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The firearm is the most versatile self-defense tool that Man has ever developed. It allows the physically weak to equal and potentially best the strong. A 98 pound grandmother can drop a 250 pound thug with one squeeze of the trigger. There’s a make and model that will suit any user or application. But, there are times when you are unable, or not allowed, to have access to a firearm when you really, REALLY need one.

As I write this, the L.A. County Sheriff’s office is conducting an active shooter drill at El Monte High School. A school is an example of a “non-permissive” environment. While it’s physically possible to carry and use a firearm there, it’s not legal to do so. (And the State is trying to make it impossible for even local school officials to allow guns on a campus!) So if the exercise at El Monte High wasn’t a drill, and you were there, what options would you have?

What got me thinking about this was a trip to Disneyland. Disney has really stepped up their game when it comes to security. They used to concentrate on purses and backpacks that guests were carrying into the park. This meant searching mostly women (Who generally aren’t a threat) and ignoring men (…and most violent perps are men!). I don’t know how many times I walked into the park with my knife and they didn’t notice because they were too busy looking in my wife’s purse. That’s no longer the case. Everyone gets looked at now! So now that the knife stays in the car, I started thinking about “what if” scenarios. (Yes, that’s the sort of thing I do while waiting in line at The Happiest Place On Earth. Doesn’t everyone?) I began to notice that there are potential weapons everywhere. These aren’t stand-off weapons like a gun, but neither is a knife.

A school or an office is no different. There are potential weapons all around you. You just have to start seeing things for what they can be made into rather than what they are now. A chair is a place to plant your butt; until you throw it at someone’s head.

Students (or office workers) are taught to lock doors and keep quiet during an active shooter attack. This is a good start. In a classroom, there are lots of heavy objects like tables and file cabinets. Use these to barricade the door. The chairs in the room make nice projectile weapons or clubs, should someone force the door open. (It’s not easy to aim a gun when there’s a chair flying at your face!) Pens and pencils make adequate stabbing instruments; especially when directed at an attacker’s eyes. Look around and think about how this or that can be used to inflict life threatening injuries. Work in teams. While one group of students is throwing things, others should be moving flank the attacker.

Sounds dangerous? It is. But at this point, what have you got to lose?! At the very least, you turn yourself into a moving target. Passivity won’t save your life. You may become someone else’s “meat shield”, but that’s about all sitting and cowering will do.

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Here’s some food for thought: In a school shooting situation, your child’s teacher is the last line of defense between your child and a lunatic. She’s defending your child. Which tool would you rather see her using: a Glock G22 or a dry erase marker?

Now the scary thing is that there are people in government who will answer “the dry erase marker”. Of course, it’s not their kid the teacher is trying to protect; only yours.

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No, that’s not really what Maryland State Sen. J. B. Jennings called his bill, but I like The Daily Caller‘s idea.

In response to an idiotic school administrator’s panty-wetting reaction to a 2nd-grader’s Pop Tart pistol, Jennings has introduced “The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013″.  SB1058 would:

[P]rohibit a principal from suspending or expelling a student who brings to school or possesses on school property a picture of a gun, a computer image of a gun, a facsimile of a gun, or any other object that resembles a gun but serves another purpose; prohibiting a principal from  suspending or expelling a student who makes a hand shape or gesture resembling a gun; authorizing a principal to suspend or expel a student who performs a certain action as a direct act of violence against another student on school property; establishing the maximum discipline for a student in kindergarten through grade eight who performs a certain action; establishing the maximum discipline for a student in grades nine through twelve who performs a certain action; prohibiting a certain action from being recorded in a certain school record under certain circumstances; authorizing a parent or guardian of a certain student to appeal a certain suspension; establishing certain grounds for discipline of a principal, a vice principal, a teacher, or any other employee who violates a certain provision of law; defining certain terms; and generally relating to the discipline of a student who brings certain objects or images of guns to school or makes a hand shape or gesture resembling a gun.

The bill also mandates counseling for any school employee who violates the provisions of the act. A 2nd violation in a school year will earn the employee a 1 month suspension. A 3rd violation will result in the termination of the offending employee.

You can’t fix stupid, but you can impose criminal penalties for it!

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