Our cash strapped schools are spending more money but not on books or improving facilities or paying teachers properly. No they are spending it on security because after the Newton shooting parents and administrators are worried. Security companies and the gun industry, always happy to increase their profit margin, are thrilled.
Unfortunately, this is like putting a band-aid on arterial bleeding. It will only stem the flow for a millisecond before the deluge continues and the patients dies. So instead of dealing with the REAL societal, albeit difficult, issues of improving our mental health services, improving gun safety through rational and effective regulation, and targeted training programs we are just going to give a ton of money to the band-aid of more supposed “security” and more guns.
No wonder this country is in trouble. We can only focus on any issue for about five minutes and we are a chicken shits when it comes to dealing with difficult societal issues. We only make necessary changes when forced (e.g., Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation, Civil Rights movement, Suffragette Movement, etc, etc, etc).