of insanity, as defined by doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result.
The value of a School Resource Officer was made clear when, according to CNN, the SRO at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, stood outside as the gunman killed teachers and students inside.
According to The Public School Review, there are 1,262 schools in South Carolina. According to a site dedicated to helping people find a career, an average police officer in the US makes $55,170 annually, and the average police cruiser costs $25,000, according to GM.
By my calculations, it would cost at least 101 million dollars a year, not including benefits, to put an SRO in every school. In my opinion, the most effective way to protect our children, and at minimal expense, would be to allow those teachers and staff who are willing, to be armed.
Overnight, the cowards who commit these horrendous mass shootings would not know who is armed, and who is not; but they DO know that teachers protect their kids, and these incidents would cease. According to The Crime Prevention Research Center, 97.8% of mass public shootings occur in places known as “Gun-Free Zones.”
The Washington Examiner reports that 18 states allow concealed carry in K – 12 schools. South Carolina does not.
Campus Safety Magazine said 12 states allow concealed carry on university campuses. South Carolina does not.
I could not find a single case of a mass school shooting taking place where concealed carry is allowed.
Let’s try something that works for a change. That’s My Take.