Could Veterans Be the Answer to School Shootings?

By Nico Lagan
April 11, 2023
By Nico Lagan
April 11, 2023
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A couple of weeks ago, Irish MMA fighter Connor McGregor tweeted that schools across the United States should have armed guards to protect the students. That this is the way to tackle school shootings. I don’t like his antics as a fighter, but on this topic, we agree! I’ve been saying something similar for years. Hire veterans as armed guards and post them in all schools nationwide. To me, it’s a no-brainer. These men and women are already trained in the art of combat, and they know how to handle themselves under pressure. They were ready to die defending their country; imagine what they would do to defend our most precious resource. It’s a win-win solution! Not only are you giving purpose back to our ex-military personnel, but we would be ensuring our children’s safety. Last week, after reading about Connor Mcgregor’s tweet, I posted a video stating my views on the subject, and the comments I received were surprising, to say the least. You can find the video right here: My opinions are not mainstream nor politically correct. I am used to the backlash of discontentment from the social media world. But, last time I checked, the vast majority of people agreed with me! Some voices weren’t as enthusiastic, and others raised valid concerns worth addressing.

Are veterans answer to school shootings?

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Is more guns really the answer? I think we can all agree that we don’t live in a utopia filled with unicorns and rainbows. Heinous crimes like school shootings are a reality. There is great evil out there, and to keep it at bay, we must be ready to defend ourselves, making guns a necessity. We must deal with mass murderers the same way we do bullies, by standing up to them! Cowards look for soft targets and will always choose to attack the weak. The ones they perceive pose, the less resistance. Posting a gun-free zone sign in front of a school is like a golden invitation to them. School shooters need to understand that their actions will not go unpunished. There will be serious consequences for their actions. So to answer the original question, yes, more guns in the hands of good men is the answer. Don’t most veterans suffer from PTSD? As per the US Department of veterans affairs, PTSD is slightly more common among veterans, 7% compared to 6% of the average individual. It does appear that these numbers vary when veterans use the VA health care. One study found that 23% of them suffered PTSD. As per a VA report in 2021, 10% of male veterans were diagnosed with PTSD and 19% of females. No matter the statistic we use, veterans are more likely to develop PTSD. I think we can all agree on that.

How much would this all cost?

  There are 115,576 schools in the USA, and as per, the average salary for an armed security officer is 18.88. For the sake of argument, let’s make it $20 an hour. It would make sense to have 2 armed guards per school, making 231,152 the number of needed guards. At $20 an hour, 40 hours a week, 52 working weeks a year, a single guard would cost about $41,600 per guard. Times 231,152 for a grand total of 9,615,923,200. Do you know how much the US government’s budget is this year? $2.46 trillion!!

Is this crazy idea of mine even possible?

As per the 2021 census, there are 16.5 million veterans in the USA right now. That’s 6.4 % of the adult population. 50% of them are between the ages of 18 and 64. That’s more than 8 million veterans! Let’s use the highest percentage, 23%. That means that out of the 8 million veterans between 18 and 64, more than 6 million are good to go. It goes without saying that all of them should go through a psychological evaluation, but the point is that most vets are good to go. As per Washington Post, there have been 377 different school shootings since the original massacre of Columbine High School in 1999. For the past 24 years, there has been an average of about 16 shootings yearly. There are 2 ways to deal with this problem: we can continue to bury our heads in the sand or do something about it! Seems like this is not a far-fetched idea after all, is it? I want to know what you think about this. Let me know in the comments below: Should we hire veterans and ex-military personnel to protect children from school shootings? Thank you for reading, and until next time, remember: evil only wins when good men do nothing! Have you ever felt misunderstood, judged, or restricted in expressing your true masculinity? Tired of keeping taboo or delicate subjects to yourself? Are you wishing there was a place where manliness is not only embraced but required? Where political correctness and the woke agenda have no power? I have fantastic news for you: I’ve created an exclusive, private Facebook group just for men like you, eager to reclaim their freedom of expression and grow together. A place where every man can be his authentic self without fear of judgment or being labeled. Join our exclusive brotherhood now: The Legion of Men.

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