The Dec. 22 article in The State, “S.C. reaction to NRA proposal,” quoted David Blackmon, chairman-elect of the S.C. Board of Education, as saying “putting police officers or armed security personnel in schools is one step” toward addressing gun violence in schools.
He neglects to add that while this might provide a sense of security, the presence of armed officers does not prevent individuals with semi-automatic weapons from killing dozens of individuals. He neglects to say that the two armed officers at Columbine High School did not prevent the deaths of students there in 1999.
The 2009 shootings at Fort Hood that killed 13 people took place in the presence of armed guards, military base police and trained servicemen.
It is naive to think that more guns in the hands of “good people” will prevent devastating acts of violence.