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  •  Different guns are designed for different purposes (6+ / 0-)

    As we have seen, killers can and do come armed with weapons that you aren't going to be carrying, and body armor to boot.

    You are, as the policeman at Columbine was, essentially unarmed if the killer has an AR-15 and you have a pistol. Your "tool of self defense" may as well be a paperweight.

    So, either everyone carries heavy weapons, or no one has access to them. And since option one is silly, option two is your only option.

    If your .45 or .357 makes you feel safe, that's because you've seen too much theater of the Dirty Harry variety. We have yet to have a heavily armed killer stopped with a handgun, despite numerous chances.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 10:11:17 AM PST

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    •  What you say is plausible if the shooter keeps (0+ / 0-)

      advancing on open ground.

      What you have failed to factor in are the capabilities of well-trained security in a building who is willing to use deadly force against and aggressive, but untrained, civilian.

      •  A teacher with a CCL is hardly well-trained (1+ / 0-)
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        security.

        And most places of this sort receive all sorts of visitors. Pose as a parent thinking about enrolling his child, tour the school, make mental notes as to where the security guard is, when you return to commit murder get the guard as the first order of business.

        Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

        by blue aardvark on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 01:29:36 PM PST

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      •  And the budget for this is going to come from (0+ / 0-)

        where again?

        Many schools are over crowded, understaffed, and have supply issues due to budget shortfalls. I am sure we could sacrifice still more quality learning, for increased security.

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