Texas’ School Marshals Program the First of Its Kind

In a move that will almost certainly be divisive, the state of Texas has just finished training its first class of armed school marshals. The goal is to do for the nation’s public schools what air marshals did for airlines in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

Like air marshals, school marshals are meant to remain anonymous, with only school personnel aware of their identities.… [Read more]

Wacky Wayne Went Up The Hill

In February 1995, a 13-year-old boy walked into Andy Pope’s classroom at Nebraska’s Chadron Middle School and shot the social studies teacher and basketball coach. Fortunately, the bullet hit a rib, missing his heart by an inch. He survived and returned to the classroom less than a week later. Later the same year, in what would become one of his more famous paranoid pronouncements, Wayne LaPierre referred to federal agents as “jackbooted government thugs” in a National Rifle Association fundraising letter.… [Read more]

Tears in Heaven

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all the victims of the senseless massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would — as a parent. And that was especially true today.[Read more]

Moment of Silence

A lone gunman goes postal, sending a battery of bullets into a crowd full of innocent people. There’s an extra groan when it happens at a school or involves small children. If there’s proximity, not something distant on another continent, it’s a reminder that bad things can and do happen, sometimes right next door.

On Monday we were shocked by the fatal shooting of four people, including three students, at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France.… [Read more]