Re-Orgainize Lock Down Procedures sign now

Im blunt, so lets cut straight to the chase. My name is Steph. Im 17, a member at a local gun range, and an avid target shooter. The recent shooting threats at my school have lead to a lock down practice which has lead me to this thought: lockdowns are, for lack of better term, impractically planned. We are told to:







1. Lock our doors



2. Close the blinds



3. Quietly wait in the corner







Now, maybe only I realize this because Im around guns so much, and its not just common senses, but it doesnt matter if youve got a puny .22 calibre rifle or a powerful 12 gauge shotgun, a locked door will take half a second more to blow open then an unlocked door will take to push open. If the gunman, or, I must add, gunwoman, really wants in they will get in. Lock that door all you want though, youre not doing yourself any good; you might just be wasting 2 of your last 60 second of your life.







Secondly, close the blinds? Are you kidding me? You might as well just put a sign on the door that says This room is empty. You know, even maniacs arent that stupid. A high school during school hours will have students in every classroom. They have probably already planned which room they are going to, and made sure ahead of time that the room has people in it. Closed blinds do you jack, they still know youre in there.







Now, this is the best one sit in the corner quietly. Really? You think thats a good idea? Last time I checked its takes a lot longer to aim and shoot 30 different places, then it does to let loose a loaded magazine or two into one confined area. Why not get everyone to stay at their desk? Is it because you are more likely to hit a greater number of people if youve got them all pre-bundled into a corner for you? I could have sworn that is what you were trying to avoid.







Here's a better plan: leave the door unlocked, station a couple of people on either side of the door in every class room (armed with some kind of heavy objects), then when the gunman comes through the door, attack and bring him to the ground. This leaves your fellow uninjured students free to walk calmly out the door. If it turns out it was the principal coming through the door, well, she should have knocked!







Youve got to give the homicidal maniacs of the world a little more credit. They have a gun, they arent afraid to use it, and they arent complete airheads. Id say its about time we re-think our safety procedures, and by re-think I mean actually think this time.







Hope you enjoyed my two cents.







Sincerely, Steph Kat







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