Armed guard stops school shooter, saves students’ lives at Colorado high school

The Christian Science Monitor reports:

As they investigate the latest school shooting in the United States – Friday at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. – one thing is clear to law enforcement officials there: The presence of an armed deputy sheriff on regular duty at the school was the key factor in preventing more deaths and injuries.

As soon as he heard the first of five gunshots, that officer and the two school administrators he was talking to raced toward the commotion shouting their presence and ordering students and staff to follow the school’s lock-down protocol.

As a result, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said at a briefing Saturday afternoon, the heavily-armed shooter realized he was about to be confronted by an armed officer, and he took his own life.

“We believe that that action was absolutely critical to the fact that we didn’t have more deaths and injuries,” Sheriff Robinson said. The whole episode – from the time the shooter entered the school until he shot himself – lasted just one minute and 20 seconds.

This doesn’t mean that armed guards can stop every school shooting.

And it doesn’t mean that armed guards are the best solution to school shootings.

But it does prove that armed guards are capable of stopping school shootings.

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December 16, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Education, Guns, Politics, Violent crime.

One Comment

  1. HMichaelH replied:

    It would be impossible for me to agree more with the policy of having armed teachers and/or armed guards in and around schools. I am reminded of the picture of the young school teacher in Israel herding her young students back into the class room, while she has a Kalashnikov AK-47 slung over her shoulder. It’s clear she is both ready and willing to defend her little people to the death, and she is trained to do so. And she lives in a far more dangerous place than Colorado.

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