At a time when the media claim that recent events at a Georgia school prove that guns aren’t the answer, folks at another Georgia school are taking a more pragmatic approach and calling for beefed-up armed security at theirs.
The public was amazed this week when DeKalb school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff disarmed Michael Brandon Hill, a would-be mass-murderer, of his AK-47 and 500 rounds of ammunition. School officials in Marietta, a mere 29 miles away on I-285, are nonetheless leaving nothing to chance. In response to the DeKalb incident and another Atlanta-area school scare, local police are taking action, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.
The Journal reported:
Officer David Baldwin with Marietta Police said because of those arrests, the department’s officers are now heavily patrolling the areas around Marietta’s eight elementary and two middle schools and one high school at the start of the school day and during afternoon dismissals.
“We are taking every precaution we can and have been working hand in hand with the schools, talking to their upper management about both of those incidents,” Baldwin said.
“Our biggest concern is the students and faculty members but to also ease the concerns of the parents, so that they know we are proactive,” he added.
One might say that Marietta is taking the National Rifle Association’s approach to school violence. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre said on the subject.
But wait! What about the DeKalb incident? Doesn’t that prove guns aren’t needed to thwart violence?
Although that’s the lesson the liberal media would have you believe, Marietta police and school officials recognize that incident for what it was — Tuff’s remarkable compassion, courage and poise, pitted against Hill’s vulnerability. And that’s not something one can depend on.
And the brutal murder by beating of an 88-year-old WWII vet Wednesday evening in Spokane, Wash. is proof positive that guns aren’t the problem — people are.