By Doug Newman.
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Just like so many other subjects, I wish I had more time to comment on the lunacy of school lockdowns.
Let me use a few local examples to illustrate my point.
In November 2012, 3000 students at two Aurora Schools – Gateway High and Jewell Elementary – were put on lockdown for eight hours while the Aurora PD searched a nearby apartment building for a crime suspect. This was all done in the name of protecting them. Lockdowns are almost a weekly occurrence in Metro Denver. They no doubt are elsewhere as well.
Right after the tragic murder of a girl at Arapahoe High School last December, numerous Metro Denver school districts were placed on lockdown. One district was 30 miles away. Again, this was “for the children”.
If you truly wanted to protect the precious children – I hear Whitney Houston singing – from someone who wanted to kill them en masse, why would you lock them in places where they would be such easy targets? You never protect people by restricting their movement.
Moreover, if someone wanted to kill large numbers of people in a particular building, they could do so without even entering. Oklahoma City, anyone? (Side note: McVeigh did not use a gun.)
And what about the kids who are homeschooled or who attend private schools? They were not subject to lockdowns? Why do only public school kids qualify for such “protection”?
And what if a violent criminal were on the loose at night or on a holiday or during some other time when school was not in session? How would you protect children when you could not lock them down?
This brings me to two local stories from this past week.
On Friday, police arrested fugitive sex offender Bronson McDowell in northeast Denver. McDowell had been dodging law enforcement for the past week.
A serial sex offender was on the loose, and there were no school lockdowns? After all, he could have come through your neighborhood and assaulted your child. Again, why no lockdowns?
Also, convicted child rapist Eric Eugene Hartwell was arrested in Norfolk, Virginia, after having left a Denver halfway house a week earlier. If we are going to put schoolchildren on prison mode for their protection, shouldn’t every school between Denver and Norfolk have gone on 24×7 lockdown? After all, there was a child rapist on the loose.
In 2012, ten schools in here in were put on lockdown after a bank robbery. The lockdown was lifted before the suspect was caught.
And if school lockdowns are a good thing and necessary to protect people why not lock down other places such as office buildings or shopping malls? Why not lock down entire cities?
(No, what happened in Boston last April did not protect anyone.)
You never heard of school lockdowns until a decade or so ago. Now, they are commonplace feature of the metastasizing Amerikan police state. Instead of protecting children, they instill the belief that police states somehow protect them. And, from what I can tell, most adults approve of this.
It makes zero sense to focus all your attention on Washington, while at the same time passively accepting such tyranny right in your own neighborhood.
Many excellent points in this article. Take the time to read.