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AOC Spreads Misinformation About Securing Schools

A Twitter post by a self-described “black activist” and “data scientist,” which was retweeted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, shows pretty clearly that leftists are much more interested in seizing lawful firearms than in making schools safer.

The tweet was sent out by Samuel Sinyangwe and links to a Washington Post article that purports to show that increased security measures in Florida schools in the wake of the 2018 Parkland shooting didn’t make students any safer.

“Legislators responded to the 2018 Parkland school shooting by hiring police officers in every elementary, middle and high school in Florida,” the tweet reads. “It didn’t make students safer.”

The post then lists a series of bullet points from The Washington Post article:

  • The percentage of youth arrests happening at school hit a five-year high of 20 percent.
  • The number of students expelled from school increased 43 percent.
  • For the first time ever, there are more police officers working in Florida schools—3,650—than there are school nurses, who number 2,286.
  • The number of police officers in schools is more than double the number of school social workers (1,414) and school psychologists (1,452).
  • Schools reported more than four times as many incidents of using physical restraints on students.

All of these statistics are listed as if they are a bad thing, rather than indicators that Florida’s school safety measures are actually working. Obviously, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seems to agree.

Fortunately, there were some Twitter users who were happy to point out the salient detail left unmentioned in the Washington Post article—none of those statistics record a single shooting happening at a Florida school. It’s a safe bet that the heightened police presence and the increased number of arrests for criminal behavior had at least something to do with that.

“Look at this lefty,” syndicated talk show host Joe Pags tweeted. “What I don’t see on this list is school shootings there. I wonder if it’s because of the increased police presence in schools. I’m guessing the people who work at the Washington Post enjoy feeling safe at work because of good guys with guns in the building.”

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But these arguments aren’t likely to sway left-wing activists anytime soon. It seems they would rather see schools less protected.

“Research shows that overwhelmingly, hardening schools does not make them any safer,” tweeted Mallory McMorrow, a Michigan state senator, “and instead leads to worse outcomes and worse mental health, and that legislators should work to soften schools instead so kids feel supported, not anxious and alienated.”

It’s difficult to imagine how the mental health effects of hardening a school can be any worse than seeing one’s classmates gunned down indiscriminately by an armed and unopposed intruder.

Original Article: https://www.bizpacreview.com/2022/06/01/aoc-gives-lift-to-tweet-critical-of-securing-schools-in-florida-but-data-cited-overlooks-huge-factor-1244992/

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    • Tanya, your comment is incorrect. Yes, there is a school police officer, but that individual has several schools that one officer protects. Uvalde school does not have an officer that only works at the one school. It’s quite possible that the school police officer spends the majority of there time at the high schools and middle schools, due to the fact there’s more problems at the teenager age students than at the elementary age. I hope my response helped educate you.

  1. Actually, increasing Officers is the last thing I’d do to Harden our schools. I went by my old High School the other day. Yes, they had installed electric locks, but the doors are the same doors that were there 40+ years ago. What’s needed, is two sets of controlled doors at major entrances, and only one set can open at a time. In between the doors, a security camera and scanner, so that whomever is looked at closely, before being allowed entrance. Every door and window in the school needs alarmed and connected to a panel that can be monitored. Cameras at those doors as well.
    If it’s too hot to keep the windows closed, then either shorten the school year or install A/C for crying out loud. It isn’t rocket science.

    The whole point of Hardening the schools is to make it harder for an Evildoer to gain access. SRO’s are only as good as the individual, and they can’t be everywhere.

    If the teacher/staff is willing, give them training and allow for concealed carry. One thing the Left won’t admit, but it’s rather obvious, that Gun Free Zones has not made any locale safer. It actually turns the locale into a Target Rich Environment.

    There are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of former Military, Law Enforcement and First Responders across the nation, who would gladly donate time to keep children safe. Give them a State or Federal Tax break for their service of 10 or 20 hours a week to patrol our schools. Give them any additional Active Shooter Training and let them Conceal Carry. As one of those First Responder Retirees, I’d have no issue protecting the kids at the school a block away from my home, even though they’re not mine, I’d still stand between them and harm.

    Those are some real Common Sense Answers to the problem. Congress will spend trillions of Taxpayer dollars on frivolous BS legislation, like Gender Studies in Fecking Pakistan, but very little, if any to really protect our schools.
    None of the proposed Gun Laws will stop the next shooting. You can’t legislate Evil away, you can only prepare for it.

