The following letter was written with great reluctance. It may be a little early for this discussion: Too many hearts have yet to be healed. Having said that, the Democrats have already made their far too predictable opening chess move. Student survivors, unwitting pawns coaxed by liberal parents and mentors, following their talking points, are already bashing and misrepresenting the NRA. Anybody who does their homework will find out that the NRA spends surprisingly little on lobbying. The true power of the NRA is in its membership of millions of voters aligned with the values of the NRA. The NRA has no need to pay anybody off (typical liberal mythology). So while the passion of these wounded students is commendable, their claim of nonpartisanship is highly questionable. In response to the above, this article might provide the truth that will tamp down the invective of the debate while saving many lives.

This article is based on the principles of infantry and armed security training. Nobody asked for the schools to be battlefields. But they are, and you can't just wish, chant, or legislate it away. The battlefield is hot, and we are presently losing the battle. Instead of a battle plan, all we hear are talking points out of tattered old Democratic playbooks. Democratic business as usual equals "Gun Free Zones." Democratic business as usual results in bloody bodies on cold floors. The battlefield is hot, but the battle plan contains no immediate backup, much less even a call for backup. For example, consider a company of soldiers on a hot battlefield taking multiple hits by mortar and machine gun fire. It is the absolute duty of the forward observer to call for air power using accurate coordinates.

He does not call the president to blame him, call the Pentagon to revise the battle plan, or begin chanting "No More Guns" in the middle of the battlefield. Secondly, consider any county, state or federal building. For example, an alcohol rehab clinic has just experienced a lethal attack on one of its counselors. Was a gun used? What was the caliber? What was the size of the clip? Were the rounds hollow-point or steel-piercing? Did the peril buy it in a back alley? Steal it from a pawn shop? Raid somebody’s gun cabinet? What a ruse. All the above might make for a great incident report, but its not the focus.

There has been a breach of security. Security must be implemented immediately; existing security must be reinforced at once. No public official in any public facility would be content to simply declare, "We need to lobby Congress to change the gun laws!" Gun laws, mental health laws, emergency weapon seizure and detention orders certainly do have their place. Unfortunately, legal solutions are often hit-or-miss, greatly dependent on anecdotal tips being followed up, and often are subject to 60 percent majority and veto rules. Gun Free Zones have painted a target on every unarmed coach, guard and student. Conceal-and-carry ex-military and ex-police officers successfully have stopped shooters in the past. Only a lethal force can stop a lethal force — ask any soldier on the battlefield. In summation, armed security might include any or all of the following: concealed or unconcealed weapons, uniformed or plain-clothes officers, volunteer or trained officers and multiple inside/outside surveillance devices. Despite teachers' unions, much of the above fine-tuning could begin at the local school board level.

From a military perspective, perhaps the most troubling aftermath of the recent tragedy is the unforgivable intransigence of the Democrats. Fifteen teenagers and two adults were massacred in cold blood and few, if any, Democrats even have mentioned the words "armed security." Would they really stake the lives of helpless children, like cannon fodder, against their idealogical blinders to the stark necessity for enhanced security in every school? Is it possible that once proper security is established (as in so many other countries) and shooters are being halted or killed, the Democrats once again will be exposed as the frauds that they are, on the wrong side of yet another issue? In conclusion, the bad news is the battlefield is heating up. While we wait on all the marches, partisan rhetoric, legal wrangling, well-meaning fireside chats and political chicanery, who is protecting your children today and tomorrow? They need and deserve boots on the ground to man the watchtower. Every minute could cost lives — sadly, it already has. The time to act is now. Someone has to make that call for immediate backup. Is there not anyone left standing who cares enough to make that call today?

Gregory Goff,