By Jacquelyn V. Gonzalez
A series of recent school mass shootings calls for drastic measures in a change of school security.
Unemployed military veterans who have had formal training in warfare, should be hired by schools, and armed to protect students from further mass shootings.
Three years ago, on change.org, a petition was started by former marine Justin Dunning of Ohio, to gain support for the idea of hiring armed military veterans to patrol our schools here in the United States.
The goal was to collect 500 votes and to send them to the Senate.
This petition was made following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, after 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members.
This idea eventually died out, however, it is being considered by civilians again following the series of school shootings that have recently circulated throughout our nation.
East Los Angeles College currently has four veteran deputies on campus, all of whom are armed and ready to take action should our school face a threat.
Many high schools throughout the country have sheriffs patrolling around campus, however there are still schools including most middle and elementary schools that lack this kind of protection.
Most Elan students, staff and faculty have friends and family who attend schools that are lacking in self-defense maneuvers. This should raise concern and awareness among our community.
Unfortunately, predators will always target their weakest prey. In this case, schools that are lacking armed security.
Hiring (armed) infantry vets to protect our students is a great idea. It would provide jobs for unemployed people who are experienced in this line of work, while at the same time providing security for students of all ages.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5.3 percent of U.S veterans are currently unemployed.
It is a shame that so many of the men and women who have risked their lives in order to protect our freedom, are now having to deal with the stress that comes with unemployment.
Time and time again, America has learned that metal detector’s, locked doors, and unarmed security guards are just not enough to protect our students.
Anti-gun laws and gun-free zones have been proven to be unsuccessful due to the fact that criminals do not and will not ever abide by the laws set forth by any person in authority.
A clear example of this would be the 2,399 shooting victims in Chicago, a gun-free zone, recorded between January 1st and October 12th of this year.
People have raised their concerns on the chances of hiring veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. They fear that schools risk hiring people who may potentially lash-out and turn their weapons on students or on themselves at any given moment.
What many don’t realize is that PTSD among former military personnel is not as common as they are lead to believe.
During another study conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, it was found that during the past three decades, the number of veterans in state and federal prison has declined.
Civilians reported a higher rate of all mental health problems than veterans—both in state and federal prison.
PTSD is not just a military issue and should therefore not be considered a discriminatory factor when deciding on whether or not hiring vets as school security is a good idea.
Anyone, having served in the military or not, is prone to this mental illness.
A solution to this concern would be to employ veterans who pass mental health checks.
Our campus is fortunate enough to have armed security.
It is now time for Elans to consider using our own voices to help ensure this same security for all American students.
It is time for a change. The gun-free laws that our government is promoting will not protect innocent civilians from criminals with guns.
If we can trust these men and women to protect us overseas, then we can trust them to protect our students here on American soil.