    • Want to see what happened when a school had only 2 doors….even without trick failure prone electric locks? (I have repaired dozens of them)

      (Cut and paste this into your browser.)
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collinwood_school_fire

      More exits would have prevented the stampede that made the bodies pile up in the doorway and more, if not all of the kids would have gotten out.

      Cameras that tell who killed the kids are fine at a trial , but cops that shoot back (unlike in Texas) are much more effective. Just getting a shooter’s head down keep them from killing kids. Better yet REQUIRING every teacher and adult employee of the school to be trained and armed is the best determinant to keeping shooters out I can think of. Something about a 95% chance of getting shot in face a few seconds after being seen with a gun that tends to keep even the craziest body armored nut case honest.

      And I see nothing at all wrong with firearms safety and marksmanship training from first grade on . Don’t quote me on this but as far as I can see school shooters are people with no training or background with firearms and have no respect for same. They watch TV, Read SOF mag and go out an buy a rifle and kill a bunch of kids. Ingraining a deep respect for firearms would do a lot more to make the schools safer then making it impossible to LEGALLY buy an AR-15.

      AR15s will ALWAYS be available on the black market to anyone who has the price. How long has Crack and Heron been illegal? You can get those deadly dope compounds WAY easier then it is to legally buy an AR-15, or even a collector grade single shot .22 target pistol.

      Turning schools into bunkers is a passive defense,,,,,like the Maginot Line. Hanz Guderian showed that fix fortifications are useless. George Patton showed that ACTIVE offenses WORK, though,,,,,Like killing a school shooter where he stands. Dead would be murderers are the best thing ever for school safety.

      40 years ago it would have been out of the question and I would have been completely against it, but if you told me I would be paying 5 bucks a gallon for gas and 20 bucks for a hamburger, I would have told you, you were nuts, but This aint your Grandfather’s school.

  2. Stop the killing ! Easy
    1 protect with extreme prejudice !
    2 KILL THE THREAT ! 💯% every time !
    3 absolute death will deter the child killing cowards.
    4 call out feckless stupid Democrats/ Nov22 red wave
    Mass school shootings are a wedge issue for democrats and left wing media trash .

  3. Did these wizards ever think that because there are a lot more cops in the school, simply doing their jobs will result in an increases in arrests. Fights that went unreported are now getting on paper. Kids that were “getting away with it” and now getting pinched. Kids that were running wild disrupting things are now getting expelled where they are no longer a problem. and don’t get me wrong, I have no use for members of the commie teacher’s unions, but with police doing police work, teachers can concentrate on teaching.

    Still think teachers and every other adult employee of the schools should be required to be armed. Knowing if you get into a school carrying a rifle there is a 95% chance that within seconds you will get shot in the face is a deterrent to even the flakiest nut case. Add to that a bunch of cops and you got as safe a school as you will ever get.

  4. Another article stated that school shooting started occurring after 1990 with the CIA MKULTRA program. if that is true then than is when they (the commies we call Demoncraps) started to want the American people disarmed because they were about to CRASH the system or KNEW the system would crash in about 50 years so they started to implement the “plan” to disarm you by tugging at your dear hearts with your murdered children which makes them especially reprehensible and why you should be even MORE armed then ever before.

  5. Fact: In 1990 then Senator Joe Biden authored the Gun Free School Zone Act. And yet we see that these ‘gun free zones’ are where most of these heinous crimes take place.

    Fact: Republicans, sent a Bill to vote that would have provided School funding for: Police / Armed guard(s), Single point of entry & Teacher training. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) killed it in favor of Gun Bans.

    Fact: The local, state and federal Gun Laws you pushed for to detect or deter “mass shooters” actually worked as defined. Note: The buyers only became criminals after THEIR actions resulted in mass shootings! So, what law do you propose that will detect someone’s future intent?

    Fact: Democrats want us to believe that people / professional criminals included who are willing to ignore laws against rape, torture, kidnapping, robbery, theft, and murder will MAGICALLY obey a law which prohibits them from owning a firearm”.

    Fact: The Democrats “Assault Weapon” Ban actually includes 167 other semi-automatic rifles as well and Biden just added anything chambered in 9mm pistol.

    Fact: It’s not about protecting our kids or school safety… Nope. It’s about the Democrats disarming US Citizens!

    Historic Fact: Governments have disarmed and executed over 262 million of their own people in the 20th Century. So, please tell me again why Governments should be the only one with guns?

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