As, I assume are most mentally stable individuals, I, too, am horrified by the continual violence inflicted on our nation’s schools, as was most recently exhibited in Parkland, Fla. Many solutions for these events have been offered, none of which have been enacted.
For a plethora of reasons, we are no closer to finding a cure for this carnage today. There are myriad factions and special interests that find these potential solutions unacceptable or unworkable.
One idea I haven’t heard suggested, and one that seems to address the objections directed at the others, has yet to be offered.
Much as we mandate inoculations against various contagious diseases before permitting students to enroll in school, why not mandate the wearing of bulletproof vests for all students?
While not 100 percent effective, at least their vital organs would be protected. Surely the NRA wouldn’t object, as no one’s Second Amendment rights would be violated.
As with current inoculations, the cost would be borne by the students’ parents, thus putting no increased financial burdens on our already-strained educational system.
Depending on the dress codes of various school districts, the appearance of vests could be regimented or a provision to permit individual stylistic adornments allowed.
Additionally, there could be a mandate requiring all vests be manufactured in America, thus not adversely effecting our trade deficit and helping further lower the unemployment rate.
I offer this potential solution without incentives, financial or otherwise, nor do I seek any endorsements, political or personal.
I only seek to enhance safety in our school systems while offending the fewest entities possible.