In the 9 days since installing armed guards in Grosse Pointe schools was officially proposed, the opposition has been swift, intense, and ineffectively fragmented.
A few comments on a facebook page here, some tweets there. A comment or two after a news article. The reckless idea of allowing guns into our schools needs to be taken more seriously. Blog posts and social media push back are not enough. This is a very real proposal being pushed by a former school board candidate at a time when people are scared and looking for solutions.
But we deserve solutions that work. It has been proven that armed guards will not solve the problem.
The Federal Government is currently making available $150 million in grant money to help districts secure their buildings with doors, locks, and windows that can keep out potential shooters, as well as expand counseling programs and help schools across the country create a safer and more nurturing school environment. This is a practical and realistic way of approaching the problem, and it is what we need to be doing here in Grosse Pointe.
If we do not organize our support for these sensible solutions, however, the fear that drives support for proposals that make some people feel better but actually do nothing to solve the problem may also drive the school board here in Grosse Pointe to enact these policies.
For that reason, I am encouraging people to support Gun-Free Grosse Pointe Schools by clicking here and signing up for this email list. Share the link on facebook, tweet it, and email it to anyone you know here in Grosse Pointe who supports realistic solutions and rejects the idea that throwing more guns at the problem will do anything.
Recently in Lapeer, an armed security guard hired in the wake of Sandy Hook left his gun unattended in a public restroom. Because of an armed guard, every child and educator in that building was put at risk. They were no safer because of him.
We need to unite against this destructive idea. Sign up now and share this list.