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A rural school in Ohio decides to arm its janitors with handguns

Toledo : OH : USA | Jan 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM PST
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Taking a cue from the NRA to position armed guards in educational institutions, a rural school in Ohio has decided to arm its janitors with handguns to ensure that an incident like the one at Sandy Hook Primary School in Connecticut is not repeated.

This has been reported in news.sky.com of dated 12th of January 2013.

The janitors would be required to buy their own guns but teachers and those of the staff who come in direct contact with students would be unarmed – apparently, the decision had been taken without taking parents into confidence.

Incidentally, the president of the school board has informed that the option of proposal to arm employees had begun 6-months ago – probably, the intention of this statement is to prove that the decision was not a fallout of the Sandy Hook incident.

However, armed security guards in the school may not be the ideal or only solution because, in a recent case in the Taft Union High School, California, the gunman shot a fellow student – the school does have an armed security guard but he was on leave on that day!

Would security guards in schools solve all problems - While everyone is linking gun control measures with death of children in schools, and want to prevent recurrence of such incidents in educational institutions, there have been other instances in the US of gun violence by deranged individuals.

Like the shooting in a Sikh temple (Gurdwara) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in which 6 persons were killed – it had been categorized as a hate killing.

The lone gunman had been shot dead by police in the encounter.

And then the shooting in the movie hall at the midnight premier of the Batman movie – ''The Dark Knight Rises'.

The killer took 12 lives and left behind dozens injured when he opened indiscriminate firing in the Colorado movie hall in Aurora.

The killer does not appear to be repentant.

Conclusion – Obviously, trying to enforce a system of having armed security guards in schools would not take care of shootings in places of worship or in movie theaters.

In that case, there must be armed guards positioned in practically every conceivable place frequented by the public – like malls, and supermarkets apart from temples and movie halls.

What is really the need of the day is to control the selling of guns – it should not be like walking into a shop and buying a gun as if it were a bar of chocolate or a delicious piece of cake.

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