the Zaitzeff-Carlson dialogue on security dogs and less than lethal weapons in schools

At times I hear or listen to KVI.

I am mostly conservative, with some areas where I am liberal or moderate. Because of the shooting in Parkland Florida I read and thought more about a number of things related to school security and reducing gun violence . . . and there was the town hall yesterday at Seattle University.

At the town hall, there was the Washington state governor and then a gun-owning teacher. Both said or seemed to say they did not like the idea of teachers being armed.

I did not get to question or comment at the town hall, but I did not like how they framed the topic in terms of “armed”=gun-wearing and “unarmed”=nothing.

This morning KVI was again discussing guns and school safety because of the Wednesday protests. I called and said I wished to discuss security dogs and the less-than-firearm weapons.

A few minutes later I was on with Carlson and Kirby Wilbur. I said that people were forgetting that every school should consider security dogs and every teacher should consider wearing, carrying or having pepper spray, a cane and a tactical flashlight.

(I did not mention throwing stars or nail files . . . though those are useful things, I think . . .)

Carlson said he felt that the less-lethal weapons would give a false sense of security if facing a guy with a gun, but might be useful when confronting unruly students without firearms. Yeah . . . more or less right . . . no problem . . .

When I was in high school I had a journalism teacher and a few years after I graduated, the journalism teacher was raped on school property, when she was on school property after regular hours, just as would be a handful of others of certain kinds: debate coaches, athletic coaches, some staff and the newspaper and yearbook advisor, on certain days. Most rapes are done without weapons at all and more unruly students bring along a knife rather than a gun because knives are more accessible to them . . .

I said, “What do you think of the security dogs idea?”

He said, approximately, “I think the shooter will shoot the dog.”

I said, “The dog is small and clocks at 30 mph. If the gunman is shooting the dog, he is subject to attack from the side or behind by a teacher or student.”

Another factor to be considered is that those dogs are silent and they are good at taking flying leaps and will catch a lot of gunmen by surprise, but we did not get to that in this discussion on the radio on this day. Also, some schools are large enough to justify there being 2 security dogs.

Carlson continued, “I don’t know. I wonder if any schools do that and what their experience is.”

I said, “Some schools in Ohio have the dogs and the FBI has a report up on the use of dogs in schools for security. According to the FBI report–or the report up on the FBI website–the school administration is very happy with the results of their security dogs.”

Carlson said, “Well, that is food for thought.”

Last night after the town hall I spoke with Washington state senator Manka Dhingra. Dhingra said, approximately, “Some students are afraid of the dogs.”

Hum . . . well, the students who bring guns to school, who bring knives to school without a meaningful and reasonable purpose, or maybe, at all if we need to be picky, or who bring backpacks with bombs in them, or who commit rape, robbery and assault and make threats on school property could benefit from a dose of fear of the security dog.

Everyone else will learn that the dog is obedient and well-trained and the dog will save some lives when he attacks a homicidal evil-doing maniac–which we hope the dog would not have to do, but in reality, in practice, the dog must do at times.

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