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Handheld Metal Detectors Should Be Used In All Schools Nationwide

February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 191

There was yet another fatal school shooting in America today, this one in Chardon, Ohio. Once again another school shooting story hits the headlines but will more or less be ignored by most media outlets and completely forgotten about by tomorrow morning. The reason for this is because school shootings have become so commonplace that they aren't even deemed newsworthy anymore. That says an awful lot about sun violence today and just how easy it is for anyone to secure a gun. It also says a lot about how secure our nation's schools really are and what steps should be taken to improve our security at our schools. What makes this latest shooting that much more alarming is that once again the shooting has taken place in a school that isn't in a crime ridden area and in a school and town that isn't accustomed to this type of violence. In areas where crime is rampant you will be sure to find metal detectors installed in every school yet I defy you to find the same metal detectors used in upper class suburban schools and that to me makes absolutely no sense. How many students need to be injured or killed before we realize the importance of metal detectors in all schools nationwide? It should be entirely evident at this point that no school in America is immune to the possibility of gun violence and as such every school in America should implement the use of handheld metal detectors.

Opponents to such a notion would oppose this idea for two reasons, one would not want to create a prison-like feeling to their child's school and the other would be the cost of implementing handheld metal detectors. To opponents claiming they don't want their children's school feeling like a prison I would say I think that the term 'prison-like' would be a bit of an over exaggeration. I have 2 children in public schools and one on the way and I would have absolutely no problem with them being scanned with a metal detector before entering school. To be honest I have a problem with the fact that they are currently not scanned before entering school. I'd much rather they are temporarily 'hassled' then shot or stabbed.

To people that would oppose this idea on the grounds of cost, especially in today's weakened economy, I would ask what price they put on human life. The reason I mention handheld metal detectors and not the larger, vastly more expensive, walk-through models is because, well, those walk-through models are vastly more expensive. A Garrett handheld model, the only brand used by professional law enforcement, only costs a couple of hundred dollars. I understand that the public school system has an extremely tight budget but again, what cost do we put on human life?

Stay Safe, Carl Vouer

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