Ideas,  Passions

BE THE CHANGE: School Shootings

Be the change you want to see in the world. 

The most recent mass school shooting sent my head spinning. It wasn’t the tragedy so much as the one million opinions on Facebook on why this happened. The blame game, incessant arguing, and a demand for change. And there are lots of suggestions for why we have this problem and how to fix it. Yet, no one seems to have a quick solution on how to change our culture or implement their solutions on a grand scale. Why? Because it’s a HUGE problem!

Me? I agree with all of you. I nod my head in agreement with every root cause.

  • It’s the government’s fault. (agree)
  • It’s our parenting. (agree)
  • It’s a culture issue. (agree)
  • It’s because of Hollywood/media. (agree)
  • It’s a mental health issue. (agree)
  • It’s a medication issue. (agree)
  • It’s a sin/heart/evil issue. (agree)
Honestly, there’s not a one size fits all reason to these school shootings and that’s frustrating. 

I’m also in agreement about how to solve this problem. But that’s where my brain gets stuck. I don’t know how to fix this on a large scale.

  • How in the world does one go about implementing stricter screening processes in every.single.state? 
  • How do we get around HIPAA laws to include medical information in background checks for gun applications?
  • How do we sync retail systems to monitor ammunition purchases?
  • How can we get every board of education to approve paid armed security for every school?
  • How do we keep guns away from the bad guys but still give the good guys the right to bear arms?
  • How do we (___fill in the blank___) on such a massive front?
I have racked my brain over who to call, where to write, or where to start for 2 days. Even if I knew where to start, it will take time (a lot of time) to get new laws and processes implemented. Let’s be realistic here. 
Then, I saw this video. In fact, I’ve seen it before – the last time there was a mass school shooting. I thought “That’s awesome! How come all schools don’t have these? Surely they will work towards getting them now!” Nope. They didn’t. Not on a large scale. This device is relatively inexpensive, especially compared to having a full-time armed guard, but is highly effective. I don’t understand why this solution hasn’t already been implemented.

I’m a big fan of the “be the change you want to see in the world” and “be a part of the solution, not part of the problem” philosophies. I do think law changes are coming but I’m tired of waiting. 
So here goes…. I called up my friend who is a teacher and showed her this video. I asked her what type of door she has in her classroom and ordered the appropriate device. It will be shipped to her directly.

I may not be able to solve the root cause of mass shootings but I can do something effective. I can’t fix evil and I can’t change laws but I can be proactive in protecting lives. 

I’m encouraging you to do the same. Yes, YOU!
The Challenge? We all know at least one teacher. Buy this for them. There is an option for every door type.

Is it a little pricey? Sure. But in comparison to their life and the lives of the kids they teach, it’s priceless. 

I’m not taking any excuses here. 
  • If you can’t afford one find a few friends and go in on it together. 
  • If you are a room mom, work with the other parents in your class to collect the funds to buy one for your child’s teacher. 
  • If you are on the PTO, start a fundraiser. 
  • If you don’t know a teacher, let me know and I’ll connect you with one. 

Inward Swinging Door
Commercial Doors with Scissor Closure
Outward Swinging Door

If we are going to “Demand Change” we have to BE THE CHANGE!

*In full disclosure, these are Amazon affiliate links. For every purchase made, I get a small percentage back but pledge to use those funds towards additional purchases of the Barracuda Intruder Defense System for teachers.



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