Hypothesis: If 98.4 percent of mass shootings have been in gun free zones (Crime Prevention Research Center Reports), and more guns result in less crime John R. Lott, Jr’s book, (More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition Studies in Law and Economics); Then the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) is an act of the U.S. Congress prohibiting any unauthorized individual from knowingly possessing a loaded or unsecured firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(25) is the root cause of this avoidable tragic trend in mass shootings.
Who to blame for Florida:
First and foremost – the school district and department of education. The first responsibility of schools and government are the protection of public life, safety, health, and facilities. The prohibiting any unauthorized individuals clause allows schools to self-harden. Why do schools avoid hardening schools from intruders and violence? One cause is political perspective; “But, can we please admit that many four year colleges do in fact attempt to indoctrinate students? And that a lot of Americans, including President Obama, regard that as a good thing?” Atlantic Monthly.
In fact, under the Obama Administration, “Keeping students from entering the juvenile justice system is an important step in curbing the flow of the school-to-prison pipeline and making sure they can get their lives back on track. Diversion programs help keep youth out of the system, and these programs work best when youth are diverted before they’re even arrested.” (Juvenile Law Center)
The intended consequence is student criminal behaviors are not reported and are sealed, therefore an 18 year old can purchase a weapon or get a job with a past that would prohibit both. By hiding the Florida perpetrator’s actions, behaviors, and other provisions found on the ATF firearms application form.
School funding is another issue. Literacy has continually declined since the 1950’s to a place today where political philosophy by Florida students on television are little more than bumper sticker slogans and political propaganda. Critical and independent thinking are no longer part of the strategy in education. Funding should target and link to outcomes required for students to pursue a career, work opportunities or higher education. The primary facility goal, like other public buildings and airports should be access safety.
Second. Under the Obama administration, Federal Agencies were placed under more centralized control to control information (IRS, FBI, DOJ, etc.) for political purposes, as is revealed by recent hearings and investigations. FBI field offices are no longer autonomous and in close communication with the public and low level agencies. The FBI investigation failures, as the failures of the Sheriff’s Department, police, ATF, DOJ are of every growing concern. There is growing evidence the Sheriff is colluding to withhold evidence at the scene and training records to show his complicity.
Third. The perpetrator is the ultimate cause where responsibility rests, though he has a basis for more excuses than the Sheriff.
The teacher is the last level of defense in classroom safety. Smart pistols, conceal carry, and enhanced training might be an option. As a former law enforcement officer, military, and special education teacher, some educators might be interested in participating in a protection plan. At the very least, more educators with military, security, business, and other real world experience should be considered. Teachers who go straight from high school to college to the classroom are failing to manage and promote students with the literacy, math, and skills needed to succeed in a post education world. School Marshals, police substations at high schools, enhanced access, and closed campus’ are additional considerations.
The bottom line? Government at all levels have created this issue and cannot fix it without rational citizen input.