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Posted on 12/19/2012 4:58:37 AM PST by TSgt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, one local father and former Marine is standing guard at his children's school and parents said he's a welcome addition to the school.
Jordan Pritchard, a former Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, pulled down his old Marine Corps uniform from the attic Sunday night and decided to make a difference in his community. When he was in the military his job was to keep our country safe and for the next week he planned bring that safety home by standing guard outside the front door of Gower Elementary School.
He said it's his responsibility.
"I'm doing this because we need hope man. We need hope," explained Pritchard.
He's a volunteer. He's not getting paid. He's not even armed, but parent said they feel a whole lot better about leaving their children at school while he's been at the front door.
The shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut was a thousand miles away, but what happened there hits too close to home.
Pritchard said it's his duty, and parents are appreciative.
"If you are able and capable of doing something you have the responsibility to act," he said.
Sarah Knies has 2nd and 3rd graders who attend Gower Elementary School. She said she was comforted knowing Pritchard was there.
"He made me feel good. Just to know that he stood up and did something to make us all feel better today," she explained.
Many parents, staff and students stopped by to thank Pritchard.
"When parents come up to me and they're crying and thanking me for being out here," Pritchard said. "There's no job in the world that can pay me enough money to not do things for the kids and the parents."
Pritchard also has children who attend Gower Elementary School: a daughter, Valerie, in second grade and a son, Colby, in first grade. He insists his actions have not just been about them. He said he feels is about something much bigger.
"We have to live this life for other people. That's the only way that happiness and true peace and hope will come back to our nation is when we all come back together and love each other," he said.
Sergeant Pritchard plans to stand guard at the school until Wednesday, when Metro Schools finish for the year.
Boehner calls for 'discussion' on guns - The Hill
Boehner also told Republicans that they need to be "circumspect" in their observations, the lawmaker said, warning that "it's not helpful" for lawmakers to call for arming teachers as a way to prevent mass shootings. That remark was a not-so-veiled shot at Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who churned headlines Sunday when he lamented that one of the victims, Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung, was unarmed during the attack. "I wish to God she had an M-4 in her office locked up so when she heard gunfire she pulls it out and she didnt have to lunge heroically with nothing in her hands but she takes him out, takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids, Gohmert said in an interview on Fox News Sunday.
I am not clear on how an unarmed person can deter someone with a weapon determined to kill as many people as possible. I think it would just add one more to the final body count.
I don't know if it's been mentioned, but one thing is for sure, the jihadis are watching and learning from the Sandy Hook tragedy.
You better kill him first and befor you get within hands reach of him or you are toast.
If I was some crazy sot trying to go out in a blaze of glory, and I arrive at that school with ill intent, the first question that should be bouncing about in my mind is how do I really know he is not armed? How can I be sure, and how lucky do I really feel about that decision? This may very well make me decide to opt for another target, and by creating probable doubt in me this brave man has managed to save lives. Crazies, like many predators and scavengers, will tend to home in on what they consider soft targets. Even healthy lions will target weak prey ...even when they have sufficient strength to take stronger prey they will opt for those will obvious injuries/weakness as a way of ensuring success and/or mitigating against unnecessary injuries.
If I was a criminal, I would rather go to a school that doesn't have a Marine/Army/other standing in front of it.
I think this applies for CCW also ...in cities/areas that are known to have a lot of CCW license holders, or for that matter places that have clear Castle Doctrines in place, people tend to more or less be very respectful. Even though, statistically speaking, if I walk up to you and start beating you up there is a high likelihood that you do NOT have a gun on you. However, you MAY have one, and due to that I will most possibly opt to not engage with you (unnecessarily) because of that.
I think that is also similar to SSBNs ..even if you have a successful nuclear first-strike, taking out or operationally disabling your target's ability to respond with his own ICBMs, there is always the thought that - right now - there are several nuclear ballistic submarines moments away from firing their SLBMs at you. You are not sure where they are, you are not sure if they have their full contingent of warheads, or even if they received their orders in time. Maybe your attack submarines managed to sink them. However, you are simply not sure.
If I was a crazy, I'd see this guy standing there. A US Marine (since I take it there are no former Marines). In uniform. A father. Protecting children.
And I have no way of making sure he is not armed apart from what I read in an article.
