In the wake of any sort of public shooting, the question is always asked: “What can we possibly do to prevent this from happening in the future”.
When that question is asked the most popular answers are sadly always filled with misinformed gun control rhetoric. Many people suggest that if the government were to force ALL citizens to turn in their guns, or turn in their powerful guns, that this will somehow take away the criminals ability to inflict harm on people.
This very naive assumption is based on the idea that a government actually has the ability to successfully prohibit items, which when looking at the drug war, they obviously are not able to prevent people from possessing, selling or manufacturing any item, they are only able to impose stricter sentences on someone, should they be caught violating said prohibition.
This is not only false hope, but a false solution as well, allowing people to believe that the problem has been solved, when in fact nothing has been solved, politicians have merely scrawled more words onto paper and made more threats. In reality they have done nothing to solve the problem.
If someone were to truly want to solve the problem of school shootings, they would allow various, random staff members to carry guns, and post signs allowing intruders, and potentially violent students to know that they will not get very far if they plan on carrying out an attack.
Allowing random staff members at choice to carry weapons, instead of mandating all teachers to do so or mandating them not to, would bring an extra element of security to the equation, because no one would know which teachers were armed and which ones were not, forcing them to assume that all of them are.
For an attacker, knowing that they are walking into a firing squad can be a very strong deterrent. On the other hand, under our current “no gun school zone” policies, attackers are given the message that the whole building will be defenseless.