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St. Louis County Police Chief Calls for Arming School Officials

Monday, 17 Dec 2012 01:30 PM

By Greg McDonald

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St. Louis County, Mo.,  Police Chief Tim Fitch wants to arm school personnel in the wake of the Connecticut shooting that left 20 children and six teachers dead, saying it would be like the arming of airline pilots after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
 
“I see it no differently,” Fitch told KMOX news radio in St. Louis today. “Pilots have been armed now for many, many years. We’ve not had another hijacking and the issue is, for the bad guy, he doesn’t know which airplane he’s getting on, if the pilot is armed or not.”
 
Fitch said new gun control laws won't stop the killings like the one that happened Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., because there's always going to be "somebody that's hell-bent on doing something like this.
 
"They're not going to care what the law is," he added.
 
The chief said he realizes his plan to help stop school shootings will face resistance. But he said the public and education officials, just as they have done in the past when dealing with drug issues in schools, have to first admit that things have gotten out of hand and then take drastic steps to help solve the problem.
 
As for tougher gun control laws, Fitch told the radio station, "It's just not going to happen."
 
He said governments would be better off if they focused instead on trying to strengthen mental health services throughout the country.
 
“One of the first things governments tend to cut back on in tight times are mental health services,” he said. “We know this [gunman Adam Lanza] has a mental health history in Connecticut. We’ve seen that in all the school shootings, and additional resources would be helpful.
 
"But, last resort, somebody’s got to take action and they got to do it quickly," Fitch added.”
 

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