In the wake of this year’s school shootings, California has decided that a good solution is to restrict gun access from young people wanting to legally purchase firearms.
According to Fox News, a bill to raise the age limit from 18 to 21 for purchases for rifles and shotguns sailed through the state Senate. The Democrat-proposed measure would also only allow adults, in general, to purchase one long gun a month.
Other people, however, point to the prevalence of illegally obtained weapons and are focusing on common sense school security instead. Security tends to be tightest in urban schools, and most mass shootings take place in rural and suburban communities.
National African American Gun Association president Philip Smith said after the Parkland, Florida shooting, “I think urban schools are eons ahead. They’ve been dealing with violence a lot longer than suburban schools,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
A suburban school in Indiana is working hard to change that narrative for their own schools. They’re taking so many measures to protect their students that they’ve been often dubbed the “safest school in America,” according to the Daily Signal.
Here are some of the security measures they’ve put in place at Southwestern High School in Shelbyville, Indiana:
— Teachers are equipped with special buttons they can push to immediately put the school on high alert.
— Bulletproof doors have been installed.
— Smoke canisters have been installed in the ceiling and can be deployed to disrupt an active shooter.
— The local sheriff’s office can keep an eye on activity in the school via a link to security cameras.
How does this state-of-the-art system cost? $400,000.
That’s a lot of money, but the Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey Burke pointed out that, “If you think about a classroom with 25 students in it, we’re spending about $300,000 per classroom today. And teacher salary being around $60,000, generously, there’s a lot of additional money in the classroom that we’re not really sure what that’s going towards.”
Southwestern Consolidated Schools superintendent Dr. Paula Maurer, who oversees the high school, said, “Now is the time to do something about it. We have some answers. We have the technology. We have ways to make our kids safer and we have to do it.”
Take a closer look at how effective Southwestern’s security system is in the video below: