You can comment below but before you go ballistic, here is a
quote to consider, attack dogs “… have visual and olfactory sensory
abilities that are literally superhuman, can go where a soldier cannot, and
can often subdue or intimidate a foe more quickly with non-lethal force.”
Ref #1 I did some research before risking my
position. Wikipedia says “The dogs are trained to identify
situations where humans are in danger and respond accordingly.”
Bob Franken says they developed the security dog program in South Jersey but
that it can be implemented everywhere. He sent me a photo of “Meadow”
the first K-9 dog on patrol at a N.J. High School.
Andrew Packer, father of a Parkland
School shooting victim, has an answer for parents who fear a fully trained
dog and handler more than they fear a terrorist or an armed nutcase. He says
recruit “off-duty police, retired military dog handlers, and local
protection dog trainers who want to give back to the communities they live
in.” Security dogs are already used in train terminals and could be implemented
throughout the country, at schools, shopping centers, anywhere that is a
potential (news-making) target.
School officials in South Jersey love
the idea of training dogs to neutralize would-be school
shooters. They pointed out that the nutcase at Parkland reloaded five times
and if there had been a dog on duty, the killer would have been brought down
before being able to repeatedly reload.
It takes 8 to 10 weeks to train a
security dog to stop an active
shooter. Training the “tactical way” through the program is 100% safe. Not
only that, most children are soothed by the presence of a dog and a police
officer. One of my officers who retired and went into the protection
business told me about “Vapor Dogs” that are trained to smell gunpowder and
go on the alert even before the first shot is fired.
None of us can forget the
Parkland High School shooting in Florida February 14, 2018.
Armed teachers may not have been able to prevent that attack but had someone
been armed… It’s been 20 years since the shooting
at the Columbine School in Colorado and our kids are still being attacked!
There is no excuse for that. None.
is signaling in front of a locker which contains a gun. She can prevent a school shooting
by I.D.ing a potential shooter through scent traces of gun powder.
Just having a security dog on premises is a potent psychological deterrent,
even to a nutcase. Killers may be deranged but they are not retarded
and even disturbed people instinctively fear a trained security dog.
It has been proven that humans automatically react in terror at the
sight of bared fangs. Instinct tells the assailant that dog
is going to get him. Even if he’s a total nutcase, he’ll find out pretty
quick that a fast-moving target is hard to hit. Trust me, he’ll either run
or throw down his weapon and raise his arms to protect his life. Worst case, say the assailant makes a lucky
shot and stops the security dog, but in the meantime, that dog has given everyone else
opportunity to run and hide.
You guys will agree that
even an unarmed guard with a trained security dog offers a strong measure of
protection for children and teachers. That kind of dog is capable of distinguishing
between good people and potential threats. A gun cannot make that kind of
distinction. Even my best combat veterans didn't have the psychological
awareness of an animal.
I would like to know what you think
about school protection. Would you prefer an armed law
officer, an unarmed security guard, a trained security dog and handler, or
none of the above? My daughter says I should include shopping center
protection and I reckon she is right. You can agree or disagree
below. I think it is time we SEE the reality here at home and get our leaders to
protect us instead of their cushy seats!
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