Schools present a vulnerable target to armed violence, making up nearly a quarter of active shooter incidents. While local law enforcement is uniquely organized and capable of providing the necessary resources to deter violent attacks in schools and respond to violence when it occurs, arguments for faculty arming have validity when compared to alternatives. AMU graduate student Ron Dahart writes about the importance of having a layered security approach to preparedness and response to armed attackers on school grounds. If arming faculty is deemed necessary, here are the guidelines and best practices that schools must incorporate into their policy.
After the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, a very intelligent friend of mine posted a question on social media that got me thinking. He asked: “When are Americans going to do something about their angry 20-year-old white men with guns?” While such tragedies continue to incite the debate about gun control, it is important to remember that a gun is just a tool and such horrific incidents are perpetrated by people of all races. But there are common threads in many of these mass shootings, namely religion and mental illness. So how can average citizens help prevent such incidents? Start in your own community. Here's how.
This week, two innocent victims were shot dead while performing a seemingly non-dangerous profession. A third victim was also injured. This time the victims were news reporters; reporting from a small city in the middle of Virginia. Has this senseless violence become the new reality in America?