I'd get in my car and drive on.
And there is the problem with today's "thinking". It's all about "feelings".
This man is doing a wonderful thing.
The evil doers are looking for the path of least resistance - they pretty much off themselves as soon as they get it (hear sirens, hear police breaking in, etc.). That particular ‘easy’ path does not look like it goes by this Marine. He is a huge deterrent, just by his presence.
“I am not clear on how an unarmed person can deter someone...”
It’s obvious this Marine has brought the FIRST and MOST important element to the fight...the right attitude.
I support his doing the Daddy thing....I do not support this as an answer.
There are over 91000 public schools in our country, are we to live like they do in South Africa where there are bars around the entire school and armed guards all over the place? It is not necessary. The incidence of events like what happened in Connecticut not only do not require it but are better served by a few Conceal Carry persons on site.
I promise you this, we will never go back to the school experience many of us 45 and older knew if we go the route of police state at schools. We set up an atmosphere of fear and a sinister one for the state to control because I guarantee you there will be abuses of that presence for everything imaginable to the point where we have police on-site at schools tackling and arresting kids...we are reacting to a symptom here, a symptom of the real issue, morality.
Congratulations Liberal progressives, you have brought us all of this at the insistence of removal of moral absolutes in nearly every setting because you associate them with the Christian God. In the 50’s chewing gum and talking in class were the number one infraction...what is it today? I will also add that we are not allowed to enter into the conversation the FACT that this particular incident was also a Psychiatric one...Nope, its only the gun talked about.
My brother and I were talking about getting armed civilians to volunteer in a rotation at schools (maybe 60 or so - so you’d only have to be there once a quarter). I’m sure you could get enough people to volunteer that it wouldn’t even be a financial hardship for the schools/community. (That being said, it’ll never happen. We’ll just ban assault weapons and everything will be fixed. /sarc)
Every enemy of america is watching for our vulnerbilities.....
Although they would be willing to attack a school, the jihadists know the blowback would be incredibly lopsided....
They choose their targets more carefully to illicit a particular response from us....
Don’t think about war with them as a true “war”, think of it in the terms of a political movement with militant anarchist members.....
This is why they haven’t attacked a school, it’s not rocket science for them....
I strongly disagree.
Over 10 Million guns were purchased in America just last year. Banning future sales won’t prevent another Sandy Hook tragedy. The truth is that bad guys will get guns and use them. Total confiscation is a non-starter due to the 2nd Amendment and the fact that it would start a second civil war. (No really) The gun that will be used in the next mass shooting has likely already been sold. There is only one solution, arm teachers, administrators or some security force to protect schools. We protect money in banks, why not our children?
Bus drivers need to be trained on how to prevent their busses from being jacked as well, or arm the drivers.
If they cannot get to the kids at the school they will seek ways either going or coming from school.
I support it 100%. There is a huge leap between having an armed presence patroling a school and locking the school down like a fortress.
Believe me, a Marine doesn’t need a gun to kill someone
Unfortunately our government is not.
Beyond Wonderful. He will be one of many, IMHO this maybe infact a quiet "Santelli" moment. I need more coffee here, can a biblical scholar Fr-er help me, what are the biblical references about standing watch. This Solider is standing watch....
This is why they havent attacked a school,...
Qualifier: In the U.S., yet.
I disagree. “Officer Presence” is a deterrent. Look Like a Bad A$$, Act like a Bad A$$ and most bad guys will believe you to be a Bad A$$ and steer clear without even thinking of engaging. I have no doubt in my mind a bad guy would think twice about taking this guy on. I also have no doubt this Marine would die protecting the children... outside the school, giving those INSIDE the school a chance to react.
“I am not clear on how an unarmed person can deter someone with a weapon determined to kill as many people as possible. ....I think it would just add one more to the final body count.......”
That was the first thing that came to my mind....His heart is in the right place, but it really is no different than standing on the battlefield defenseless.....The statements of parents feeling better seeing him standing there kind of shows the ignorance of the general public when it comes to defending ourselves.....
I don’t fear hijacked planes or dirty bombs.
I fear an American Beslan-like attack:
They are most definitely watching and learning from this. In terms of cost-effectiveness this type of attack is really up there. Quite cheap (all one needs is several people with Kalashnikovs), and the target type is quite soft. Furthermore, in terms of impact to nationwide psyche and morale, the effects would be prodigious.
