@TriggerHappy thanks I just watched the first video, it was very well stated!
I think the Texas church shooting brought this issue to the forefront of my community. If it can happen in a town of 500 people it sure as heck can happen in a community of 8,000!
But while I have made some inroads on some issues such as emergency planning and the need for logistic support and training of the staff, the active shooter issue has been a brick wall for me.
We have our fair share of liberals in Oregon.
Here is what I am facing.
Oregon CHL laws and definitions of public spaces allow someone with a chl to carry on campus. However a court ruling (doe v medford) allows schools to take away that right from staff and volunteers. (Which is exactly what they did under the cry that “more guns are not the answer!” ) Our staff whom have CHLs, myself included as a volunteer, are not allowed to carry while the general public can.
Meanwhile or SRO is an obvious target, has no long gun (locked in trunk of patrol car) and must operate in an environment where shots taken will be 50+ yards).
They are frustrated,as one said “an SRO gives the school a false sense of security”. Like most departments many of our officers only shoot once a year when they must qualify, but we have a couple of senior officers whom are “gun guys” (I RSO the local matches) who recognize the problem.
It will take at least 15 minutes to get a second officer on scene. It will take at least 30 minutes or longer to call in all of the officers who are off shift to respond. We are over an hour away from any other law enforcement response.
Add into that fact that we are a retirement community, lots of grandparents raising troubled kids because their parents are in jail, as well as being the favorite dumping ground for DHS to place kids in foster care. We have the LARGEST elementary school in the county for this reason!
In the end it all comes down to optics and PC b.s. I had to build enclosed cabinetry to “hide” the emergency supplies because some teachers and parents where offended by the sight of emergency toilets! Lol
The same goes for our SROs they need a rifle caliber weapon that can be concealed in a bag because the sight of a long gun in the hands of a uniformed officer scares a portion of the community!
Sorry for the long post brothers…I guess I needed to vent and your suggestions have been VERY helpful!