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Far-left twists facts regarding weapons of school guards

Updated: February 4, 2013 2:38PM



Far-left twists facts regarding weapons of school guards

Our far-left liberal friends are, as always, trying to mislead the public in order to make their point the right point.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said (about the Columbine killings), “There were two armed law enforcement officers at that campus, and you see what happened. Fifteen dead ... 23 wounded.” Deputy Neil Gardner was a 15-year veteran of the Jefferson County, Colo., Sheriff’s Office assigned as the uniformed officer at Columbine. The second officer was Deputy Paul Smoker, a motorcycle patrolman who was near the school writing a speeding ticket.

Both were armed with their service revolver. Three of the weapons used were classified as assault weapons with ammunition loaded into high-capacity magazines, the largest of which could hold 52 rounds — firearms that were illegally obtained by the shooters, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris. And the automatic weapons ban was in effect.

So, two pistols against semi-automatic banned weapons does not seem like a fair fight to me. The federal assault weapons ban did not stop Klebold and Harris from getting them. Would the results at Columbine have been the same if the police officers had comparable weapons?

But far-left liberals on cable TV twist facts. And they shot themselves in the foot with their comment.

Manfred Czymmek

Elgin

For school security, how about an R2D2 with an attitude?

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre states, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

LaPierre lacks imagination. How about a remote-controlled robot drone? It could be controlled by a virtual reality headset used by some staff member of the school that has had special training. Maybe the size of a waste basket and powered by lithium ion batteries, it could skitter down a hallway faster than a person could run. Lightweight armor made of ballistic-grade polycarbonate and Kevlar would shield it from anything but highly specialized bullets. Redundant components and distributed architecture would help ensure that if a bullet did get through, it would still be very hard to stop. Finally, it would have a complement of a half-dozen Taser darts fired by CO2 cartridges.

It would sort of be like R2D2 with an attitude.

The price tag? Maybe $50,000 plus the training for staff. But armed security could easily be paid over $50,000 per year plus benefits, insurance, etc. Plus, if they make thousands of these things in China, development and tooling costs are quickly amortized. Before long, they’ll be $3,999.95 with mail-in rebate.

Charles Ware

Batavia



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