Israel - Sympathy, Advice for Newtown, Connecticut, US On Guns, School Security

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Newtown, CT. --- December 15, 2012 ... As one who has served in a combat unit, Israel border police and is the director of a father's organization in Israel, I know something about children and security. As Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel President Shimon Peres offer condolences to the children, parents and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, they should also be asking if Newtown, Connecticut and other communities throughout the US would care to benefit from the most experienced and respected nation in regards to school security.

Because of the deadly threat of Islamic terrorism that faces Israel on a daily basis, this small, democratic nation has been forced to implement the most effective security measures for civilians on the planet.

First piece of advice to the US - wake up!

You have a problem and your children are being murdered. To say that this is not Israel, New York, Detroit or Iraq no longer works.
When terrorism hits a sleepy, tranquil, wooded town in the heart of Connecticut, a town which was once listed as the fifth-safest city in America, claiming the lives of 20 young, innocent children, you should now know that no place is safe in the US where children congregate.

"Dear President Obama,

I was shocked and horrified by today's savage massacre of innocent children and adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

We in Israel have experienced such cruel acts of slaughter and we know the shock and agony they bring.

I want to express my profound grief, and that of all the people in Israel, to the families that lost their loved ones.

May you and the American people find the strength to overcome this unspeakable tragedy.

With my deepest condolences,

Benjamin Netanyahu,
Prime Minister of Israel"


In Israel, no one carries a weapon without the Israel Ministry of Defense knowing about it. The person carrying the gun or assault weapon has gone through a security background check, trained in the use of gun safety and is registered with either the Israel Defense Forces or the police that he bears a weapon. The right of Americans to bear arms is a US Constitutional right which has not been reformed nor updated since it was written over 200 years ago when Americans were killing turkeys and buffalo to stay alive.

To ask the US public to ban all guns would not be realistic with over 300 million guns in circulation. But gun control must be implemented to screen out those who have mental health issues. As political leaders discuss gun control on both a state and federal level, your school does not have the luxury of doing nothing. There are psychotic, copy cat killers on the loose and whether it be a school in Connecticut or a movie theater in Colorado - the sick idea is out there for a few to use guns and or assault rifles to get even or resolve a problem.


Police and or armed security guards stationed at the entrance
of the school could have prevented this massacre.

How do you make a school safe?

You hire at least two, armed security guards and place them at the entrance of the school. Forget the camera and buzzer. It does not work. If you doubt this, ask the parents of the murdered 20 children in Newtown.

You have the children and their bags go through metal detectors. This can be fast and effective. If you feel that this is inconvenient, then ask yourself what price would you pay for your child's safety? Airlines employ this measure, not just to save lives, but to save aircraft.

The use of video cameras both in and outside the school are needed to both prevent and document illegal activity.

Lockdown and evacuation procedures must be taught and drilled at every school. Panic buttons must be placed in every room.
Teachers must be prepared for almost any crisis that could materialize - either by nature or man made. School need safe rooms and safe procedures.

The use of a combination code rather than keys are suggested to secure outside doors and classrooms.

Off-duty soldiers or police must be hired to provide security during field trips and they do typically carry a weapon when performing these duties.

But perhaps the best line of defense are the parents. If you detect and or are knowledgeable about your child or other children who have mental health issues, report this immediately, in confidence, to the school principle and school psychologist. Preventing a massacre is preferable to attending a funeral.

Security guards, metal detectors, locked doors and windows do not make a prison. They make for a safe school facility where your children can learn, laugh and grow without the threat of being hit by bullets.

You need to ask yourself one question.
What price would you pay to keep your children safe?


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