We now live in a nation with nearly wide-open borders, and our President is threatening to bypass the Constitution and open them even wider. Simultaneously, terrorist movements are increasing their recruiting, size and murderous intent and capabilities and are threatening attacks against America. If that wasn’t bad enough, hundreds of American raised terrorists with American passports are fighting with ISIS and similar social welfare organizations overseas, gaining the experience and knowledge they need to return home and wreak havoc–but that’s an article for another day. Mostly.

Terrorists know that flying airliners into major buildings is now more difficult, but they can achieve similar results with multiple attacks against soft targets, and few are softer than American schools. School attacks are an old page in the terrorist playbook. I suspect it’s only a matter of time.

Of course, we always have domestic killers ready and able to attack schools. Fortunately, active shooters are relatively rare, at least statistically speaking. Unfortunately, there is nothing keeping disaffected lunatics, juvenile and adult, or terrorists, from attacking any school. Someone is always on the wrong side of the odds.

This has birthed an industry selling school safety, not actual safety, but the illusion of safety, perhaps only the feeling of safety, the same kind of safety provided by a gun free school zone sign or merely good intentions. In January of this year, Bearing Arms editor Bob Owens was kind enough to publish my article titled “Bullet Proof Whiteboards: An Education Parody.”  That article examined the folly of bullet resistant whiteboards sold as a school safety solution. That device is not, of course, the only attempt to make money in the aftermath of the murders of children.

But perhaps I’m being too harsh. One can’t blame people for trying to make an honest dollar. But when the goal is protecting the lives of school children and teachers, caveat emptor–let the buyer beware–applies.

When an active shooter (or shooters) is about to attack, or is attacking a school, only one thing matters: what is that school prepared to do, then and there, to save lives? Unless the answer is arming willing and capable teachers with concealed handguns, they are unconsciously–perhaps consciously–accepting some number of wounded and dead children, a number to be determined by an armed madman.

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