They would also have learned a lot from the Beslan school hostage crisis in Russia, where several dozen Jihadi took over a thousand people hostage (including almost 800 children). The terrorists were heavily armed, including with explosives.
I concur that he should be armed but we have to start somewhere.
Then he's not providing security.
Don't get me wrong, I applaud him for what he is doing, but it's a shame that he's legally restrained from using the tools he needs to actually protect the children.
The "This is a gun free zone" sign might be a hint.
LOL Oh Puuuuhleeeze.
Let me guess, you're in the Marines?
Oh wait, I shouldn't have asked that. You'll spend the next hour telling me how awesome you are.
Self-defense is the ability to apply equal or greater force to a threat. Anything else is desperation.
This isn’t it.
The media certainly likes to slap "Former Marine" into a headline.
I've seen headlines like this:
Former Marine, 89, Bags Groceries at Local Store
Former Marine, 72, Elected to School Board
Former Marine, 79, Scratches Ass
I guess whatever it takes to get people to read their rags.
“”I wish to God she had an M-4 in her office . . .”
It won’t be long now till schools have robots and drones patrolling the schools. Which brings up other ethical issues of who, when, and under what conditions are they activated to kill - not to mention human collateral damage aspects.
Brave New World a coming.
Not under 0dumb0 the marxist commie muslim pig, it wouldn't! If the Ft Hood Islamic killer of 33 or so American soldiers on a military base is classified as a workplace incident rather than an Islamic terrorist attack..... 0dumb0 & his media whores & the defeatist demoRATs & Rinos repubs would instantly spin some yarn about how an attack on a school would NOT be classified or associated with Islamic terrorism.
“I am not clear on how an unarmed person can deter someone with a weapon determined to kill as many people as possible.”
I’m sorry... did you miss the fact that HE’S A MARINE? He’s a lethal weapon, armed or not!
(In all seriousness, I get your point. I just like Marines.)
Yes but it makes some of the parents feeeel a whole lot better
Citizen service is the American tradition and the way to wrest control from the freaks...
But he needs a GUN!
As we have seen from pictures of Israeli teachers posted here by a great FReeper, the kids and parents AND teachers seem fine with it and are used to it. No big deal....they accept the reality of life and prepare for it.
We have become complacent, lazy, smug and delusional as a society.
Our children deserve better....
It might factor into their planning as to which school or mall or theater to shoot up
the pseudo soldiers will always go for the soft target, so even one unarmed Marine can make a difference
I've been wondering the exact same thing lately....”
It would be a mistake to take this action, but who said they were smart.
Look at the targets 911.
Armed security need not equate to a police state. Why not just have parents with handgun permits volunteer to sit around and drink coffee and b.s. in the teacher’s lounge all day? I think there are plenty of grandfathers who’d love nothing better and there’s a fair number of parents who could do their work on a laptop in the school once in awhile. (It will never happen because liberals are a bunch of pantywaists and are incapable of adopting real solutions.)
Or go in the back door where there are fewer adults.
He's on school property. It's against the law to carry on school property. The answer is, he's not armed.
I find this to be emblematic. A Marine, fully trained, fully capable of defending our children, unarmed because of stupid pc sensibilities.
And yet, this is an American who is willing to put himself between the enemy and our posterity.
To be clear, I find his presence there to be completely admirable and appropriate.
The oath to support our Constitution never expires. A document whose supreme stated purpose is to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to Posterity.”
A fair point, but these kooks are looking for a soft target. Just someone paying attention, is often a deterrent.
And, would you be willing to bet your life on the fact that he's unarmed?
I certainly wouldn’t want to be the a-hole who pulls out a weapon, hoping the Marine is unarmed.
Taquia — it’s not just for Muslims anymore.
And you can tell us how much of a nonhacker you are, doggie.
My point was unless the Jihadists believe that attacking a school in the US would achieve a political goal, they won’t risk it.
They’re not stupid, just evil....
Yes, there was Belsan, but they paid a huge price for that attack and it was a setback not a success for them.
Measure what they do in political terms and the jihadist intent becomes very clear.
Islam is a political/social movement cloaked in religion....