Thinking back to my earlier years, when commenting on a buddy’s screwed-up thinking, I might say something like, “Your head is so far up your butt that you need a contact lens on your navel.” Another classic from the past is, “You are so full of poop that your eyes should be brown.”

There are times I read something that is so friggin’ stupid that I have to re-read it a second time just be certain that I didn’t misread it.

 

NASRO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MO CANADY GETS THE AWARD

 Mo Canady, the executive director gets the award for being a moron and putting it on public display. Check out the May, 2018 issue of American Police Beat for an article about good ole Mo.

NASRO is the National Association of School Resource Officers, is the world’s leader in school-based policing.

Canady recently issued a statement opposing the arming of teachers. The statement went on to recommend that, “… no firearms should be on a school campus except those carried by carefully selected, specially trained school resource officers (SROs).

Let’s put that thought into other words: Only those who have been hired, trained, paid and who are card-carrying members of NASRO should be allowed to carry a firearm on a school campus.

Here are some other statements from Canady which demonstrate his real motives.

  • Anyone who hasn’t received the extensive training provided to law enforcement officers will likely be mentally unprepared to take a life.   So far in 2018, the citizens of Chicago have witnessed untrained folks use guns to shoot 990 people. It is a safe bet that the shooters in those 990 incidents did not have the extensive training that Canady insists is a must.
  • Law enforcement agencies require their officers to practice on a shooting range frequently – as often as once per month. Anyone without such frequent practice will likely have difficulty using a firearm safely. Chicago PD requires its officers to quality with their weapons ONCE each year. So much for frequent practice.
  • Law enforcement officers receive training and practice in quickly evaluating the risks of firing. Yup. I got that training. Once. In the academy.

At first blush, Deputy Scot Peterson of the Broward Sheriff’s Office met Canady’s requirements for an SRO. Except that when the crisis came, Peterson went into hiding and protected no one but himself.

 

HERE IS THE REAL STORY

Mr. Canady’s real motivation is buried near the end of the article in these words:

“NASRO recommends that sufficient federal, state and/or local FUNDING be made available to place at least one carefully selected, specially trained school resource officer in every school in the nation. NASRO further recommends that large schools be provided more than one SRO.”

It is fairly obvious that Mr. Canady’s motivation is simply to get more dues paying members for his union.

So, let’s see. We have a critical problem demanding an immediate solution:  kids are being shot-up in school. Canady’s solution will require government at all levels to find the cash to increase law enforcement budgets. Once that’s done, more new cops can be trained and put in place in schools across the country.

Any bets on how long that would take to accomplish – assuming that it got done, at all. It would be years before every school had at least one SRO. How many kids will be killed while that process unfolds?

 

JUST IMAGINE

Imagine that you are a middle school teacher. You are a male in your thirties and you own a few firearms. You have a concealed carry permit which is useless at the school where you work. You are also a hunter.

The school where you teach is reasonably large having five major halls (or corridors) each with roughly ten classrooms.

There is one SRO assigned full-time to your building. As is typical of many SROs, your officer is within five years of retirement. He took the SRO post because it’s a whole lot easier than working the street in patrol.

 

ON ONE FATEFUL MORNING around 10:30AM, you hear what you believe to be gun shots coming from somewhere down the hall where your classroom is located.  You try to reach the SRO, but he is at a distant location in a different part of the building.

Your mind flashes back to a meeting where you expressed an interest in being one of the teachers who could carry their weapon on school grounds to defend against an active shooter. But, the school board had ultimately delayed implementation of the program and you’re left with nothing but a fly swatter.

Suddenly, you hear screams coming from the kids in the next room followed by gun shots and then silence.

Yes, your classroom door is shut and locked. Is that lock strong enough to withstand a shooter who wants to get in your room? You may soon find out.

You stand there in a cold sweat feeling more helpless than at any other time in your life.

This scenario could be very real – under the NASRO plan.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

We are cops. We took an Oath when the badge was pinned on our chest. Think about that, for a moment.

Can we be everywhere there is danger?

Can we protect everyone all of the time?

What do the principles of law enforcement and our personal ethics and honor call us to do?

Are we here to protect the lives of others or protect the dollars flowing to our paychecks and union dues?

You decide.

At the bottom line, we are here to save just ONE life.

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