Editors Note: This story, published by the New York Daily News, seems at first glance to be a step in the right direction. Current serving soldiers on leave stepping up to watch over their local school; that’s a great thing. It’s great because they made the decision themselves. They were not ordered to do it. They just did it. However, there is a reason why the MSM sometimes likes story’s like this, and certain factors need to be taken into account. What if you didn’t have a uniform, but you want to watch over your local school? Would you get the same treatment from the media, or the school? I doubt it. What about teachers? Aren’t they already watching over the school all day long? Why are they not being treated seriously as possible defenders against an attack? And, what if the soldier had actually come armed to defend the school? Would he have been arrested? The message being sent here is that one does not necessarily need a gun in order to defend against an armed attack (take special note of the giant petition for the banning of “Assault Weapons” at the bottom the the Daily News article). Sadly, having a man in uniform outside your school house is not going to deter a psychotic shooter; only facing down a gun will make him think twice. I applaud these soldiers for trying to do something, rather than nothing, but the real solution has already been put out there: Stop beating around the bush and allow teachers to arm themselves, or, allow neighborhood watches to form as protection for local schools.
Brandon Smith, Associate Editor
This article was written by Phillip Caulfield and originally published at New York Daily News
One day after Nashville Marine takes post outside children’s school, a Marine and expecting father in California has done the same.
Another Marine has taken up a post outside his local elementary school.
Marine Sgt. Craig Pusley, 28, of Hughson, told the Modesto Bee he decided to stand outside Hughson Elementary School after reading a Facebook message urging soldiers to guard their local schools after Friday’s horrific Sandy Hook school massacre.
“When I enlisted, I swore to defend this country from all enemies, foreign and domestic,” he told the newspaper.
The young father, who has a 3-year-old son and another on the way with his wife, Kristina, is dressed in combat fatigues, but isn’t armed.
He said he doesn’t need a weapon.
“I don’t have a fear in the world that if someone came here, I’d have the strength and the ability to protect (the school).” he said.
Pusley served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, where “schools are kind of against the rules,” he told the Bee.
He wasn’t going to let kids in his neighborhood live in fear of coming to school.
“I just want to have a word to this community that I stand between them and any danger,” he told the Bee.
Hughson goes on break for the holidays on Thursday. Pusley said he was considering coming back in January.
Friday’s rampage in Newtown has sparked panic in schools across the U.S.
In San Diego on Thursday, one district decided to close schools on Thursday and Friday after receiving calls from scores of parents worried about shootings, NBC San Diego reported.
News of Pusley’s watch comes days after it was reported that a Marine and father in Nashville was taking up watch outside his chidrens’ school.
Staff Sgt. Jordan Pritchard also wore fatigues and did not carry a weapon while standing outside Gower Elementary School, where his two children are students.
“I feel like this is something I had to do,” he told a local TV station on Tuesday.
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